Released: 2010, Eagle Rock Entertainment
Reviewer: Robert Williams
Black Label Society's four year old EUROPEAN INVASION: DOOM TROOPIN' LIVE DVD has recently been released in BluRay DVD format and the finished product is a real ass kicker. The sound quality in 5.1 and picture clarity on this BluRay is exceptional and a treat to behold.
A good majority of this disc was filmed in front of a packed audience at a concert in Paris, France and you get all of the hallmark classics of the BLS back catalogue up until that point in time (2006). There are also some added effects that surface from time to time that give the stellar concert footage a slightly psychedelic quality, like you're watching after a heavy drinking session. Sandwiched between the hits BLS frontman Zakk Wylde dedicates "In This River" to the late, great "Dimebag" Darrell and we also get a solo acoustic jam with riffs taken all over the place from Zakk's illustrious musical career. Zakk Wylde's vocal phrasing at times recalls his former employer's early days in Black Sabbath whereas his delivery is not unlike that of former Alice In Chains vocalist Layne Staley. Despite a large collection of pints of beer lining the drum riser for the benefit of one Zakk Wylde, the charismatic lead guitarist remains spot on for the duration of the performance footage.
There is a "Backstage Pass" featurette included where Zakk addresses the need to occasionally throw faulty equipment from the stage into the audience whether it be a faulty stage monitor or a blown speaker cabinet. The importance of the BLS colors and the sense of community and brotherhood felt in the band's core fanbase is also discussed. There's footage of Zakk working out with weights side by side with his infant son Hendrix and backstage footage of the six string gunslinger warming up backstage. You also get some humorous bits filmed on the road in Europe, not to mention Zakk accepting the Riff Lord award from Metal Hammer's Golden Gods only for Zakk to toss out to the audience upon acceptance.
Three music videos for "Suicide Messiah" including the making of documentary, "In This River" that will always be known as Zakk's song for Dime and "Fire It Up" are also included making this BluRay chock-full of awesome content and coming off as the most bang for your buck.