Reviewed: June, 2020
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!
Reckless Tide were a short-lived band from the second wave of Gothenberg-inspired melodic Death Metal, or melo-death. Lots of descriptors there, death, thrash…it’s all heavy. They had a bit of buzz but after a couple of albums they broke up.
They were signed to Armageddon Music, the small label that was run by Thomas Jenson, the guy who invented Wacken Open Air Metal fest. I only mention this is because through his endeavours he had some money to work with and the stuff on Armageddon (later renamed Wacken Records) was always pretty high quality.
This nice digipak came with an hour-long bonus DVD for their first album. A disadvantage for me that everything is in German, it is the wrong region code for my area and my computer constantly had trouble viewing it. Aside from that, it is well-done, good menus and instead of having simple titles like ‘Photo Gallery’ they did the extra touch and gave each bonus feature an actual name. In this case the photo gallery/slide show has the very clever title of ‘A Reckless Slide’.
The band played Wacken in 2004 on one of the smaller tent stages for up and coming bands and this is the subject on one of the main segments of the DVD. The short gig is captured as the band, (with two lead signers!) rips it up before a small but appreciative daytime audience. The band was participating in the Wacken Metal Battle. Then we get a ‘making of’ the album. It contains the standard footage of tracking drums, trying out gear, having drinks, and other such nonsense.
What follows next is a 15-minute tour diary, called ‘Roads Of Insanity’ documenting a small tour of Holland. It is the usual handheld camera tomfoolery, people making faces for the camera, fast-motion shots of the road, backstage, a few live shots and it all blurs by. Looks like it was fun!
One of the more interesting segments is called ‘Drunken Wisdom’. I incorrectly assumed that, like so many before, this would be just be footage of the band getting drunk, drinking, falling down, etc. Actually, it was a live trivia game (called Metal Quiz) conducted by Sabina Classen (Holy Moses) and Gotz, former Editor of Rock Hard and Olli of Reckless Tide. Olli from Reckless Tide won!
Despite the high quality of the band and production the band never really captured the imagination of the buying public and this was the only DVD they did. It’s a nice little look at a decent band that almost made it.