Viking Metallers Amon Amarth Are Victorious In Phil’s Picks 2018 Top 10 New Live DVDs & Blu-rays List

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As the final few days of 2018 wind down, there is still some work to be done by critics putting in their year-ender lists.  That includes this critic.

This critic’s most recent year-ender focused on the year’s top new live CDs.  In a gradual transition to movies and television, there is still one more music list to present — the year’s top new live DVDs/BDs.  As has been noted previously, there are some live recordings that translate in  relatively acceptable fashion, but there are also others that can and should only be experienced with the full audio-visual experience.

Keeping this in mind, it is only fair to examine the year’s best new live DVDs and Blu-rays.  Topping this year’s list is Amon Amarth’s The Pursuit of Vikings25 Years in the Eye of the Storm.  There is nothing negative to say about this presentation.  The extensive documentary outlines the band’s career from the band’s own mouths, showing the group as a hard-working, blue-collar outfit that has earned its place in the metal and music communities.  The equally expansive two-night, 30-song set pulls from almost every one of the band’s albums.  The performance is great, as are the production values.

Second Place in this year’s list of the year’s best new live DVDs/BDs goes to Devin Townsend Project’s Ocean Machine Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv.  This performance features Townsend performing Ocean Machine live in its entirety along with an equally extensive by-request set.  That combination makes for a great set list.  As with Amon Amarth’s live recording, the group’s performance ensures audiences’ maintained engagement and entertainment, even at home.  The same can be said of the production values.  The whole makes the recording yet another that is best experienced with the full audio-visual presentation versus just the audio alone.

Third Place in this year’s list of the top new live DVDs and Blu-rays goes to The Rolling Stones’ San Jose, California ’99 show from Eagle Rock Entertainment.  The recording is everything that audiences have come to expect from one of the elite of the elite acts in the music industry today.  The extensive 20-song set list doesn’t play it safe, instead giving audiences material that is less common in the band’s previous live recordings from Eagle Rock Entertainment.  The group’s performance (including that of the touring musicians) couples with the production values to make the performance yet another must have for any true fan of The Rolling Stones.

Also featured in this year’s list are the new live recordings from Anthrax, The Robert Glasper Experiment and Opeth, just to name a few more acts.  As always, the first 10 titles in the last are the best, while the next five are honorable mention titles.  Without any further ado, here is Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top 10 New Live DVDs & Blu-rays.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW LIVE DVDS & BLU-RAYS

  1. Amon Amarth — The Pursuit of Vikings25 Years in the Eye of the Storm
  2. Devin Townsend Project — Ocean Machine Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv
  3. The Rolling Stones — No Security: San Jose ’99
  4. The Rolling Stones — Voodoo Lounge Uncut
  5. Accept — Symphonic Terror
  6. Opeth — Garden of the TitansLive at Red Rocks
  7. Anthrax — Kings Among Scotland
  8. The Sound of Music Live
  9. Steven Wilson — Home Invasion Live at the Royal Albert Theatre
  10. Norah Jones — Live at Ronnie Scott’s
  11. Tommy Shaw & The Contemporary Youth Orchestra — Sing For The Day!
  12. The Moody Blues — Days of Future Passed Live
  13. Overkill — Live in Overhausen
  14. Robet Glasper Experiment — Live
  15. Lacuna Coil — The 119 Show Live in London

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Steven Wilson Partners With Eagle Rock Entertainment For New Live Recording

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Steven Wilson will release his latest live recording this fall.

The Porcupine Tree front man’s new live recording, Home InvasionIn Concert at the Royal Albert Hall is scheduled to be released Nov. 2 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. It will be available on separate DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CD, digital video and audio platforms. A separate limited edition deluxe vinyl pressing of the recording is currently scheduled to be released March 22, 2019.

Home InvasionIn Concert at the Royal Albert Hall was originally captured late in March as Wilson was touring in support of his most recent solo recording, To The Bone, and was recorded at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall. The concert presented in Wilson’s new recording captures the last night of a three-night residency by Wilson and his band at the Royal Albert Hall and features a 21-song set that pulls from To The Bone and other favorites from Wilson.

The forthcoming recording also features a trio of songs recorded during the band’s sound check as part of the recordings’ bonus material. The recording’s full track listing is noted below.

Tracklisting: 
1. Intro “Truth” 
2. Nowhere Now 
3. Pariah 
4. Home Invasion / Regret #9 
5. The Creator Has A Mastertape 
6. Refuge 
7. People Who Eat Darkness 
8. Ancestral 
9. Arriving Somewhere But Not Here 
10. Permanating 
11. Song Of I 
12. Lazarus 
13. Detonation 
14. The Same Asylum As Before 
15. Song Of Unborn 
16. Vermillioncore 
17. Sleep Together 
18. Even Less 
19. Blank Tapes 
20. The Sound Of Muzak 
21. The Raven That Refused to Sing

Bonus material: 
• Interview with Steven recorded during the run of shows. 
• Three tracks recorded in rehearsal at the Royal Albert Hall:

1. Routine
2. Hand Cannot Erase
3. Heartattack In A Layby

Pre-orders are open now. A trailer for the recording is streaming online now. Along with releasing his new recording next month, Wilson will also launch the Canadian/North American leg of his tour in support of To The Bone starting Nov. 15 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The current schedule for the tour is noted below.

STEVEN WILSON US / CANADIAN TOUR DATES:

11/15 – Vancouver, BC – The Vogue

11/17 – Spokane, WA – Bing Crosby Theater

11/18 – Edmonton, ALB – Union Hall

11/19 – Calgary, ALB – The Palace Theatre

11/22 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre

11/24 – Hamilton, ON – The Studio @ 1st Ontario

11/25 – London, ON – London Music Hall

11/27 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

11/28 – Boston, MA – House of Blues

11/30 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore

12/1 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

12/2 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre

12/4 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount

12/5 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live

12/7 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

12/8 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel

12/9 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse

12/10 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom

12/11 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall

12/13 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz

12/14 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

12/15 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

12/16 – Ponte Vedra, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

12/19 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues

12/20 – Houston, TX – House of Blues

12/21 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre

More information on Steven Wilson’s new live recording is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.stevenwilsonhq.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/StevenWilsonHQ

Twitter: http://twitter.com/stevenwilsonhq

 

More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

 

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Rundgren Re-Invents Himself Again On New LP

Courtesy:  Cherry Red Records/Esoteric Antenna

Courtesy: Cherry Red Records/Esoteric Antenna

If Beatallica’s new album, Abbey Load is the most intriguing album of 2013, then Todd Rundgren’s State is a direct runner-up to the title.  Rundgren continues his tradition of re-inventing himself yet again with this new album.  The album opens with what is best described as an ear-opening mix of Pink Floyd, Devin Townsend, and Office of Strategic Influence (OSI) in ‘Imagination.’  This is a fitting title for the song, especially being that it is the album’s opener.  Its mix of electronica and rock make it a song that will definitely get many listeners’ imaginations running wild with all kinds of images.  Rundgren’s vocals on this song sound like a mix of Devin Townsend and Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree).  Whether or not it was intentional, the prog influences are there.  And at over eight minutes long, listeners are sure to find their own connections.  Regardless of the connections made, what can be sure of this song is that Rundgren shows just how much ‘imagination’ and creativity he still has.

‘Imagination’ is just the beginning of Rundgren proving that he still has plenty to offer his listeners on this new record.  The album’s second track, ‘Serious’ is just as imaginative and creative as the album’s opener.  It boasts a rather interesting funky electronica/rock hybrid sound.  The backing choruses of the song sound rather familiar, too like a much older funk tune.  And his screams are solid.  They are reminiscent of King’s X front man dUg Pinnick, strangely enough.  That combined with the song’s mix of sounds easily makes this another highlight to this new album.  It’s not just another dance/electronica song.  It’s a bridge between two musical worlds that could potentially bring fans of both electronica and dance together if only for about four minutes.

It’s not until the album reaches just past its halfway point that Rundgren goes full on techno.  ‘Smoke’ is sure to be an instant club hit with fans of the dance/electronica genre.  This is one of those types of songs that will bring down the lights, and bring out the black lights and mirror balls in clubs around the country.  Its keyboard part and solid two-four beat makes it an easily danceable song.  Of course that electronica vibe doesn’t last long as he goes back to a rock/electronica hybrid in ‘Collide-A-Scope’ before eventually making his way back to a full on techno vibe with the album’s penultimate song, ‘Party Liquor.’  This is sure to be another club hit with its keyboard part and up tempo beats and crowd chants.  What’s really interesting about this song is that at times, one can actually hear a hint of a disco influence throughout the song’s bridge section.  Forget the fact that the song is seemingly about alcohol.  It’s the song’s music that fans will really hear.  And it’s that music that audiences will enjoy.  Though there are more songs from which listeners can choose for their favorite.  This is just a sample of what makes the album stand out.  It will be available next Tuesday, April 8th in stores and online.  The physical CD and digital can both be pre-ordered now.  It can be pre-ordered via iTunes at http://smarturl.it/STATEiTunes and at http://smarturl.it/DeluxeCD for the physical CD.

Todd kicks off a tour in support of his new album next month at the Infinity Hall in Norfolk, VA.  It all kicks off May 8th.  He will have eight U.S. tour dates before heading overseas for a European tour through most of June.  And on June 23rd, he will be back stateside for the second leg of U.S. dates beginning at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA on June 23rd.  Fans can get a full list of tour dates online at Rundgren’s official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/toddrundgren or on his official website, http://www.tr-i.com.

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