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...DVD from this fantastic sweedish Black Metal combo. Watain are not the average Brutal Black combo playing 1000 mph guitar riffs, shrieky vocals, and reach-for-every-can drum rolls; although you wouldn't tell that from their look, which is typical corpsepaint, long spikes and assorted paraphernalia. On the contrary, the songs are super-heavy,but on a mid-paced, doomier fashion. Of course there's a lot of tasteful tremolo picking that will keep lovers of the stlyle on the edge of their seats.

The dvd is part documentary part concert,with the documentary part interspersed in circa 4' segments in between the songs, making the whole thing clock at 83'. I'd really rather have had it as a separate feature, since it detracts from the flow of the show, and although the segments are at the end of every song, allowing to skip them,I found myself watching it as it was intended to. The volume of the docum is lower than that of the gig, so no need to adjust between the sound gig (at a realistic volume level, that is to say LOUD !) and that of the dialogues in the docum feature.

The documentary is really good and interesting, portraiting the band and their approach to satanism and nature in a unique way, with photography not unlike that of a high-end movie.

The gig is filmed with 7 cameras; nothing too fancy but BM bands are not exactly monied. The lighting is fantastic, lots of flames on stage and the musicians are firmly in place for the whole of the show. Nothing is OTT but everything's good, with the possible exception of the strobe lights partially blinding the camera from time to time (effect or defect ? )

The audio mix, in both 2.0 and 5.1 Dolby Ac-3 is dynamic and tonally excellent, neither raw nor sterile, but just in between, purposely lacking the skull-splitting extremes (mega bottom end and super-trebley guitarwork) of most of their colleagues. I liked it bigtime and thought it fitted the band's style just nicely.

The picture exhibits a 7.9 Mbps fixed ratio,which is good for standard def but it only takes 5.2 Gb of the double-layer disc, wasting precious space on which a higher-ratio could have been fitted. There are no extras whatsoever which is rare this days and the menu is very simple.

But....I'm not complaining, just reviewing and cannot recommend this product highly enough. Lovers of the genre like me will drool all over this.
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on 1 May 2016
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