Reviewed: June, 2020
Released: 2010, Silver Lining
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!
Motörhead was so prolific in its final years I found it hard to internalize the last, say eight or even ten virtually indistinguishable albums. THE WORLD IS YOURS was the band 21st studio album and came out in 2010. For quite a few years Motörhead was on the UDR/Silver Lining group which afforded most of their releases to have some sort of bonus material.
In this case for some strange reason the bonus DVD includes six songs from the bands August 5th, 2006 performance at Wacken, four years earlier and two full album cycles back. On top of that the DVD only had six of the nineteen songs that they performed, it was the Inferno album tour at the time. Why would they include just a few songs? Why not the whole concert?
Admittedly the band was firing on all cylinders and riding a high on the strong INFERNO album, but the six songs seemed to be picked at random from the set. This was before Lemmy started to feel the impact of his age, lifestyle and habits, culminating perhaps with his onstage collapse at Wacken seven years later, August 2nd, 2013.
I always get a bit sad watching Motörhead live because every time I’m reminded of what a waste of talent it is to have Mickey Dee playing in Motörhead. He was in King Diamond AND Helloween and now he was just thumping the tubs in Motörhead playing basic rock and roll.
The DVD is super short, no frills or bonus material. It’s nice to see but I don’t really understand the point of including it. Not much of a bonus in my opinion.