Deep Set List, Solid Sound Production, Band Performance Form A Solid Foundation For ‘Live Over Europe’

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Veteran progressive rock outfit Fates Warning has been entertaining audiences the world over for almost forty years, having originally formed in 1982.  In the three decades-plus since the band’s formation, it has seen numerous changes in lineups and labels, yet still managed to release so far, a total of 12 full-length studio recordings.  The most recent of those recordings was 2016’s Theories of Flight, which was released via InsideOut Music.  Interestingly enough, the band has only released three (yes, three) live albums.  Though it has released a handful of live DVDs  The most recent of those live albums was released just late last month – June 29 to be precise – in the form of the 2CD recording Live Over Europe.  The recording’s 23-song set list, which forms the foundation of its presentation, was culled from the band’s extensive European tour in support of Theories of Flight.  That set list will be discussed shortly.  While the recording has been made available only on CD instead of DVD/BD, one can still garner much from the band’s performance, just not as much as could be taken from a full audio-visual experience.  That being the case, the band’s performance of the featured songs bears its own importance to the recording’s presentation.  It will be discussed a little later.  Also despite the recording’s limited presentation, its production also should be considered, and will be later, too.  Each element noted here is important in its own right to the overall presentation of Live Over Europe.  All things considered, they make this recording another welcome offering for the most devout Fates Warning fans, regardless of those fans’ opportunities to experience the band live in person.

Fates Warning’s brand new live recording Live Over Europe is a welcome addition to the music library of the band’s most devout fans.  This applies regardless of said fans’ chances of experiencing the band firsthand. This is proven in part through the recording’s extensive set list.  Composed of 23 tracks, the set list paints a rich picture of the band’s life.  Given, it’s not necessarily a career-defining or spanning recording, but it certainly does do a good job of presenting the band’s history.  It reaches all the way back to the band’s fourth album, 1988’s No Exit and all the way up to Theories of Flight (2016).  Every album between that pair is also represented, including the band’s landmark 1997 album A Pleasant Shade of Grey, the equally talked about 1991 record Parallels and of course FWX (2004) among others.  Why the band’s first three albums – Night on Brocken (1984), The Spectre Within (1985) and Awaken The Guardian (1986) – were omitted in this recording’s featured set list is anyone’s guess.  That aside, the set list presented here is still a healthy sampling of the band’s catalog, showing where the band has been and how far it has come and changed since its infancy.  Keeping that in mind, the foundation formed through the recording’s set list is strong to say the very least.  Strengthening that foundation even more is the band’s performance of the featured songs.

In regards to the band’s performance, interpreting said performance here requires a certain extra attention as audiences have to interpret that performance from an audio-only presentation versus a full audio-visual experience.  Longtime front man Ray Alder’s vocals are just as powerful throughout this recording as they have ever been.  The depth of the emotions in each song translates relatively well thanks to his vocal talents.  Mark Zonder, who has handled drumming duties for Fates Warning for several years is just as solid throughout each song, adding his own touch to each composition’s impact.  His work handling the polyrhythmic patterns of ‘One’ clearly supports that statement.  The verses present some rather difficult patterns, yet Zonder makes handling those patterns seem so easy.  Meanwhile, the guitar/bass team of Jim Matheos, Frank Aresti and Joey Vera gets its own moment to truly shine on ‘The Light and Shade of Things,’ too.  The brooding bass and guitar combo that opens the song shows just as much, the band’s ability to convey power in subtlety just as much as through much harder rocking moments.  As the song builds, so does the power from the band overall, and in turn listeners’ engagement is insured even more.  It’s one more moment that shows the band’s full commitment to entertaining audiences, and the success therein.  ‘Wish,’ which comes immediately after ‘The Light and Shade of Things,’ does just as much to exhibit each band member’s talents, and at the same time, each man’s solid performance, as it also starts with that brooding intro before building to a powerful climax and finale.  It’s just one more way in which the band’s performance shines through in this recording, even with the recording having been presented only in audio format versus audio-visual.  Much the same can be said of so many other moments throughout this recording including ‘And Yet It Moves,’ with its full-on power metal assault, ‘The Eleventh Hour,’ with its 80s metal style arrangement and the absolutely moving acoustic approach of ‘Falling.’  Between each of these songs and the others more directly addressed here, it becomes clear how dedicated the band was throughout its tour, to entertaining its audiences.  Even in an audio-only setting, that dedication translates very well from start to end.  That dedication strengthens even more, the foundation established through the recording’s set list.  The two elements together do more than enough to make this recording another offering that Fates Warning fans will appreciate.  Even with this in mind, there is still more to note in examining the recording’s whole.  That final element is its production.

The production of Fates Warning’s new live album Live Over Europe deserves its share of applause.  That is because of the balance between the vocals and the instruments in each performance.  It would have been nice to know the size of the venues where each song was recorded.  That’s because it adds a certain amount of appreciation to the work put into balancing the sound.  Even without knowing the size of the venues, one can tell certain efforts were taken to make sure that each performance translated as best as possible in each song.  That includes those responsible for on-site sound management and those who handled the sound in post production.  To that end, hearing these songs on CD is almost as good as being there in person if not as good.  With any luck, this recording will eventually be complimented by a companion DVD and/or BD release to show even more clearly the work put in to balance the vocals and instruments in each performance while also accenting the venues’ sizes.  When this is considered along with the band’s performances and the featured songs, the whole of the elements makes this audio-only presentation of Fates Warning live, an experience that fans will appreciate.  Again, it would have been nice to have had an audio visual experience to compliment it, but even without that element, it’s still one that said fans will enjoy.

Fates Warning’s latest live recording Live Over Europe is an impressive collection of live performances from a group that is one of the most respected names in the progressive rock and metal community.  It’s hardly the band’s first live recording, what with two other live recordings and a handful of live DVDs and Blu-rays.  Recorded during the band’s most recent tour across Europe, this extensive 23-song set gives both the most seasoned and the least seasoned fans alike a healthy listen to the band’s catalog.  The band’s performance is just as critical to the compilation.  It strengthens the recording’s foundation even more.  The audio production in this recording puts the final touch to its presentation.  Each element is key in its own way to the recording’s whole.  All things considered, they make Live Over Europe a live recording that any of Fates Warning’s fans will appreciate.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Live Over Europe is available now online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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‘Ocean Machine: Live…’ Is A Strong Finale Live Statement From Devin Townsend Project

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Devin Townsend has a new live recording on the way. The Devin Townsend Project founder announced Friday that the band will release Ocean Machine — Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv on July 6 via InsideOut Music.  Originally recorded September 22, 2017 at the noted venue, the concert was a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Townsend’s landmark solo album Ocean Machine.  It was more than that though.  It also offered audiences performances of other classic DTP songs complete with accompaniment from the Orchestra of Plovdiv State Opera.  That extensive set list, which runs nearly three hours in length — 2 hours 51 minutes to be exact — forms a solid foundation for the recording’s presentation, and is only one of the recording’s most important elements.  It goes without saying that the performance by the overall collective plays its own important part to the recording’s whole, too, so it will be discussed later.  The recording’s bonus material puts the final touch to its presentation.  It will also be discussed later.  Each element is key in its own way to the whole of this new live recording from DTP.  All things considered, they make Ocean Machine — Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv a presentation that DTP fans across the board will enjoy and appreciate.

Devin Townsend Project’s new forthcoming live recording Ocean Machine — Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv is an interesting new live offering that DTP fans across the board are certain to enjoy and appreciate.  That is due in no small part to the recording’s extensive, nearly three-hour-long set list.  The set list is anchored by a full performance of DTP’s landmark album Ocean Machine and is bolstered by a full, 12-song set of songs pulled from the group’s previous albums.  Given, not every one of the group’s albums is represented in that set nor are all of Townsend’s solo albums, but it still offers a healthy sampling of those records.  DTP’s 2016 album Transcendence gets the most nods in the first set, with four songs while Townsend’s solo albums Infinity and Terria get nods.  Terria gets two honors while Infinity receives one.  The lead set even reaches into his exclusive Japanese-only EP Chrsiteen with a performance of ‘Om.’  There’s even a selection from his 2006 Devin Townsend Band album Synchestra in the form of ‘Gaia’ included in this set. Of course, the first set is the only one featuring the orchestral backing.  Even with that in mind, the second set — which is just Townsend and his fellow musicians – is just as powerful as the concert’s first set.  All things considered, the overall set list presented here creates a solid foundation for Ocean Machine — Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv.  That foundation is strengthened even more through the performance of all involved in the show.

The actual performance put on by Townsend and his fellow musicians throughout the course of the concert is so important to discuss because, as with any concert, it does just as much to keep audiences engaged and entertained as the set list itself.  That is evidenced from the start of the concert to the end.  Townsend’s vocal chops at their peak, needless to say.  This includes not just his screams, but his more soaring almost operatic style vocal delivery, too.  The power in each musician’s part comes through clearly thanks to the work of those behind the cameras and sound boards.  The guitars and orchestral instruments together create a truly lasting musical impact.  That is the case even with the concert being experienced on screen.  The work of those mentioned makes the power in those performances translate so well.  Even in the moments between songs when Townsend interacts with the audience, there is just as much enjoyment.  Townsend comes across as such a laid back, personable figure, a total contrast to the power and often times fury in his music as is evidenced early on when he jokes with the audience about trying not to be one of those uppity type of musicians.  When the fans tell him to “talk s***,” his reaction is so funny.  Even in the concert’s more subdued musical moments, there is so much power thanks to the band’s attention to the songs’ lyrical content and the emotion meant to be interpreted in each.  That attention to the songs’ emotional impact through their arrangements deepens the overall impact of the group’s performance in this concert.  That in turn proves even more the importance of the group’s performance to the concert’s overall presentation.  When it is coupled with the show’s set list – which by the way is presented in the same order both on DVD/BD as it is on CD – the whole of those elements makes the recording in whole all the more enjoyable.  Even with all of this in mind, these two elements are not the recording’s only important elements.  The recording’s bonus material rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus material included in the recording is a nearly half-hour documentary that showed how the concert came to life.  From the pre-planning stage to the rehearsals to showtime, it’s all there.  Along the way, there is also an intimate one-on-one interview between Townsend and an interviewer during which Townsend talks about making the concert happen, his influences and also what led to his decision to disband Devin Townsend Project.  Audiences will be so moved by Townsend’s thoughtful response to that question.  He notes here his respect for his band mates and that he just felt that basically it was his own personal growth.  One can tell through his response that he was being honest and not just paying lip service to the interviewer.  In the same breath, there is also a much more light-hearted moment when Townsend appears on a local talk show to promote his concert.  His reaction to the host, who clearly was full of hot air, is classic.  The host’s reaction to being called out is just as funny.  Between these moments and the detail of the rehearsals and other preps for the concerts, audiences get in this bonus featurette, an in-depth look at just how much time and effort went into making this concert a reality.  It also shows a side of Townsend that most otherwise might not get to see.  That overall content proves the bonus material to be just as important to this recording’s presentation as the recording’s set list and featured performance.  When all three elements are considered together, they prove Ocean Machine — Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv to be a fitting finale from Townsend’s latest project, even though the album presented here is one of his solo albums.  That aside, Ocean Machine — Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv is a recording that every Devin Townsend fan will appreciate and enjoy.

Devin Townsend’s new live recording Ocean Machine — Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv is a fitting final live recording from Devin Townsend Project…at least for now.  Hopefully it isn’t the very last that audiences will ever get from the group.  Maybe some archived shows will be released later.  Either way, the recording proves to be enjoyable for any Devin Townsend fan.  As has been shown here, that is proven in part through an extensive two-set performance from Townsend and company.  That performance includes a full anniversary performance of Ocean Machine and a handful of select songs for a rich whole.  The performance of the songs by Townsend and company adds to the recording’s overall enjoyment.  The bonus material included with the recording puts the finishing touch to its presentation.  Each item is important in its own right in examining the whole of the recording.  All things considered, they make Ocean Machine — Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv a presentation that every Devin Townsend fan will appreciate and that is potentially one more of this year’s top new live recordings.  It will be available July 6 via InsideOut Music.  More information on Ocean Machine — Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv is available online now along with all of Devin Townsend’s latest news and more at:

 

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Leprous Releases New Single; Announces New Live Schedule

Veteran progressive rock band Leprous released more new music on Friday.

The band released its new single, ‘Golden Prayers’ to kick off the weekend.  The song was recorded during the Malina sessions, but ended up on the cutting room floor, so was unheard until now.  The band said of the song in a collective statement that it was a key composition for the band to create.

“It’s very exciting for us to finally release ‘Golden Prayers,’ the band said.  ‘It was recorded together with the Malina material, but we felt it worked better as a standalone tune than on the actual album.  So, we saved it until now!  Enjoy!”

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The single’s release is meant to help the band launch the next leg of its 2018 campaign in support of Malina, which was originally released August 25, 2017 via InsideOut Music.  That campaign includes festival appearances and performances around the world.  Those dates are noted below.

LEPROUS – Festivals 2018:
29.06.2018 Helsinki (Finland) – Tuska Open Air
Fri. 13.07.2018 Viveiro (Spain) – Resurrection Fest
Sat. 14.07.2018 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Dynamo Metal Fest
Mon. 23.07.2018 Tolmin (Slovenia) – Metaldays
Sat. 28.07.2018 Sibiu (Romania) – ARTmania Festival
Fri. 17.08.2018 Bristol (UK) – ArcTanGent Festival
Sat. 18.08.2018 Warsaw (Poland) – Prog In Park

LEPROUS + Agent Fresco – European Tour 2018:
03.09.2018 Nürnberg (Germany) – Hirsch
04.09.2018 Kosice (Slovakia) – Collosseum
07.09.2018 Sofia (Bulgaria) – Mixtape 5
08.09.2018 Athens (Greece) – Fuzz Club
10.09.2018 Belgrade (Serbia) – Dom Omladine *
12.09.2018 Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic
13.09.2018 Brno (Czech Republic) – Melodka
14.09.2018 Zagreb (Croatia) – Mocvara
15.09.2018 Graz (Austria) – Dom Im Berg
16.09.2018 Salzburg (Austria) – Rockhouse
17.09.2018 Aarau (Switzerland) – KiFF
18.09.2018 Karlsruhe (Germany) – Substage
19.09.2018 Frankfurt (Germany) – Zoom
21.09.2018 Leeds (UK) – Brudenell
22.09.2018 Manchester (UK) – Gorilla
23.09.2018 Birmingham (UK) – 02 Institute 2
24.09.2018 Vaureal (France) – Le Forum
26.09.2018 Hannover (Germany) – Musikzentrum
27.09.2018 Gothenburg (Sweden) – Sticky Fingers
28.09.2018 Stockholm (Sweden) – Klubben

Tickets for the performances are available here.  Leprous has released three singles that were included in Malina.  They are noted below.

Check out material off LEPROUS’ newest album “Malina” here:
“From The Flame” (Video): https://youtu.be/FZSlX1zXnfM
“Stuck (Radio Edit)” (Video): https://youtu.be/jk63FcCIw9g
“Illuminate” (Video): https://youtu.be/Tl4gwOMrJiQ

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‘Noise Floor’ Will Have SB Fans, Prog-Rock Fans Alike Making Plenty Of Noise

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Thirteen is considered by people the world over for some reason.  This is the case even despite the complete lack of any scientific evidence to prove that the number thirteen has any negative paranormal power.  Keeping this in mind, Spock’s Beard’s thirteenth album Noise Floor proves to be a record that doesn’t need any luck to succeed.  Released just this past Friday, May 25, the album proves to be its own lucky charm for the band.  That is proven early on in the album’s run in ‘What Becomes of Me.’ It will be discussed shortly.  The album’s single ‘Somebody’s Home,’ which also comes early in the album’s run, also serves to support that statement.  The same can be said of ‘Bulletproof,’ which is included in the record’s second disc.  Each song shows in its own way what makes Noise Floor another strong effort from the veteran progressive rock outfit.  When they are joined with the rest of the album’s entries, the end result is a work that is certain to impress the band’s longtime fans and prog rock fans in general.

Noise Floor, the 13th full-length studio recording from veteran progressive rock band Spock’s Beard, is a record that, simply put, succeeds not on luck, but on the positive of its own merits.  This is proven time and again throughout the course of its 12-song, 69-minute double-disc album.  ‘What Becomes Of Me’ is just one example of what makes Noise Floor a solid new offering from the band.  That is due at least in part to the song’s musical arrangement.  Its bass guitar-driven arrangement lends itself (at least in this critic’s ears) to certain arrangements from fellow famed progressive rock band Rush.  More specifically, the addition of its guitar line lends the song even more to comparisons with works from Rush’s 1993 album Counterparts.  Again, that is in the ears of this critic alone.  What’s really interesting here is that a close listen reveals something in the final bars of the song’s “A” section that sounds like it belongs on a James Bond movie’s soundtrack.  Random though, yes, but at least this critic noticed that sound.  Now having noted all of this, the song’s musical side is only one part of what makes it stand out.  Its lyrical content adds to its depth just as much as its musical arrangement.  The song’s lyrical theme here comes across (again, to this critic alone) as someone speaking to another person through a letter, telling a story of sorts.  That is inferred as front man Ted Leonard sings in the song’s lead verse, “When you get this message/I’m miles away, I’m leaving/But I still have so much to say/So, please keep on reading/’Cause when I slip…commit these bones to soil/A legacy of dust/A ghost I’ll remain/What becomes of me/Another trip around the sun/The righteous race has just begun/We crawl, we walk and then we run, and maybe fly/Yes, I could rule the world/And face the competition/Even if the path was clear/I don’t share that envision/You won’t see me circle back/But it’s not grace I lack/A requiem…to close the book of days…another trip around the sun/The righteous race has just begun…”  It’s almost as if the speaker is telling what became of him and what type of person he was.  The whole matter of the “trip around the sun” and the “race” having “just begun” comes across as retrospective in nature. That would seem to go in line with the rest of the song’s lyrics, in which the subject seems to sing about his own personal journey.  Of course, that could all be wrong, and is only the interpretation of this critic.  Either way, the song presents an interesting story that regardless of its theme (and because of it), makes it stand out even more.  Going full circle, when it is coupled with the song’s musical arrangement, the joining of the elements is certain to keep listeners fully engaged.  Keeping all of this in mind, this song proves to be only one of the album’s most standout entries.  ‘Somebody’s Home’ is another standout addition to the album.

‘Somebody’s Home’ stands out in part due to its musical arrangement, which is another piece that – as others have noted – is a little bit heavier than that for which the band has come to be known.  That’s at least the case in the choruses.  The verses meanwhile present something a little more familiar thanks to the cellos and keyboards.  Lyrically, the song is sure to pique listeners’ interest just as much as Leonard sings, “At the gae, but missed the gun/I can’t start, but I’m not done/Fortune never smiled at me/It left me on my own/Someone cracked/The hour glass/Shattered time and scattered dust/Set in stone/You can’t uncast/The die once thrown/And I’m in here/With the blinds all drawn/I can hear you/But I can’t respond/though the lights/Are off/And don’t give up/’Cause somebody’s home.”  This comes across a little more clearly than the lyrical theme at the center of ‘What Becomes of Me.’ It comes across as a positive message that while things have been bad, the song’s subject is there and is listening to someone who is going through a rough time.  This is especially proven as Leonard sings, “Don’t give up on me/I see more than you think I see.”  This is someone who wants another to know he/she is there for that person.  It’s an interesting, positive message that, when coupled with the song’s moving, almost 80s rock style musical arrangement, shows even more clearly why this song is another of Noise Floor’s key moments.  It is not the last of the record’s key moments, either.  ‘Bulletproof’ is yet another key addition to Noise Floor.

‘Bulletproof’ stands out because its arrangement stands distinctly apart from the arrangements in ‘Somebody’s Home,’ ‘What Becomes of Me’ and the rest of the album’s songs.  As was noted by John Boegehold in a documentary about the song, his aim was to create a song whose arrangement was distinctly similar to the Motown sounds of old.  That sound is clear in the piano-driven arrangement.  It also lives up to Leonard’s recent statement that the band is “about evolution, not revolution.”  That’s because it shows the band’s growth yet again.  The song’s lyrical side shows its own share of growth from the band.  That is evident as Leonard sings here about making the most in life despite the negative times.  This is inferred as he sings, “I woke up on a sunny day/the rain’s a million miles away/I’m gonna run down the horse…gonna pound on the walls till the ghosts come out/when I come to the roof/Let them take their aim/’Cause I’m bulletproof.”  This is all despite the song’s subject having lived “up, but mostly down.”  This is an uplifting message that is certain to have a lasting impact on any listener.  That is especially the case when this message is coupled with the song’s moving musical arrangement.  The partnering of those two elements makes this song stand out just as much as ‘Somebody’s Home’ and ‘What Becomes of Me’ without just rehashing those songs at the same time.  To that end, it’s one more way in which Noise Floor proves to be more than just a bunch of *ahem* noise from Spock’s Beard.  Rather, it proves to be a record – considering those tracks and the rest of the album’s entries – that is certain to appeal to Spock’s Beard fans across the board as much as it will progressive rock fans in general.

Spock’s Beard’s latest full-length studio recording Noise Floor – the band’s 13th album – is a record that succeeds easily more on its own merits than on any level of luck.  That is proven early on in the seemingly Rush-inspired song ‘What Becomes of Me’ and its thought-provoking story.  It is proven just as easily through the album’s single ‘Somebody’s Home,’ which is sure to inspire just as much as it is to entertain.  The same can be said of ‘Bulletproof,’ which offers its own moving musical and lyrical presentation.  When these songs are set alongside the rest of the album’s entries, they make the whole of Noise Floor much more than just a bunch of noise, but rather noise that is a welcome listening experience for SB fans and prog-rock fans alike.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Noise Floor is available online now along with all of Spock’s Beard’s latest news and more at:

 

 

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Spock’s Beard Debuts Second Single From ‘Noise Floor’

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Spock’s Beard gave listeners another preview of its new album this week.

The band unveiled the lyric video for the album’s second single ‘Somebody’s Home‘ on Thursday.  Bassist Dave Meros said of the song that he especially favored the composition.

“It’s one of my favorite songs on Noise Floor,” Meros said.

Keyboardist Ryo Okumoto agreed, saying, “This is a great song by [Spock’s Bear front man] Ted Leonard.”

‘Somebody’s Home’ follows the release of the album’s lead single, ‘To Breathe Another Day.’

Noise Floor was engineered by the band’s long-time collaborator Rich Mouser and featured drums from the band’s original drummer Nick D’Virgilio.  The album will be available May 25 in stores and online via InsideOut Music on 2CD digipack and 2LP + 2CD combo pack.  Its track listing is noted below.

Disc 1 – Noise Floor

1.     To Breathe Another Day
2.     What Becomes of Me
3.     Somebody’s Home
4.     Have We All Gone Crazy Yet
5.     So This Is Life
6.     One So Wise
7.     Box of Spiders
8.     Beginnings

Disc 2 – Cutting Room Floor

1.     Days We’ll Remember
2.     Bulletproof
3.     Vault
4.     Armageddon Nervous

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Fates Warning Debuts ‘Firefly’ Live Clip From ‘Live Over Europe’

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Fates Warning is giving audiences their first preview of its latest live recording.

The band debuted its performance of ‘Firefly‘ today.  The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming live recording Live Over Europe.  It is streaming online now here.

Live Over Europe is currently scheduled to be released June 29 via InsideOut Music.  It will be available on 2 CD and 3 LP/2CD combo pack.  Pre-orders are available online now.

The 2-CD, 23-song recording culls performances from eight stops along Fates Warning’s run through Europe this past January in support of its latest album Theories of Flight — Aschaffenburg, Germany; Belgrade, Serbia; Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece; Rome and Milan, Italy; Budapest, Hungary and Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The double-disc set, which spans the band’s 30 year-long life, was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Kreator, Symphony X) and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.  It will be available as limited edition 2-CD deluxe mediabook, 3LP/2CD combo pack, and digitally.  The recording’s full track listing is noted below.

Front man Ray Alder said in a recent interview that he was looking forward to the recording’s release.

“We would like to thank each and every one of our fans that helped us make Live Over Europe,” Alder said.  “We had a great time making this album, and we hope that you enjoyed the shows as much as we did playing them!”

FATES WARNING – “Live Over Europe“

CD 1:
1. From the Rooftops
2. Life in Still Water
3. One
4. Pale Fire
5. Seven Stars
6. SOS
7. Pieces of Me
8. Firefly
9. The Light and Shade of Things
10. Wish
11. Another Perfect Day
12. Silent Cries
13. And Yet it Moves

CD 2:
1. Still Remains
2. Nothing Left to Say
3. Acquiescence
4. The Eleventh Hour
5. Point of View
6. Falling
7. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Pt. IX
8. Through Different Eyes
9. Monument
10. Eye to Eye

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Devin Townsend Project To Release New Live Recording This Summer

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Devin Townsend has a new live recording on the way.

The Devin Townsend Project founder announced Friday that the band will release Ocean Machine — Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv on July 6 via InsideOut Music.  Originally recorded September 22, 2017 at the noted venue, the concert was a celebration of the 20th anniversary of DTP’s landmark album Ocean Machine.

The special performance featured the band accompanied by the Orchestra of Plovdiv State Opera and features the band performing the noted album in its entirety.  As an added bonus, the concert also included a handful of fan-requested songs.

Townsend said in an interview that he was glad the concert will finally see the light of day.

“Plovdiv and this live package represents a lot to me,” Townsend said.  “It signifies the end of one era and the celebration of another.  Amidst a grueling tour year, this show came together with much blood, sweat and tears, and the result is the culmination of many aspects of my work on one stage.”

He added he was impressed by the concert, looking back on it in hindsight.

“Ocean machine was released 20 years ago, and though Marty (drums) is no longer with us, I was able to finally perform the album in its entirety with the original bassist John ‘Squid’ Harder on this night,” Townsend said. “On a cold evening in an old city in the ancient theatre, many lifelong milestones came to a conclusion on this night and I’m exceptionally proud of it. This is a very special live recording of a very special night, and I hope you enjoy it as a monument to the things that inspired it all in the first place.”

Ocean Machine — Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv will be available as a limited edition deluxe 3CD/2DVD/Blu-ray artbook, special edition 3CD/DVD digipack and standalone Blu-ray as well as digital audio download. Pre-orders are open now.

The recording’s full track listing is noted below.

The full track-listing is as follows:
By Request with Orchestra

1.Truth
2.Stormbending
3.Om
4.Failure
5.By Your Command
6.Gaia
7.Deadhead
8.Canada
9.Bad Devil
10.Higher
11.A Simple Lullaby
12.Deep Peace

Ocean Machine
1.Seventh Wave
2.Life
3.Night
4.Hide Nowhere
5.Sister
6. 3 A.M.
7.Voices in the Fan
8.Greetings
9.Regulator
10.Funeral
11.Bastard
12.The Death of Music
13.Things Beyond Things

More information on Ocean Machine — Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv is available online now along with all of Devin Townsend’s latest news and more at:

 

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