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4.67 | 57 ratings | 4 reviews | 74% 5 stars

Essential: a masterpiece of
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DVD/Video, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Eternity Ends
2. Bequest of Tears
3. In Chains
4. Bitter Symphony
5. Pain of Truth
6. No Earthly Reason
7. Forgotten Virtue
8. The Colors Changed
9. A Sad Sympathy
10. Questions
11. Answers to Life
12. Message from the Past
13. The Last Embrace
14. A Kind of Eden
15. Posthumous Silence

Total Time 175 minutes approx.

Line-up / Musicians

- Marco Glühmann / vocals
- Matthias Harder / drums
- Sebastian Harnack / bass
- Jan Petersen / guitars
- Volker Söhl / keyboards

- Guido Bungenstock / guitars
- Stephanie Hundertmark / cello
- Petra Schechter / choir
- Miriam Schell / choir
- Stefanie Richter / choir

Releases information

Progrock Records (2008)

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SYLVAN Posthumous Silence - The Show ratings distribution

(57 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(74%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(21%)
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SYLVAN Posthumous Silence - The Show reviews

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Review by erik neuteboom
4 stars


After their acclaimed CD Posthumous Silence (2006) we can enjoy the DVD version including the entire tracklist, added with Bonus Features (like the studio 2005-2006, behind the scenes, interviews and the pleasant bonustrack Artificial Paradise).

The start of the concert is impressive: a strong build-up, lots of tension, a huge curtain between the fans and the band with projections about the dark story, swelling music then fragile piano, melancholical vocals and intense cello and finally a bombastic eruption, the curtain is let down and finally the band appears, the fans freaks out! Sylvan their sound on Posthumous Silence alternates between progressive pop, melodic rock and neo-prog in which singer Marco Gluhmann is the central member. On stage Marco feels like a fish in the water, I like his voice and presentation with 'dosed theatricals', especially in Forgotten Virtue and The Last Embrace, great! Sylvan plays ticht and enthousiastic, the tracks are performed with passion and a very professional attitude, the sound is excellent and the lightshow is wonderful, just as it should be on a DVD! The long final song is the titletrack, everybody is happy and I enjoy the howling guitar runs and the bombastic overtones, the band is treated on a standing ovation when the concert is finished.

I am sure the fans who bought the CD will be delighted with this strong and entertaining DVD version of Posthumous Silence.

Review by E-Dub
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5 stars Per my review of IQ's Subterranea Live a week ago, there's something so special about a concept album performed in it's entirety. When I discovered that Sylvan were going to release a live DVD of their highly acclaimed album Posthumous Silence, I was extremely excited. It's the first Sylvan disc that I ever bought and it remains my favorite...and among the most emotional and heart wrenching concept albums that I've ever heard...especially from the viewpoint of a father.

Intense is the best way to describe this performance. Very unassuming when the show starts off with images being flashed against a mesh screen draped in front of the stage, and with keyboardist Volker Sohl, vocalist Marco Gluhmann and a lone cello player occupy the stage. When the drapery falls then it's time to prepare yourself for Posthumous Silence. Enough has been said about the music from this album, and the band performs it flawlessly. Initially, I was a bit distracted with the lyrics appearing at the bottom of the screen, but found it useful to follow along and better understand the story.

Gone is original guitarist, Kay Sohl, but in his place is Jan Petersen and extra guitarist Guido Bungenstock--both gentlemen perform their tasks brilliantly. The rest slices through Posthumous Silence with fire and grace. Marco, especially, is captivating and really gives 110% as he just pours out his emotions while bouncing back and forth between the dialogue of the father character and the deceased daughter. This carries over to the highly enthusiastic crowd as women are literally in tears towards the sets finale of A Kind Of Eden and the title track.

Bonus features include a performance of the epic Artificial Paradise, plus behind the scenes footage of the recording of both Posthumous Silence and Presets. The latter is interesting to watch, but does warrant my only complaint, and that is it's not dubbed for non-German speaking viewers. You get the overall idea, but miss out on some important bits and pieces. There are interviews with the band and those have subtitles...which is VERY helpful in an interview format.

That aside, it's not enough to go any lower than 5 stars. It's a performance so stirring that I literally had goosebumps. Additionally, it shows me just how skilled they are as musicians. Bassist Sebastian Harnack and drummer Matthias Harder were very impressive working as the rhythm unit (with Harder sounding a bit like Gavin Harrison of Porcupine Tree at times). I haven't purchased a live prog DVD that comes close to it so far in 2008. Completely brilliant!

Latest members reviews

5 stars I just watched this concert for the 3rd time and figured I would post a review of it. The show itself is of their wonderful album "Posthumous Silence." Sylvan is a very talented band and their sound is anything but retro. Although classified as neo prog, they have a modern sound which has evo ... (read more)

Report this review (#214614) | Posted by cutsofmeat | Saturday, May 9, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Posthumous Silence was a superb album and now we have a live DVD of the entire album. Given that PH is a 5 star album, it is difficult to give this DVD anything else. You get the entire album played live. Well videoed, you get the feel of a relatively intimate concert with a powerful atmosphe ... (read more)

Report this review (#184732) | Posted by ProgRobUK | Saturday, October 4, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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