Posts Tagged ‘DVD’

As 2017 marks the year of the great return of Norwegian symphonic black metal giants, Dimmu Borgir, they will release their highly-anticipated double-DVD Forces Of The Northern Night on April 28th. Available in different formats, the release will contain two live rituals:

Their legendary concert in Oslo, showing Dimmu Borgir on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir as well as the entire performance at Wacken Open Air with almost 100 musicians in action.

Today, the Norwegians unveil their first video from the Wacken show – see the raging black metal hymn “Mourning Palace” live with the Czech National Symphonic Orchestra inside!  (more…)

Arch Enemy

The new video was filmed at Wacken 2016 and is featured on the Arch Enemy’s upcoming live DVD/Blu-ray As The Stages Burn!, which comes out March 31st. As The Stages Burn! will be available as a Ltd. Deluxe CD+DVD+Blu-ray Box Set (EU), Ltd Edition CD+DVD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP+DVD, and as digital album. Watch it inside and pre-order now! (more…)

Extreme metal giants Arch Enemy have now launched the first trailer for their upcoming live DVD/Bluray “As The Stages Burn!” which will be released on March 31st, 2017.

Featuring footage of their headline performance at WACKEN OPEN AIR 2016, marking the pinnacle of a highly successful album campaign in support of War Eternal, “As The Stages Burn!” highlights an impressive live production fans have never seen before! (more…)

Killswitch Engage

Grammy-nominated, Massachusetts-based hard rock band Killswitch Engage released the two-disc, Blu-ray and CD package Beyond the Flames: Home Video Vol. II in November 2016. Beyond the Flames is now available digitally and can be purchased here.

Beyond The Flames: Home Video Vol. II is a treasure trove of content, featuring more than 3.5 hours of footage. At the heart of this release is the 75-minute documentary that chronicles the return of original vocalist Jesse Leach, after nearly a decade away, to the band he helped form back in 1999. (more…)

soaked-in-bleachSoaked In Bleach, a docudrama by Benjamin Statler, reveals the events behind Kurt Cobain’s death as seen through the eyes of Tom Grant, the private investigator that was hired by Courtney Love in 1994 to track down her missing husband (Kurt Cobain) only days before his deceased body was found at their Seattle home. Cobain’s death was ruled a suicide by the police (a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound), but doubts have circulated for twenty years as to the legitimacy of this ruling, especially due to the work of Mr. Grant, a former L.A. County Sheriff’s detective, who did his own investigation and determined there was significant empirical and circumstantial evidence to conclude that foul play could very well have occurred. The film develops as a narrative mystery with cinematic re-creations, interviews with key experts and witnesses and the examination of official artifacts from the 1994 case.Statler says, “Half of the film is cinematic recreations of Tom Grant’s investigation in 94′ incorporating actual audio recordings, while the other half of the film is interviews with Tom Grant and some of the world’s top experts in the respective areas of the case. The recreations served the purpose of helping people to see how the investigation actually unfolded and to better appreciate the context of certain situations.  The interviews provide the objective scientific facts involved in the case of Kurt Cobain’s death and back up what Tom Grant has been saying for 20 plus years.”


Avenged Sevenfold, 2003

Avenged Sevenfold have debuted its new video for “Chapter Four” from the re-release of Waking The Fallen, titled Waking The Fallen: Resurrected (currently positioned at No.38 on the Billboard Top 200). The video features archived live footage of the band and can be viewed inside. This was the song that originally made me an A7X fan, even after I heard it a thousand times while playing NHL 2004 on Playstation. (more…)

Edguy: "Holy Ear Damage"

Edguy: “Holy Ear Damage”

You would be hard pressed to find a more entertaining rock band than Germany’s Edguy. Known mainly as a power metal band in the early part of their career, starting with 2004’s Hellfire Club and on through their last album, 2006’s Rocket Ride (review), Edguy showed a knack for comedy and ’80s glam rock flair. The style received mixed reactions from fans and peers, but Edguy remained successful nonetheless. It had reached the point where people were starting to wonder if Edguy was serious about anything anymore, or were they merely a parody of heavy metal?

With their new album Tinnitus Sanctus (review), Edguy has surprised everyone. Not only does the music take on a more serious nature, but they have virtually abandoned the over-the-top power metal in favor of a more straightforward hard-rocking, heavy metal album. Not long after its release, Edguy guitarist Jens Ludwig phoned in to’s Jeff Maki to talk about the album and Edguy’s musical direction. Despite Jeff’s somewhat negative review of Tinnitus Sanctus (much to the chagrin of Ludwig), Jens put his feelings aside and was still able to do the interview as scheduled. (more…)

"Sweet Emotion" with Sharon den Adel

“Sweet Emotion” with Sharon den Adel

It’s not every day that you get to interview one of metal’s leading frontwomen. And to think that has now had the chance to interview Within Temptation’s Sharon den Adel twice is simply amazing. Her beauty is unmatched and her voice is one of the most powerful and emotional in the music world. The band has had great success overseas, and now they have set their sites on America. The fans are making a strong statement, as the release of their latest album, The Heart of Everything, saw a No. 1 debut on the Billboard Heatseekers.

In May 2007, conducted its first interview with Sharon. At that time, Within Temptation was opening for Lacuna Coil on the Hottest Chicks in Metal tour and giving the headliners a run for their money every night. Now, in September  2007, Within Temptation has returned to the United States for their first headlining tour here. During the tour’s stop at the Recher Theatre in Towson Md, Jeff Maki and Jason Price sat down with the “ice queen” of Within Temptation before the show for a lengthy and insightful interview. Sharon discussed the headlining tour, the widespread appeal of Within Temptation’s music, the range of emotions she goes through onstage and gave us some early information on future releases. Read on. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
While many of their peers have faded into obscurity, Nonpoint will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2007. To mark the occasion, we have a CD and DVD capturing the band at what it does best: performing live. Recorded last April at Revolution on the band’s home turf of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the set includes most of Nonpoint’s strongest material. More importantly, it catches the passion and energy the band pours into each and every live performance. They may not perfectly recreate the studio version of each song, but that is not what Nonpoint is about. When charismatic frontman Elias Soriano, introducing “Alive and Kicking,” says, “It is fucking amazing right now to be alive,” you believe him. Throughout the performance, the band members show themselves to be as appreciative of the crowd as the fans are of them.

As the show comes from the tour supporting what may be Nonpoint’s heaviest album to date, 2005’s To the Pain, the set list focuses on the band’s heavier material. The cover of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” a surprise hit over the summer due to its inclusion on the Miami Vice soundtrack, is conspicuously absent, a decision I’m happy with. It’s a fine cover but hardly representative of the band’s sound. A more curious move is the complete omission of the band’s second album, Development. Though it is arguably their weakest effort, I would have liked to see one or two tracks included just to make Live and Kicking a true career retrospective. Of those that are here, the songs from To the Pain come off particularly well and the band ups the intensity even more on “Spanish 101,” a medley of two of its Spanish-language songs, “Rabia” and “Orgullo.”

The DVD provides the full Nonpoint live experience. Largely shot with handheld cameras, it places the viewer right in the middle of the action. You can practically feel the sweat pouring off the band members. Documentary footage cut in between songs introduces the band on a more personal level. We also get an acoustic performance of “Bullet with a Name,” as well as promotional videos for “Bullet” and “Alive and Kicking.”

A decade in today’s music climate is an eternity, so a well-earned congratulations goes out to Nonpoint. They have done more than survive. As long as they continue to give performances like the one presented on Live and Kicking, their future is bright.

(Bieler Bros., 2006)

Rating: 8/10

Review by Greg Maki

Children of Bodom’s first official live DVD showcases one of the world’s most technically proficient metal bands in its natural environment: on stage in front of legions of hungry fans in the heavy metal hotbed of Stockholm, Sweden.

The 97-minute concert filmed earlier this year is the centerpiece of this two-disc set. The set list features songs from all five of the Finnish band’s full-length studio releases: “Lake Bodom” from its 1998 debut Something Wild; “Silent Night, Bodom Night,” “Hate Me!” and “Downfall” from 1999’s Hatebreeder; “Bodom After Midnight,” “Everytime I Die” and the title track from 2001’s Follow the Reaper; “Sixpounder,” “Angels Don’t Kill,” “Bodom Beach Terror,” “Needled 24/7” and the title track from 2003’s Hate Crew Deathroll; and “Living Dead Beat,” “We’re Not Gonna Fall,” “In Your Face” and the title track from the most recent release, 2005’s Are You Dead Yet? (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
Not every band can pull off an acoustic set. For some, their music simply doesn’t translate to a stripped-down presentation. Others wimp out, losing the qualities that put them on the map in the first place. On One Cold Night, Seether’s material holds up just fine. The decibel level may be lower, but Shaun Morgan and company bring the same intensity you find in their electric sets. (more…)

SA-revengeI try my best to ignore current trends and just take music for what it is, nothing more, nothing less. Living in the United States I’m not subjected to power metal. Metal is deemed “uncool” by most people in the States. In a place where Korn and Godsmack are the leaders of the metal scene, apparently there’s no room on standard FM stations for classic, traditional or power metal. The cliches and style are a bit too over the top for most people and these bands are not taken seriously. But if people would just take a few moments and actually listen, they would discover many great bands. (more…)