SPIDERS AND SNAKES-Melodrama-The Covideo Chronicles-Day 32 (May 2nd, 2020) 

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Reviewed: June, 2020
Released: 2008, Sansei
Rating: 2.5/5 (Just the DVD)
Reviewer:  JP

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!

Lizzie Grey is one of those veteran Sunset Strip rock dogs that never quite made it but should have.  From the early days of his time hanging with Ratt, Crue and W.A.S.P. he was always a survivor.  Over time Spiders & Snakes carved out a good little niche for themselves and were staples until Grey’s death, not even a year ago. (Aug 2019)

Their sixth album, MELODRAMA came with a bonus DVD.  It opens with a hilarious commercial that the band was a part of for some bottle recycling program. Then there is a short concert of the band at the Key Club in Hollywood.  Admittedly it is pretty low budget. The sound isn’t great. The place looks pretty empty and it is a two camera still shot, one from the sound-board and one from the balcony it looks like.  It cool but again not a lot of frills.  The band pound out  few tunes, a few cover tunes, and it looks like a great bar gig to me. It would have been nice to see them live just once.

There is a bit of bonus stuff, interviews, video clips that last about 5 minutes, not nearly enough.  I’d love to have seen more.

It is good to own this because, of course we will never get to see Grey perform again but the band was not really known for extensive touring outside of California, so not many people did see them live over the years.   The content of the DVD was great but it was too short and the production quality was low so it balances out to a pretty average DVD.