This must be one of the latest releases of 2015, if I'm not mistaken.
I discovered Galahad a few years ago through their fantastic “Empires Never Last album” and I followe the band's studio releases since then. The next 2 albums 'Battle Scars' and 'Beyond the Realms of Euphoria' were good ones, but not so good as “Empires”...
The live recordings for this album were made in 2013 at the Polish theater 'Oscar' at Konin, Poland, while the band was touring in order to promote their two new albums at the time.
The whole package contains 2 audio cd’s and a dvd including the whole concert.
What I am writing here is about the audio cd’s only.
Galahad started their career in the mid '80's and during the first decades their sound was heavily influenced by bands like Genesis and Marillion. But since the release of 'Empires Never Last', the band had already taken a new direction, their sound became heavier and it was kind of dominated by keyboards. These changes are even more prominent in this live cd.
From the very first song ("Salvation I Overture") we almost have the feeling of being in a dance club dancing on a techno beat from the keyboard player Dean Baker. In the next song, which is a suite, the singing begins with a faster tempo full of heavy sound. "Guardian Angel" has a melodic chorus with some clear Riverside passages and "Empires Never Last" brings things down on the first part with some improvisation in the middle of the song. "This Life could be my last" is a “must-listen” favorite with a dramatic melody carried by the emotional vocals of Stuart Nicholson.This live show could not exist without the old epic "Sleepers" that is still amazing on this live recording.
It is clear that the band members desired to sound a kind of modern with some techno effects, heavy guitars while trying to get away from the Neo-Prog tag and, probably, they’d prefer to sound more like "symphonic Rammstein!
Speaking on behalf of myself, I enjoyed these more powerful live versions, but I still prefer the studio ones in most occasions.
In my opinion, this is a good live album in general and a "must" for Galahad's fans.