Earlier this year The Aurora Project released their third album Selling The Agression on Freia Music, and my review of it was quite favourable. And now the same label and band bring us a DVD: Selling It Live. Which is, should you not have guessed, a capture of their live performance at the release of the aforementioned album. So we get the full album, and additional favourites from both band and fans.
Recorded on 32 tracks and 12 camera´s we get a close view of this band in action. And despite playing tight and focused, it takes many members quite some time to flash a smile and express their joy of playing for the large crowd. So even if they have performed live a lot (supporting amongst others Threshold, RPWL or Pain Of Salvation), knowing you are being filmed for a future release is still causing some extra tension I guess.
This results in an at times static performance. I also suspect that at least some of the backing vocals are not live, but as a whole the band sure play tight and deliver their songs with conviction. Another good thing is the video wall to support the lyrics with vivid images. The music is a heart warming combination of prog metal and neo prog, so still nothing wrong with that. Congratulations to band and label for pulling this off, and proggies, you know what to do.
NOTE: Label rep Peter tells me everything on the DVD is live, including the backing vocals!