Released: 2007, Metal Blade Records
Brainstorms first DVD is quite the package. The packaging itself is housed in a translucent, plastic slipcase. I don’t like these because they scratch and bend easily. The case is supposed to protect the inside! It’s gorgeous but you have be extra cautious because the ink scratches off easily. Inside is a double fold-out, digipak style printed to make it look and feel like embossed metal. It’s really well done. The back/inside panels are printed bios and a cartoon drawing of each member. They are hard to read, you have to take the discs out to read them; they should have been printed in the booklet. It comes with a 3-panel booklet with not much except a few pictures and good descriptive liner notes. The package houses two discs that will run you over 5 hours if you sat and watched in one sitting! The title is really awkward, they should have just picked one of the two titles. HONEY FROM THE B’S: BEASTING AROUND THE BUSH LIVE just doesn’t run off the tongue. I’m not sure many people would get the AC/DC reference to ‘Beating Around The Bush’ anymore.
Disc One has two concerts one from Budapest in 2005 and the other from Wacken, Germany in 2004. The sound and picture quality are more than acceptable. The full concerts seem to be intact with the band firing on all cylinders.
Disc Two has more concert clips from around the world (USA, Greece, Hungary and Germany) and the highlight is probably the PowerProg appearance. The only disappointment is that the set is virtually identical to the Wacken set, but it is not shocking because both were filmed on the SOUL TEMPTATION tour that year. There is quite a bit of cross-over, there are three versions of many songs and even four live versions of ‘Shiva’s Tears’! The band included three videos, which are cool to see, I have never seen them before. The footage ranges from really grainy and poor amateur footage (back in Greece in 2000 with Andy in a cast and sling on stage on his first tour with the band) to more recent, modern multi-camera shots on bigger stages in Germany.
My favourite bonus segment was the 25 minute long documentary called (again poorly worded) ’From Nowhere To Now Here’. The documentary was well done, lots of old footage, stories of the old days, old clips. It followed the band from the very beginning in 1987 up to the time of song-writing for DOWNBURST.
I get the feeling that the band threw everything they had, videos, concerts, clips, into this ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ DVD. It has a disjointed feel, a clip from one concert, here, a video there and five hours running time it is a pretty massive collection but it is a great value and everything a Brainstorm fan could want. At the time of writing this is already six years old and the band have had three full albums since them, so if the fans are lucky they might do another DVD for their 25th Anniversary.