I assume that the old female fronted gothic metal tag was a bit too unwieldy for further use, as we now seem to be living in a world where it's tagged opera metal. Which is fine by me, but may confuse a few folk in the classical world.
Not that this compilation DVD is all opera metal. How can it be when there are videos by Avantasia, Battlelore and Cradle Of Filth tucked away in it's grooves. But I suppose Power Symphonic Black Opera Pirate Metal would be even more unwieldy. And yes, Orden Ogan do turn up with a video to 'We Are Pirates'!
Not that I'm complaining, because I live in the backwater known as Great Britain, where these bands are not only never seen in person, but there isn't a snowballs chance in hell of any of these videos appearing on the telly. And as I don't like to spend my life stuck in front of a computer watching the loading button on YouTube, this is the only way to see some of these acts.
If you like your modern, more mainstream, Euro metal, then this is a definite keeper. With the exception of the old Cradle Of Filth video for 'Nymphetamine Fix', there's nothing with even a hint of black or death. And I assume that's only on here because of Liv Kristine duetting with Dani Filth. She also appears with her own band, Leaves' Eyes on 'New Found Land', and there are other top notch outings for Indica, Delain and Epica. The latters 'Unleashed' is probably my favourite video here, although I did have to stifle a sob when Tarja turned up on the old Nightwish video for 'Sleeping Sun'. And, of course, there is Klause Meine from the Scorpions duetting on the Avantasia tune, 'Dying For An Angel'
This is the one of the few DVDs to be on release in the UK at a decent price, so go get one now.