Reviewed: June, 2020
Released: 2008, Regain
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!
Marduk has always been one of my favourite Black Metal bands. While Cradle, Dimmu and many others evolved, Marduk stayed true to their roots all these years.
I actually own the original pressing called LIVE IN GERMANIA from 1997 but I got this 2008 repressing as a gift and it had the bonus DVD and alternate artwork so I kept both copies. It is a six-song show from Oslo in May 1994. This would have been on the ‘Those Of The Unlight’ tour. Apparently it was the bands first show outside of Sweden.
The live DVD is about as raw and under-produced as you can get. It is a single blurry camera view from one side of a tiny, cramped stage at a bad angle. Most of the time you can only see three of the five members. It’s so cramped the band don’t have room to move. The sound is horrible and I don’t mean the bands playing. I’m usually very tolerant of low production value but this show is virtually unwatchable and unlistenable.
The band plays half of THOSE OF THE UNLIGHT (4 songs), one cut from DARK ENDLESS and ‘Sulphur Souls’ from the forthcoming (at the time) album, OPUS NOCTURNE. It was cool to see footage of Joakim who was only in the band for a couple of years. It was also weird to see the band as a quintet, and they don’t say who the second touring guitarist was but I suspect it was Peter Tagtgren who hung out wit the band for a few years.
In terms of content it is pretty amazing to see the band all those years ago, (they look so young!) but this is no more than a curio for the truest of the true.