Reviewed: June, 2020
Released: 2012, Metal Blade
Rating: 2/5 (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!
Cirith Ungol is finally getting the respect I feel they have deserved for a long time. After a couple of decades of inactivity they have made a few festival appearances and their 2019 live album and, as if time if writing, new studio album in 2020.
I think what maybe precipitated some of this interest was that back in 2001 Metal Blade released a cool double disc set of rarities called SERVANTS OF CHAOS. 10 years later it was reissued with a bonus DVD. Over the years of inactivity these releases sort of helped keep the band name alive.
The DVD is really cool because it is one of the only existing live shows of the band from back in the day. The eight song concert was captured on November 9th, 1984 in Los Angeles. It is medium to low budget production with just a single camera from the balcony. The sound quality is actually not bad. There is it much more I can say about this. The songs are cool with lots of nostalgia for me. Tim Baker actually does sound like that live as he does on the albums!
Admittedly this DVD is a bit weaker but it brings back that same feeling I had watching Warlord’s concert video ….AND THE CANONS OF DESTRUCTION HAVE BEGUN on VHS back in 84/85. … namely… awesome!