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4.61 | 57 ratings | 2 reviews | 67% 5 stars

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DVD/Video, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Effervescent!
2. True North
3. Lucky Animals
4. Planet of the Apes
5. Truth
6. War
7. Soul Driven
8. Planet Smasher
9. Babysong
10. Vampolka
11. Vampira
12. Addicted!
13. Color Your World
14. The Greys
15. Hyperdrive
16. Ih-Ah!
17. Where We Belong
18. Detox
19. Bend It Like Bender!
20. Life
21. Kingdom
22. Juular
23. Love?)
24. Colonial Boy
25. Grace
26. Little Pig

Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Line-up / Musicians

- Devin Townsend / guitars, vocals
- Dave Young / guitars
- Brian Waddell / bass
- Ryan Vanporderooyen / drums
- Steve Vai / narraror
- Anneke Van Giersbergen / guest vocals
- Jed Simon / guest guitar
- Dom Lawson / guest vocals
- Andy Travis / Harold


The "Deconstruction Choir" :
- Caroline Campbell
- April Amos
- Lukus Holmes
- Josh Bevan

Releases information

Live release in London October 27 2012, (Blu-Ray/DVD/CD) by HeavyDevy Records
with audio commentary and making of documentary

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DEVIN TOWNSEND The Retinal Circus ratings distribution

(57 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(67%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(28%)
Good, but non-essential (4%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy, RPI, Symph, JR/F Canterbury Teams
5 stars Devin Townsend was thinking about this project for years, and it finally came true in 2012, here he can have for prosperity his Broadway musical "The Retinal Circus". This theatrical production has a story that was supposed to illustrate his 20 years career. How the artist can put in a story the music of different parts of his career when every album has his own story? We can think that the story is secondary compare to the music. He wanted to give some entertaining value to the music that is already pleasant to hear. So we got a big production here with costumes, plenty of characters, visual objects, a choir. The musicians had the task to keep their focus on their music while there were a lot of things going on in the stage. Steve Vai, a long time friend of Devin is doing the narration between songs to explain the story of the evolution of man through the mind of Mr. Townsend, which include the invasion of aliens.

The music is intense as usual with 3 different kinds of songs: the complex prog songs, the quiet and dark ones, and the heavy ones; 2 Strapping Young Lads songs, with the original guitar player, Jed Simon. The vocals of Anneke Van Giersbergen are well worth the price of admission here by giving more melodic feel to the music. You can here and see the results of this in the simple song "Ih-Ah!". The set list is well crafted with a balance set of songs of different moods and you never get bored during this 2 hours and forty minutes show.

The final scene is really special with the recreation of a living room where every band members pass through a door and gets a rest while Devin sings his little acoustic piece "Little Pig". It's impressive to know that this big production was done on low budget and that the man is still sticking to his ideas despite the lack of funds. I hope this efforts serve him in the future and help the band to have more recognition because, the man has a lot of others ideas to bring to the world of the experimental metal scene, and need plenty of money if he want to do others big productions! I have to give 5 stars here, because it's the first time we can see a document of that nature and that proportion in the metal world.

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4 stars "The Retinal Circus" is the sort of in-depth, live retrospective that a fan of any artist dreams of, and Devin Townsend does it only as he can, in a silly, surrealist manner. Steve Vai narrates a loose narrative about a dreamer named Harold, tied together by selections from Devin's considerable ... (read more)

Report this review (#1371430) | Posted by HunterD | Saturday, February 21, 2015 | Review Permanlink

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