Reviewed: June, 2020
Released: 2006, XIII BS Records
Rating: 2.5/5 (Just the DVD)
Over the years I’ve done a number of more ambitious series of reviews instead of simple stand-alone reviews. This is perhaps my most ambitious project yet. This series of reviews was born out of three seemingly dissimilar and unrelated components; my viewing habits, a stockpile and the global pandemic of 2020.
As a habit and personal preference, I don’t watch a lot of TV. I prefer to read and listen to music. Over the years whenever I have bought a CD, often it will come with a bonus DVD. I would listen to and enjoy the CD and because I don’t watch much TV I just started putting the CD’s with a bonus DVD in a pile, thinking to myself, “I’ll watch the DVD….‘someday’. Over time the pile grew and grew and grew.
Secondly, it has long been a personal goal of mine, and Metal-Rules.com, to review every Hard Rock and Heavy Metal DVD on the planet. Over the years we have reviewed hundreds of stand-alone DVD’s, more than almost every other Metal webzine. However these little bonus DVD’s that come with CD’s are often, dare I say it, are largely inconsequential or ‘throw-away’ DVD’s, with not much substance other than a video or two, or maybe a brief ‘making of’ the album at hand. They are neat for the die-hard fans who want to shell out a couple extra bucks for the deluxe version of the CD but mostly they are not a big deal, very often there is not enough true content to release on their own.
At the tail end of March 2020, like many thousands of people, I lost my job due to lay-off’s precipitated by the global pandemic. In my first real full-week of self-isolation, it was April 1st in the evening, and I was sitting thinking, “How am I going to keep myself productive and occupied these next several weeks?” And there it was, sitting on my desk, staring me in the face as it had all these years. A pile of EXACTLY 50 CD’s with bonus DVD’s that needed reviewing! That ‘someday’ had suddenly became, ‘now’.
And so begins… The Covideo Chronicles. (Covid + video…get it?) By the time you read this I will have reviewed all 50 DVD’s sitting in that pile and compiled this series. 50 DVD’s. 50 days. 50 reviews. Some of these bonus DVD’s are full concerts and documentaries, some are merely a few minutes long. My goal was to do a very quick synopsis of the DVD (not even the CD) just the DVD. I’m quite sure many of these albums have already been reviewed over the years here on Metal-Rules.com. In fact, the longest part of these reviews will probably be my rambling introduction.
These are in no particular order. I was thinking of doing them chronologically by release date or maybe alphabetically but in the end I decided to review what I felt like watching that day. This exercise was a simple daily task, it kept me keep me amused and primarily I’m glad to get that damn pile off my desk. Enjoy!
I really enjoy Adagio. I even bought Stephan Forte’s solo album. I know people throw around the term underrated a lot but in this case I feel it applies. I don’t know if it is a French curse but many French Power Metal bands get overlooked.
I as very pleased to buy dominate and noted it came with a bonus DVD. The DVD is about 30 minutes long and maybe this is part of the French curse but, it is in French, with no sub-titles! By not having sub-titles on the DVD the band automatically limited their audience, by about a billion people.
Canada is in theory a bilingual nation and I could struggle through with a minimal level of understanding but most of it was lost on me. The DVD consists of a 25- minute feature and a five-minute bonus radio interview with the Forte. For the main feature we get a brief commentary by Forte and some footage of their performance at ProgPower in Atlanta back on September 18thin 2004. There is another clip from a show in Geneva. While fun to see a band I will never see, the footage quality was pretty weak.
Again, like many of these bands in this feature, It is unlikely I will ever see them live so it is nice to have a little representation of the band, however the final product is pretty weak so it balances out to an average bonus DVD.