Let's leave aside the fact that I was there that cold November night, to see one of the great match-ups on any bill ie. Paradise Lost with Opeth to close. Super venue, super accoustics and of course super music.
There might be a tendancy to buy the live CD as a keep-sake and nothing more. But as a fan of both extreme metal and prog; this album really delivers.How The West Was Won, Past Lives , Space Ritual , Nothing Is Easy , Different Stages , Salival, Strangers in The Night , Seconds Out , Everything Louder... are all classic live albums; and here comes the shock. The Rounhouse Tapes can proudly stand alongside the aforementioned.
They generously chose a set comprising of a song from each album ( 2 from Park and Hearse )that avoided the night being a Ghost Reveries showcase.A truly great live album is like a decent Claret; once opened you have to consume the lot in one go.After listening to it in one go, if you find yourself actually cheering along with the crowd after each song, then we have a classic.
Opeth might be Tool's understudies or Steve Wilson's babies; but with The Roundhouse Tapes, the stabilisers are off and they are flying.