Storm Surge: Live at NEARfest
by Phil Derby, Electroambient Space
Steve was only given 45 minutes to show the audience at NEARfest what he could do, so he made the most of it with this set. Very much like ON THIS PLANET, it covers a wide variety of his recent material. Unlike that release, this one is the real deal, unedited, as it happened, not a studio reinterpretation. The visceral power is there, from the thunder-charged opening of "This Planet" to the softly fading didgeridoo at the end of "Darktime". In between, the music is all familiar, representing CORE, MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES, POSSIBLE PLANET, LIGHT FANTASTIC, even all the way back to STORMWARNING. However, the arrangements and the flow are different enough that Steve Roach fans will most likely want to include this in their collection. It is worth noting that the CD that accompanies the KAIROS DVD is similar musically, and runs considerably longer at 74 minutes. However, if you want to transport yourself into the concert setting and have been unable to make it to one of Steve's shows, this is the next best thing to being there.