Reviewed: June, 2020
Released: 2008, Listenable
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!
This release seems weird to me. The band released a three song EP for some reason and included a bonus DVD. What’s the point of the EP? This was not a contractual obligation release to satisfy the label. This EP was not released to showcase a new member, the line-up is the same as the previous album. This was released virtually simultaneously as the new (at the time) album, SHADOWS IN THE LIGHT. That album is only 40 minutes so these three songs could have easily fit onto a 76-minute capacity CD. In fact, some versions of SHADOWS IN THE LIGHT come with these EP on it! The three songs are not acoustic songs, or cover tunes, or joke songs or re-recordings of old songs. There are no liner notes explaining this release either. It is just three songs. There is no logical reason why this exists. It boggles my mind. Don’t get me wrong, it’s cool, I’m glad I own it but I just don’t understand it.
The bonus DVD is a pretty standard live concert. It was filmed at B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill in New York City on April 30th, 2006 on the Harnessing Ruin tour. It seems weird again to me to have Death Metal bands play in a blues club/dinner theater with a big BB KING sign behind the stage. The band could at least put up a banner or black backdrop to cover the BB King sign, but maybe the club would not let them. Still, a stage is a stage and the audience won’t care as long as we get to see the band!
Unfortunately, the sound quality is a bit murky which is a shame because as of 2020, the band has never done a live album! This is one of the only captured live representations of the veteran Death Metal bands long and illustrious career! There are about three or four cameras and the low, simple lighting doesn’t really lend itself to high quality footage.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the band and this concert is par for the course, short at 45 minutes long, and the band just roar though the tracks, little stage banter or interaction is needed. Just death. It is a small club gig and the crowd seems to be pretty enthusiastic as well.
There are no additional features unfortunately, just a quick concert and out! Because of the lack of live Immolation material, fans should certainly own this.