Reviewed: June, 2020
Released: 2007, AFM
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!
I got into Mekong Delta early on in their career and have enjoyed them ever since. In 2007 the band released this as s stand alone DVD on their own indie Zardoz label. AFM were nice enough to include it as a bonus on the digipak version of LURKING FEAR. It was a bit of a comeback for the band, new line-up, new record label and first album in 10 years.
The DVD is a concert and a discography. The concert was filmed on Dec 21st, 1991 in Frankfurt. It is a club gig and it is a single camera gig with pretty poor lights and sound. The heavy fog deployed on the stage also obscures the musicians and refracts the light; it is pretty bad. Often it is out of focus and it can really only capture the middle of the stage, I don’t think we ever see the drummer once except from way back during his drum solo!
Setting aside the technical aspects of a video from 30 years ago this slice of Mekong Delta history is pretty amazing for a fan like me. It has it all, speed, power, energy and fist-banging mania! I’m impressed the guys can pull it off their unique brand of technical thrash live, just as they did in the studio. This was recorded on their DANCES OF DEATH tour, arguably the height of their power and the eight track set-list covers from the first, second and fourth album but oddly not one song from THE PRINCIPLE OF DOUBT!
This show has high marks for good nostalgia, performance and song quality for me and like-minded fans and low marks for production quality so in the end, like many of these little bonus shows from eons ago that end up getting pulled from the VHS vaults dumped onto DVD, it ends up being average.