Reviewed: June, 2020
Released: 2008, Regain
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!
As most Marduk fans know, the band signed a deal with Regain Records who issued quite a large amount of the bands back catalogue over the years. Thankfully for fans, many of these titles came with bonus material and LA GRANDE DANCE MACBRE is no exception. Originally pressed in 2001, this 2008 reissue was a two-disc set.
The bonus DVD is a concert, no more no less. No extra features, just the show. Filmed in Essen, Germany on Dec 12th, 2001.
The concert itself is as raw as one might expect, featuring what some consider to be the ‘classic’ Marduk line-up. The concert is a single camera from the back and it even has the date and time stamp still on it! The shots are pretty blurry, the sound pretty poor and pretty much for most of the time the camera is focused on Legion (the vocalist) the whole time.
I’m giving this a bit of a higher rating than I might normally for a concert with such low production vale, meaning non-existent, because that is the whole point of black Metal…it is not supposed to be slick and if it is really glossy, the band is doing something wrong. This brief gig catches the classic line-up at arguably their highest point. I never saw Marduk with Legion, only a few times in the Mortuus era, so this is a nice thing to have in my collection.