Reviewed: June, 2020
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’m a super huge Rage fan and this is certainly one of my favourite Rage albums. F or a while Nuclear Blast was giving Rage the deluxe treatment with several of the last albums getting a type of hard cover, ear-book packaging. In this case I came across a copy for only $8.00 so I grabbed it even though I had already bought the album when it came out. The deluxe version has a bonus DVD called ‘Official Festival Bootleg’.
The main portion of the DVD is a live concert from Wacken in 2009. It is the standard huge Wacken show. The trio rages though eleven songs and, like all Rage shows in my opinion, it is awesome. As bonus features there are two lower quality, live videos from Masters Of Rock in the Czech Republic in 2009 and a final live video from Sofia also from 2009.
Last of all but not least is a four-minute segment called ‘Rage Race–Never Give Up.’ Apparently Smolski and Peavy are auto enthusiasts and have sponsored a German race car. This segment is just clips of the race and no context or additional is provided on the DVD or in the liner notes. It is just clips from the race pit. It is interesting, sort of, I’m not a car guy but it is cool to see the band outside the musical world.
This bonus DVD is nice treat to have for the Rage fan like me but overall it is nothing special.