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Paul Di`Anno
The Beast In The East (DVD)
June 2015
Released: 2003, Metal Mind Productions
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: JP

As most Metal fans know, Metal Mind Productions based in Poland is Eastern Europe’s largest, most successful Heavy Metal company. With many divisions they have a record label, a magazine as well as doing concert promotion and post-production. MMP has released many (over 50!) Heavy Metal DVD’s, with wide distribution, most of which are pro-shot concerts in Poland and/or concerts of their Metalmania Festival. This month for our Vicious Viewing section I’ve decided to focus on four of their live concert DVD’s; Paul Di’anno, Blaze Bayley, Onslaught and Solitude Aeturnus. In each case, this is the first DVD released by these bands. Please feel free to enjoy all the reviews in this spotlight in DVD’s by MMP.

The main concert was shot in Krakow, Poland on April 10th, 2003 and it runs about an hour. It is a high-end multi-camera, multi-angle shoot at a decent sized club. The tension mounts as the band starts with the instrumental 'Transylvania' (spelled incorrectly on the DVD case) and it is over 5 minutes before he even appears on stage to the sounds of 'Wrathchild'. When he does appear it is a painful reminder of that horrible (and unfortunately long) phase where he was trying to emulate the American rap/thug style of image and hand gestures. The show is great but for a guy who keeps trying to distance himself from his past In Iron Maiden, there are eight songs in the Maiden set-list and he only ever recorded 18 songs with them, so basically he played half of each of the first Maiden albums.

There other bits and pieces from various concerts in Norway and a show Warsaw, Poland, mostly repeats of the same song. This is handheld fan shot footage and it is pretty raw but not horrible.

The DVD includes an audio versions of three songs but is pretty useless because the three songs appeared in 1997 on his HARD AS IRON album, so most fans already own these songs. The discography has a few mistakes and there is a decent photo gallery. There is a 20 minute interview with Paul in what looks like he is sitting in someone kitchen and unfortunately the whole interview is about his time in Iron Maiden, very few questions about his actual solo career. The DVD comes with a nice booklet and full credits and the overall production vale and menu operations are top-notch.

I think that this was an opportunity for Paul to establish a break from his past but unfortunately the producers and/or Paul decided that the focus was going to be on the past. THE BEAST IN THE EAST is very well done but ultimately disappointing for true Di’Anno fans who don’t necessarily want to see him do cover versions of 30 year old songs with a band of local hired guns. I don’t think he learned his lesson as he has just released his second DVD (2014) with a similar title (THE BEAST ARISES) also shot in Poland, also released by Metal Mind and with the exact same Iron Maiden songs. He is stuck in the past which is a shame because he has the talent and song-writing ability but wastes it rehashing the old days.
Track Listing

1. Transylvania
2. Wrathchild
3. Marshall Lockjaw
4. The Beast Arises
5. Murders in the Rue Morgue
6. Faith Healer
7. Killers
8. Dream Keeper
9. Remember Tomorrow
10. Impaler
11. Phantom of the Opera
12. Genghis Khan
13. Running Free

Bonus Features

Polish Bootleg

1. Marshal Lockjaw
2. The Beast Arises
3. Murders in the Rue Morgue
4. Killers
5. Remember Tomorrow

Norwegian Bootleg

1. Transylvania
2. Wrathchild
3. The Beast Arises
4. Sanctuary
5. Phantom of the Opera
6. Running Free
25. Iron Maiden


Bonus Audio tracks

1. Only In My Dreams
2. Only You That This Love Needs
3. Searching For You


Paul Di 'Anno-Vocals
Arve Isdal-Guitar
Thomas Tofthagen-Guitar
Espen Lien-Bass
Brynjulv Guddal-Drums



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