Reviewed: June, 2020
Released: 2008, Nuclear Blast
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!
Kataklysm has a really great run of killer albums on Nuclear Blast and accordingly, the label spent a bit if money on the band. Some versions of the band’s album PREVAIL came with a bonus DVD.
The DVD has a five-minute photo gallery, a video for the single, ‘ Taking The World By Storm’ which is the band thrashing it out in a warehouse. It a standard in terms of presentation, but a well-done video overall.
The main feature is a concert. This concert is actually quite appropriate for the pandemic era because it is a live streaming concert. Many bands are (were) are doing live stream concerts during the self-isolation of 2020 but if you think about it, when Kataklysm did this back in 2007, it wasn’t as common.
The hour-long concert was filmed on December 3rd, 2007 in Las Vegas. It was a free stream and filmed before a small live audience of 30 contest winners. It was produced for something called Deeprockdrive. The problem is, there is no explanation what this is. Is Deeprockdrive a theme park, a casino, a promo company? A trade show? A radio station? There is no explanation in the liner notes so it would have been nice to know what we are watching. What is it and why did the band agree to do it? Who ran the contest? Where was it streamed? We may never know the answers to the burning questions.
I’m not a fan of concerts with no audience. I believe that the vast majority of bands get some sort of energy back from the audience. To be fair there were 30 people and as much as I’m ashamed to admit, I’ve seen Kataklysm in a dive-bar with probably about 30 other people so I guess this concert is not so bad but it just seems like a big professional video shoot, and less like a concert.
The lights are good, sound is good, the energy is good and course the music is great, so it is a neat show to have as a bonus.