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Album Review FLYING COLORS-Second Flight: Live at the Z7 :: Maelstrom :: Issue No 78
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9/10 Avi
 

FLYING COLORS - Second Flight: Live at the Z7 - CD - Mascot Label Group - 2015

This new live release - a DVD+2CD combo - by the supergroup Flying Colors lives up to the expectation. It is a crystal clear, crisp, professional recording that captures the synergic band in top shape, delivering songs from the two albums it has released so far with fitting energy and passion. This excellent group of musicians seems to thrive on genuine mutual respect, which allows for the talents to shine through in support of the songs, and that is a pleasure to watch and to listen to.

The added value of the live performance is pronounced clearer on the DVD version. It is not only due to the visuals - which certainly help in placing you inside the concert setting (the DVD also has two different surround mixes, to simulate different locations within the venue); but also in some interaction with the audience, which was edited out of the audio CDs (probably in support of a more fluent listening experience). The most notable of this is the live take of "Forever In A Daze" (which features an extended, funky bass solo by Dave Larue) being followed by a spontaneous interaction with the audience that results in the band playing a section again after the song had finished.

While most of the songs receive an adrenaline boost (Mike Portnoy certainly fuels the occurrences with his over the top drum assault), "One Love Forever" is strangely less bombastic compared to the original studio take, and while it might initially seem anemic, it has its charm.

Another highlight is "Mask Machine," as its live presentation features some dedicated instrumentation that makes it distinguishable from its studio counterpart. (9/10)

 

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ISSUE 78
ALBUM REVIEWS

(A-B)  (B-D)  (D-G)  (G-K)  (K-M)  (M-P)  (P-S)  (S-ST)  (S-W)  (W-Z)

DOOMED
Wrath Monolith

ENNUI
Falsvs Anno Dom

EVOKE THY LORDS
Boys! Raise Gia

FALLEN ANGELS
World In Decay

FLYING COLORS
Second Flight:

FORD, ROBBEN
Into The Sun

FRACTURED SPINE
Memoirs Of A Sh

GALACTIC
Into The Deep

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