, attached to 2009-08-14

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw A fantastic show from front to back, and easily a top contender for the best of 2009.

First set is as good as the second IMO. PYITE is very well played. Col Forbin although a rarity shows no signs of rust what-so-ever. Same with mockingbird which is probably the most complicated thing Trey plays. It's also interesting to note the feeling of despair when Trey doesn't include a narration during Mockingbird, and I believe this is the first time since the original versions that he didn't? Highlight of the set (and possibly the show) for me is the Stash. I find it incredible that it's not mentioned more as it is as solid as they come. It may trade some of it's typical tension and release for more of a thunderous pulsing sound but that's more than ok to me because it all fits perfectly.

DWD is always an excellent candidate to open a set and this one is great. The biggest issue I have with it (and my biggest issue of this entire show) is why the hell Trey ripchorded into Wilson. The jam still had life and he impatiently started that riff, I understand really wanting to play something but ease into it a little more. Slave is also outstanding, great peaks that are hardly seen in 3.0. Piper has a nice quick little jam. The Catapult -> Icculus section continues the fun aspect of this show and is unique as hell. YEM is standard but well played all the same.

Fairly average encore to these ears. But not a super cliche song choice for it.


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