Reviewed: June, 2020
Rating: 4/5 (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!
In 2010 Candlemass released their 4thlive album and some versions came with a bonus DVD. I guess you could say it is a 25thanniversary type of thing but it is not presented as such. 2009 was a big year fro the band. They released their tenth studio album, DEATH MAGIC DOOM and had a pretty big tour in support of it. The bonus DVD captures two of those shows.
The first show, which is also the live album, was filmed at SwedenRock on June 4th, 2009. It is a pretty huge show in broad daylight on a sunny day. Not the perfect environment for doom! The band plods through 10 cuts plus a cover version of Rainbow’s, Kill The King. The multi-camera shoot is well done and Lowe engages the audience and performs well.
The bonus feature so to speak is a theater gig in Athens Greece just four months later. The stage is pretty big and they estimate that 800-100 people were there. This concert seems more in live with what I would expect, or want to see in a Candlemass gig. The concert looks like it was actually professionally filmed and has some effects added to it, post-production to make it look more like an event. The style of the visuals of the concert is made to look like grainy film footage, maybe and old fashioned look with diminished colours and lighting, but it looks really cool to me. The set-list is nearly identical to the SwedenRock show, which is to be expected on the same tour cycle, but scrambled in sequence. Nine of the songs from the SwedenRock show get performed again in Athens, plus five more tracks.
There is a bonus feature. It is a 30-minute interview with a Greek Metal TV show with Lief and Robert. The interview isn’t actually 30 minutes long because there are songs spliced in between interview segments but it is a nice feature, a pre-show interview talking about the band first trip to Greece in many years.
For the value, this is a great DVD. Lots of interesting content, two full concerts and good production values. This is a great celebration of the band.