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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Lupari

CODE INDIGO: The MELTdown Concert (2014)

Updated: Jul 13, 2020

This is a superb mix of a great music from Code Indigo and the images which were floating with creativity in the head of Nigel Turner-Heffer

(DVD 86:00) (V.F.)

(Progressive, melodic e-rock)

We see the quartet fading out behind a valence in ice which drops its droplets as it melts. A room in a dark building. Rubbish scattered everywhere. Waste, excesses of humanity. And behind these images floats the idle introduction to Welcome to the Asylum. THE MELTdown CONCERT is a very daring project which rests essentially on the quality of the visual effects and the graphics which get follow in line and which get melted on a big screen behind Code Indigo, when the famous group of English progressive EM gave the only performance of the Meltdown album at the E-Day Festival in Oirschot, Netherlands, on April 6, 2013. The music is essentially the same. The intros and outros vary. Shortening or lengthening a few tracks without really changing the very essence of the album. Except that THE MELTdown CONCERT on DVD is not essentially a video of Code Indigo in concert, although we often see the band in action. This is a video that gathers all the stories, imagined and put into graphics by Nigel Turner-Heffer, which hide behind each title of the Meltdown album. And these graphics are surprisingly beautiful. Space, the real world, money, big computers, the stock market, the health market. Everything is superbly well designed and subtly connects with the main lines of this Code Indigo concept album which mainly denounced the financial greed of a company that eats everything from the inside. And these images, these visions of Nigel Turner-Heffer merge, coming from the ice or the fire, wonderfully at the shots of the quartet, dressed very soberly, who has splendidly reconstituted this very beautiful album that is Meltdown.

I enjoyed watching THE MELTdown CONCERT and I think it should serve like a reference for future productions of the genre. It's a very good DVD where the music serves the cause of the intuitiveness of Nigel Turner-Heffer. And the mix between graphics, visual effects, short films and images of the band in concert is just right. There are no lengths. We just see enough Indigo Code and the music is the real star. And above all, we can now see this very good album with a dimension that we didn't even dare to imagine in our head. Very well done and it fits perfectly on a big screen ... A bit like we were there.

Sylvain Lupari (April 17th, 2014) *****

Available at AD Music

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