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5 stars Truly exceptional!

After a string of mildly successful studio albums, the band returns to where they are best at - performing live. This well produced DVD is a nicely balanced combination of some recent tunes and earlier works.

Off to a bombastic start with majestically heavy keyboards followed by a melodic song from "Iron Curtain". This is followed by their signature tune "Odlot" where they truly rip into some spirited improvisations. Skrzek on distorted bass while Apostolis plays a couple of scorching solos on guitar. Jazzy scales that reminds of John Coltrane and a nod to Electric Miles while the whammy bar is just about to disintegrate. Just brilliant!

Rousing ovation by the audience prompts the band to maintain the pace on the following tunes before settling back to a more laid back approach - if only for a short breathing space. Alternating between some heavy, or melodic pieces, a drum solo and some more solid bass work leads even to an excellent blues before the band dons their "old clothes" again and concludes the show with - yet another - instrumental run.

It's hard to fathom how this trio are able to maintain such rich texture of sounds with no overdubs. Exceptional talent and commitment is on display here and best of all, they all seem to have tremendous fun in doing so. Multi-instrumentalist Skrzek keeps getting better while Apostolis constantly re-inventing his approach to the guitar. Seasoned veteran drummer Gabor Nemeth maintains absolute precision for nearly two hours with relative ease. Frankly, it couldn't get much better.

A long time follower of SBB, my preference has always been for their improvised works. Nevertheless, the combination of different pieces here blend well together and makes me a very happy "customer". Highly recommended, nothing short of a masterpiece in Prog.

BORA | 5/5 |


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