Reviewed: June, 2020
Released: 2008, Century Media
Rating: 3.5/5 (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!
It is funny how the mind can play tricks on you. To me, SYL is always a ‘new’ band even though they broke up back in 2007 or so. I really enjoy rhe band but I think they went out on a good high note. They said what they wanted to say and got out. CHAOS YEARS is a career little, 17-song, career-spanning retrospective that comes with a bonus DVD.
The DVD open without any frills, it just dives headlong into the pit of the bands performance at Download Festival in England on Friday, June 9th. Devin’s patented irreverent sense of humour is on full display as his banter between songs is amusing when he takes on metal stereotypes and insults the crowd. It is a pro-show, shot on a hot sunny afternoon and the place is packed and jumbo jets fly around head. The band rip through nine songs and that is about it, short and sweet. Devin says some swear words. Classic.
In the section called ‘More Live Stuff’ are bits and pieces, six songs to be exact from various shows in America, Canada, Germany, and Italy. There is not too much song crossover with the download show so it is pretty cool with footage from theater gigs to festival gigs. Devin says more swear words and plays with a hand puppet named Snorkel the shark.
One of the more valuable components are the videos. All (I believe) of the SYL promo videos are included, all seven of them. You could tell SYL was a hot property and the label was putting some money into them because some of the videos are pretty well done, big budget productions.
This bonus DVD is pretty solid but it would have been nice to have some sort of interview, or message to the fans or mini-documentary but regardless it nicely encapsulates the bands career.