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Overhead

Live After All DVD

Review by Ron Fuchs

Overhead is a relatively new band out of Finland with three studio albums under their belt. My first introduction to them is their live concert DVD, Live After All, which illustrates the group‘s career so far. The source of the DVD is in Katowice, Poland where they took part in the inaugural ProgRock 2009 Festival on February 17th 2009. The footage is brought to you by Metal Mind Records. The band consists of Jaako Kettunen (guitars), Tarmo Simonen (keyboards), Alex Keskitalo (lead vocals/flute), Jaakko Kettunen (Bass) and Ville Sjoblom (drums)

I must admit that I’m not familiar with the music but I’m intrigued by it each time I watch this DVD. I’m sure there’s others like me out there in the same situation. I do plan, in the near future, to collect each of their studio albums I‘m also mesmerized by the band‘s version of the King Crimson classic, “21st Century Schizoid Man.” It’s almost as if the band took apart the song and put it back together within their “sound.” Keskitalo’s English is very good as you can hear the in between songs banter as well as during the very informative interview segment located in the bonus features. You get to learn the band’s history which is quite enlightening.

Overall,  this is a perfect introduction to this amazing band from Finland. The concert comes two ways, a DVD only and a CD/DVD limited edition set. This gives fans new, old and future a choice as to which to buy. It’s one of the better concert DVDs of 2009 that shows off new sounds each time I watch it.

If you’re already a fan of the band, then this is an essential release. New comers such as myself will be satisfied with the music which is best described as “symphonic/progressive rock.” It’s also one of the more modern bands in the genre that combines old and new influences.

Basically this is one of the better live DVDs released in 2009 and I would recommend it to fans of Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and any one of the other bands that played at the ProgRock 2009 festival especially RPWL, DeeExpus and Tinyfish.

Originally published at Prognaut.com


This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2010  Volume 5 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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