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Porcupine Tree


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5 stars Porcupine Tree - Arriving Somewhere... DVD

Review by ProgKidJoel

Porcupine Tree, the band at the forefront of modern prog, are one of the best bands going around. This DVD stands as a testament to that, showing that a band which is brilliant in studio truly can be better live. This is the band's first (and currently only) DVD release, and this remains in the top 3 live videos I've ever been given the privilege and honour to see.

The band is captured live in CHICAGO, 2005, on the DEADWING tour on this DVD. This is sonically in the top 0.5% of live recordings I've ever heard, both visually and aurally. Perfect live performances, sound, camera angles and directing style round out this perfect set into one of the best prog DVD's ever.

The band play an all-star set here, choosing to focus on tracks from the latter half of their career. Opening with a great live energy and perfect performance on OPEN CAR, the band choose to play a great selection of B-Sides, smash hits and crowd pleasers to build up a perfect live set. The band performs every one of these tracks perfectly live (other than a minor hiccup in TRAINS) and never ceases to amaze, especially during HATESONG, SO CALLED FRIEND and MOTHER AND CHILD DIVIDED.

Every band member was on fire the night this was recorded - Steven Wilson sung and played guitar like never before, Colin Edwin grooved along quietly all night, Richard Barbieri mixed the live set whilst playing brilliant ambient synth and hair-raising piano, Gavin Harisson played the best drum sections you will ever see, and John Wesley (only a Porcupine Tree member during live performances) contributed great rhythmic guitar, vocals and the occasional solo.

The highlights of this DVD include the live version of HATESONG, which has around three more minutes before it closes, full of masterful soloing by Steven Wilson and the best drum section I've ever seen live by Gavin Harrison. I have absolutley no complaints about the quality of this DVD, and am thrilled that it introduced me to this band's live prowess and many of their tracks I hadn't previously heard.

A perfect live DVD, and well worth every penny.

Until next time, -Joel

progkidjoel | 5/5 |


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