Reviewed: June, 2020
Released: 2013, Nuclear Blast
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!
This version of Lingua Mortis Orchestra (LMO) is one of those weird, larger, hardback, ear book things that Nuclear Blast put out for a while . They are very annoying; easily damaged and don’t fit into CD’s racks because of their odd shape. I already owned the regular jewel case but I got this deluxe version very cheap, (under $10.00) one if the few times I’ve bought a disc twice. The only disadvantage is the it was only available in Europe so the region code is wrong for North America and I had to watch it on my computer. Also everything is in German as well.
I bought it twice because I have a little bit of a personal connection to this bonus DVD. Over 35 years I’ve seen over 1000 bands perform live in concert. There are only two shows I was at that were recorded or filmed and released this is one them.
LMO recorded with Rage on January 29th, 2013 on the 3rd sailing of 70,000 Tons of Metal. I was at that show right near the front and it was really cool experience, definitely a trip highlight. It was performed in the biggest hall and the stage was utterly packed with musicians. It was the also the world Premier of songs from the forthcoming (at the time) LMO studio album. There are a few interviews clips with Peavy and Victor inter-spliced in as well.
The main feature is the LMO, with Rage at the Rock Hard Festival in 2010. It is totally pro-shoot, it looks like for a television program. The 27-minute show features the full orchestra, unlike the stripped down version for the boat. This multi-camera show has great lights and sounds and the two styles blend really well together.
This is to date the only product from the collaboration. Victor Smolski went off and did Almanac and Rage continued with a new, less symphonic phase, getting back to their power/thrash roots with a new line-up. I’m glad I own this for the memories.