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Solitude Aeturnus
Hour Of Despair (DVD)
May 2015
Released: 2009, MetalMind
Rating: 4.0/5
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 concert was on February 12th, 2007 in Warsaw to a decent sized audience. Also on the bill were Vader, Onslaught (both of which also had DVD’s shot that night) and openers Nightrage. HOUR OF DESPAIR is a standard single disc DVD with a four-page booklet and a really nice piece of cover art. The concert is a pro-shot, multi-camera shoot with a heavy emphasis on blue lighting that is subdued and effective. They perform 12 songs and keep the stage banter to a minimum. The pace is slower, as expected for a doom show, no stage show or effects to speak of, but it is great to see these guys in action. The sound is good, the editing well done, and it captures a moment in time quite nicely. The concert later appeared as a live album.

HOUR OF DESPAIR should actually be called ‘Over two hours of despair’ because there is over an hour of bonus stuff. There is a band history that you can read, a discography, photo-gallery, and web-links, which in today’s age (2105) seems kind of outdated. There is a 36-minute interview with John Perez and Rob Lowe which in terms of presentation is dull, (just the guys sitting there against a blank wall, drinking beer) and the content is very interesting, and that is what counts. From a historical perspective there is some terrible quality footage of the band as far back as 1987 with their original singer at a club gig opening for Gammacide. There is some footage, equally poor, of a gig in Texas in 1992 but also very neat to see these ancient times.

Considering that as of 2015 this is the bands only DVD to date, this is an important historical document and very entertaining for all doom fans.
Track Listing

1. Scent of Death
2. Haunting the Obscure
3. Mental Pictures
4. Destiny Falls to Ruin
5. Sightless
6. 9th Day: Awakening
7. Phantoms
8. Is There
9. Pawns of Anger
10. Waiting for the Light
11. Days of Prayer
12. Falling

Bonus Features

Footage Texas, 1992
Footage Texas, 1987
Photo Gallery


Robert Lowe Vocals
Steve Moseley Guitars
John Perez Guitars
James Martin Bass
Steve Nichols Drums



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