Reviewed: June, 2020
Released: 2008, Massacre
Rating: 3/5 (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!
I think that some folks forget that Legion Of The Damned have been around for almost 30 years, dating way back to 1992 when they were known as Occult. While Occult was a good band name, it lacked distinction and I think they renamed themselves it was a good move because their stature has only increased ever since.
Back in 2008 the band released their 4thalbum (9thoverall) CULT OF THE DEAD. The band was one of the bigger bands on the roster and accordingly had some budget and some cool variations of their albums. I happen to own the 3-disc digibook version that comes with a bonus DVD. The package itself is weird. I have a few totally unique shaped packages for various releases and this is one of those. It is like a mini hardbound book that is slightly larger than a double digipak. IT looks really cool but it is strange. Inside we get the album, a live album and the DVD. You can tell money was put into the production of this set because even the DVD is embossed with imagery! I’ve only seen that maybe a dozen times.
When I wrote this review it was Easter Day so I thought it was appropriate to review CULT OF THE DEAD. You can take a look at the album cover with alternate artwork, including the ‘evil nun’ to get a better idea.
THE DVD is a simple affair, it is a live in the rehearsal room, mini concert. It runs about 42 minutes and the band rips through the entire album all 10 songs, of the CULT OF THE DEAD album, start to finish. The production of the DVD is very high quality; the menus, the graphics are all top-notch. In between in each song there is a quote to tie in with the anti-religious theme of the album. Now here is the slightly disappointing part…everything is set-up for a killer DVD and then the footage is black and white! The band is standing in a small bunker, in close quarters just practicing. They are just running through the songs, the singer is just standing reading the lyrics off a sheet of paper! It is truly a rehearsal, not a concert at all. It seemed a bit anti-climatic. Fortunately it is a killer record and it is cool to be a fly on the wall.