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Live at Wyspiański Theater, Katowice, Poland, February 17th 2009:

1. Metaepitome
2. Time Can Stay
3. Butterfly's Cry
4. A Method...
5. the Madness
6. A Captain on the Shore
7. Entropy
8. Dawn
9. 21st Century Schizoid Man

Bonus Video:

1. Butterfly's Cry (video clip)
2. Time Can Stay (Live at Prog'Sud)
3. Lost Inside (Live at Semifinal)
4. Wainamoinen and Youkahainen (Live at Semifinal)
5. WARNING: Ending (Without Warning) (Live at Versailles)
6. Point of View (Live at Versailles)
7. Konevitsan Kirkonkellot (Live at Spirit of 66)

-Interview with Alex Keskitalo
-Photo Gallery

Total Time: Approximately 185 minutes

Special edition CD:

1. Metaepitome (19:19)
2. Time Can Stay (8:44)
3. Butterfly's Cry (7:45)
4. A Method... (4:30)
5. the Madness (5:34)
6. A Captain on the Shore (10:22)
7. Entropy (8:02)
8. Dawn (15:07)

Total Time: 79:23

Line-up / Musicians

- Alex Keskitalo / vocals & flute
- Jaakko Kettunen / guitars
- Janne Pylkkönen / bass
- Tarmo Simonen / piano & polysix
- Ville Sjöblom / drums

Releases information

2009 Metal Mind Productions
MMP DVD 0182

Available as a single DVD pressing and a special edition with a bonus CD.

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(59%)
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Review by Easy Livin
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4 stars Overlooked Overhead

Finnish progsters Overhead formed in the late 1990s releasing their first album in 2002. They were one of the first bands to make an entire album available for free download, a move which served to introduce many more people to their refined brand of progressive rock.

"Live after all" is their first live DVD release, the disc capturing them playing live in Katowice, Poland in February 2009. The set list is largely drawn from the band's second and third albums, the encore song being a cover of King Crimson's "21st Century schizoid man". Production of the DVD was carried out by Metal Mind Productions, who have through the release of many fine DVDs developed an approach to such recordings which sets the current standard in such releases. Each DVD is filmed with astonishing attention to detail, the results being of the highest calibre in terms of both sight and sound. Overhead benefit enormously from the experience Metal Mind have gathered over the last few years, this set offering the perfect introduction to their music. In addition to the concert itself, we have the by now obligatory bonus videos, interview, discography and biography, of which more later.

The main concert video runs to just over 90 minutes, incorporating 9 well developed songs. We open with the title track from the fine "Metaepitome" album, a 19+ minute epic which builds through diverse moods and occasional spoken word. Alex Keskitalo's flute adds a folk dimension but the overall feel of the piece is very much that of a classic prog suite. At times there is an urgency to the music, elsewhere it becomes relaxed, almost mellow. The superb "Dawn" blends these qualities best, the instrumental passages here being especially appealing.

For the encore, the band let their hair down, and have some fun with King Crimson's "21st Century schizoid man". The rendition is faithful to the original at first, save for some theatrical growls by Alex Keskitalo, but features an alternative lead guitar solo by Jaakko Kettunen and a synth solo by Tarmo Simonen.

On stage, Keskitalo has an enigmatic style of interacting with the audience. In the interview which is included as a DVD extra, he proves that he has a sense of humour and a vivid imagination as he takes us through the history of the band and their albums. As he talks about the last album going "deep", and the next one going "wide", you have to wonder if he is having a Spinal Tap moment, or simply taking the P out of the interviewer!

Also included is an Old Grey Whistle Test like video for "Butterfly's cry" plus a number of live videos from various gigs. While these clips are of passing interest, particularly as some feature a beardless Keskitalo (who says if his beard goes again it means he has gone mad!), they mainly serve to emphasise the sound quality of the main event.

In all, a fine first DVD by Overhead which offers an excellent introduction to this overlooked band.

The sleeve image of Alex Keskitalo playing flute may be considered a little misleading, as it bears more than a passing resemblance to the iconic images of Ian Anderson in similar pose with Jethro Tull.

Review by Matti
4 stars OVERHEAD is among the essential Finnish prog-rock bands that have started their careers at the dawn of this century. I'm not happy with the way their style has turned more metallic (Of Sun and Moon, 2012, clearly isn't my cup of coffee), but this live DVD filmed in 2009 was a great enjoyment for me. It's very well done technically, with excellent multiple camera work and beautiful light setting. The place is Poland's Katowice, where there have been several prog festivals that have produced good live DVD's for a big number of interantional prog bands. A true European Prog Haven?

I started the viewing from the extras. The interview of vocalist-flautist Alex Keskitalo is amusing to watch. He deals with the band's progress in a charming way which is both informative and sympathetic (see Easy Livin's comment on it too!). The separate tracks from various gigs, mostly from France, are not as professionally done as the main concert but I appreciate them as bonuses, at least the ones that widen up the song selection. A special mention goes to the performance of 'Konevitsan kirkonkellot', the famous PIIRPAUKE number based on a traditional piece.

There's also a well written band biography, a photo gallery (of the Katowice concert) and a minimalistic but nice cartoon video for 'Butterfly's Cry'.

The main concert features material from Overhead's second and third albums. The latter, And We're Not Here After All (2008), marks the shift towards the heavier style - or "mellower" according to Keskitalo, which I don't quite understand. The Norwegian ULVER is mentioned as an influence of that style. A pity that Zumanthum's (2002) highlight epic is not on the set. But to my pleasure it became obvious with this concert that Metaepitome (2005), which I hadn't listened to before, is clearly their best album. The show begins with the gorgeous 19+ minute title epic. The most impressive track is the 16+ minute closing number 'Dawn', a Floydian Neo Prog epic. I deeply enjoy the atmospheric guitar and keyboards in it.

Keskitalo is indeed a naturally charismatic performer who shines in the center of the music's dramatic power, even without any overblown theatrics or fanciness. As an encore the band offers the KING CRIMSON classic '21st Century Schizoid Man'; I daresay this extended version is the most impressive I've heard! In total, this is among the finest concert DVD's I've come across for a long time, and undoubtedly the best ever by a Finnish band. Warmly recommended if you enjoy bands such as ARENA who mix Neo-ish and Metal-oriented Prog.

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