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LIVE IN POLAND - RESONANCE (DVD)

Galahad

 

Neo-Prog

3.82 | 38 ratings

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tszirmay
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5 stars Galahad's DVD really caught me off guard, expecting a somewhat faulty set of otherwise interesting songs scattered among a few really good albums (from Sleepers on). It turns out to be one of the most inspiring prog DVDs anywhere! It possesses all the hallmark features of a timeless monument , with pristine sound, imaginative camera-work, great lighting and effects, in a drop-dead gorgeous venue in Katowice, Poland of all places! But the biggest surprise involves the dedicated attitude of the musicians, striving to make this one-shot concert a memorable experience. The set list leans heavily on more recent albums such as the brilliant Year Zero , mainly due to their recent shift from rather traditional neo-prog stylings to a resolutely dreamier, at times Tangerine Dreamy, electronic delivery that suits them well. This was a very good move because POOF! They just metamorphosed into ORIGINAL and Unique, far from the usual IQ, Pendragon, Marillion clone. Their sound relies on rich atmospheric tapestries, with keyboardist Dean Baker at the helm, combining old school chops with liberal sprinklings of bubbly synths and swooshing strings .Drummer Spencer Luckman and bassist Lee Abraham are solid throughout, building the foundation on which Baker and guitarist Roy Keyworth can expand on , creating lush symphonics slashed by the occasional Saga-esque guitar flight. Nothing fancy- shmancy , just the right dose of "Resonance". The real stunner here is singer Stuart Nicholson , who always had a strong albeit at times finicky voice (love it or hate it) , a similar attribute to the Fish-Gabriel-Nichols school of vocals but its his stage presence that really bowled me over , not too hysteric nor rigid, a confident display that is highly sympathetic, passionate, committed and obviously dedicated to making this concert a "show" . I couldn't help having to reinstall my drooping jaw everytime I insert this disc in my laptop. From the opening strains of Prokofiev , all tracks are riveting , especially the bubbling "Year Zero" suite , the powerful "Bug Eye", a modern update on "Sleepers", the enthralling majesty of "Sidewinder" , the raucous "Empires Never Last" and all the other little gems that make up this prog video monument. Perhaps the ideal method to enjoy prog to the fullest is to lend a skeptical ear at first with minimal expectations and wait for the oozing flood of awe take over. Very big surprise are in store. 5 video guided missiles
tszirmay | 5/5 |

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