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Porcupine Tree


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4.66 | 552 ratings

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5 stars Okay, so Anesthetize is obviously pretty fantastic. Here's why:

The filming in this is much better than that in Arriving Somwhere... (I always felt that Arriving Somewhere...'s visual distracted from the actual performance), The drums in the intro of Anesthetize blow my mind every time I see them (mostly because I know how hard that camera work must have been). The stage lightwork is also of note. Half-Light especially has some really textured lighting. Anesthetize has an astonishing strobe at one of its climaxes. Also, Lasse Hoile's live videos take much more of a presence in this performance, and rightfully so. They're fine augmentations to the music. By the way, a lot of those you can download at, even some songs from the DVD are up there!

The music . Incredible. I saw these guys live last year, and they really captured their live performance well, outside of Wilson's crowd interaction (but I have a feeling he doesn't speak Dutch). Gavin Harrison, I feel, is the centerpiece of most of the DVD. This makes sense, as watching him play is downright enthralling. His drum work is delicious throughout the DVD, but the best of it can be seen in Anesthetize. Well, the best of everyone can be seen on Anesthetize. (Well, Barbieri probably shines a bit more on Sleep Together, but hey!). Anyways, they look comfortable up there, and they can have that privilege, with the music they're putting out.

So basically, this is a must have if you like music. The music is spectacular, and the filming captures everything the viewer wants.

PorcupineThief | 5/5 |


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