Reviewed: February 2020
Released: 2001, Locomotive Records
The quest to review every DVD every produced continues! Metalium’s flame burned bright and hot for 10 years…eight studio albums and two DVD’s. I am going to review the first DVD put out in 2001, called METALIAN ATTACK-Part 1 1999-2001.
This version of the DVD seems a little low-budget, there is a single insert and single DVD. This is a Spanish pressing on Locomotive Records, which for a while had some distribution in North America but the quality often wasn’t there. Apparently there is a deluxe edition with a bonus 33 minute live CD and a comic as well. The total run time of this disc is just over an hour.
The DVD is a mixed bag of road movie, documentary, interviews and live clips. It is kind of anchored by an interview with bassist Lars Ratz, the founder of the band and it covers the bands earliest days, starting as a fun project to write a song (‘Burning’) for the Nuclear Blast Accept tribute. He also explains the creation of the band name, the logo, the mascot and the stroyline behind rhe album all of which was very interesting. I have known about the band forever, I bought the debut when it came out, but over the years I had mostly forgotten the ‘German’ band had three Americans in it, Jack Frost, Chris Caffery and Mike Terrana! I thought the tour of the bands rehearsal studio in Hamburg was a neat segment as well. Wacken back in 1999 looked small! There was lots of goofing around and light-hearted hi-jinks in this loose and fun DVD.
I really appreciate owning and viewing this DVD. Metalium was a strictly European band, their CDs were hard to find in North America, to the best of my knowledge they never toured here and they have broken up, so this really is only chance to see them and learn about the band. I think Metalium don’t get enough respect, as much as say, Hammerfall, for helping spearhead the lately 90’s True Metal/Power Metal resurgence. This DVD may renew your appreciation for this band or even serve as a great introduction to them as well.
- Format: PAL, DVD
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2
- Aspect Ratio: Unknown
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: NR Not Rated
- Studio: Mystic Production