It's not often we can call a release "perfect" nowadays.... Lost in the mainstream market, Porcupine Tree looks like an UFO for most people. Somewhere between Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and something else difficult to define, they deliver their technical works each year for prog/Metal fans greatest pleasure.
This long-awaited live dvd release from a two-night stand at 013 hall, Tilburg, Holland shows how a live still can be recorded today. I was at night #2 and can tell what we find on this dvd is the true reflection of what I've seen/heard back in october 2008. Those who already saw the band live know Mr Wilson aims high quality performances in terms of sound and playing. You'll find all that in "Anesthetize". Indeed, the 5.1 DTS Mix is the best since Rush's "Snakes & Arrows", especially Gavin Harrison's drums : clear, powerful, each cymbal or drum is clearly heard.
013 hall fits perfectly for this kind of performance : intimate but big enough to set a nice light show.
Setlist is quite unique as they specially performed the full "Fear" album both nights for the dvd, with some rarities added each night as second set. Everything is played with power, grace, technique, and passion.
No compromise, this is THE prog dvd of the year! From start to end, image & sound quality are at their peak.
For the die-hard fans, a ltd ed. of the dvd has been released on PT own site, presented in a wonderful book, with the audio version of the show on 2cd's, along with dvd and Blu-Ray.
Thanx you Mr Wilson for delivering such great music and quality releases!
So don't waste anymore time, buy this piece of work, put the volume up to eleven, and enjoy!