Reviewed: June, 2020
Released: 2010, Metal Blade
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 1stin 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 in 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!
Charred Walls Of The Damned is actually a pretty solid supergroup with some veteran dudes of the US East Coast. Back in 2010 they signed to Metal Blade and delivered their self-tilted debut album.The digipak version came with a bonus DVD. The main feature is a 25 minute making of the album sessions.
The DVD while kind of low budget is reasonably well done with some tilted and music dropped in and few sound effects. The band gathered in Suecof Audiohammer studios and blasted through the nine-track album.
The whole affair seemed to be fuelled by fun and lubricated by liquor. There was quite a bit of footage of the guys getting drunk, mooning the camera, farting on each other, screaming at the camera and other standard goofiness. I probably didn’t need to see the constant emphasis on Suecoffs back hair, it is not amusing as they seem to think it is. Only Steve DiGiorgio seems to stay a bit out of the fray.
Suecofs impressions of Donald Tardy, Glenn Danzig and Jim Gillette were actually very funny and really well done. Brian Slagel, Cain the Dog and a duck all make guest appearances. All the in-studio footage is inter spliced with a few attempts at a serious interview that never quite succeeds. The DVD ends with two really low budget videos of Richard Christy playing the drums in front of a green screen, one is a solo and one is a run through of ‘Ghost Town’.
Like most of these ‘making of’ segments, it is pretty inconsequential but a neat peek at the process. The studio might not be as glamorous as you might think!