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This review is from: Black Metal (Bonus DVD) (Audio CD)
Well; I own every edition of this cd and have reviewed them all, from the original lp issued on cd to the remastered one to this one with a DVD. So what's new on this one apart from two not too relevant extra tracks ? The DVD !! It had been planned to be a release on itself; I remember Cronos talking endlessly about it on interviews, but it ended up as a bonus DVD for the ¨ultimate¨ remastered release of this seminal metal album. Why ?! I would have payed top dollar for a lavishly laid-out DVD-only of this long-awaited piece of history !!!
But....I'm glad to have gotten it anyway because it replaces my awful second gen VHS-to-dvd copy of this.
Pic and sound are FANTASTIC, as oppossed to the 1985 K-Tel release of Live In London, which was filmed in '85 in the same venue, the Hammy Odeon. Mantas' guitar SHREDS from beginning to end and Abbadon's drums made my windows rattle and the cymbals had perfect presence this time around. Cronos bass is purposely trebley and the vocals are OTT (too loudly mixed-in). The performance is merciless and the chemistry between the musicians is perfect as oppossed to that on the '85 gig, where they barely looked one another in the eye. The crowd are quieter and younger compared to the rabid all-ages of one year later. The pyro is insane, as is the lighting and smoke effects.
The only quirk I detected is that the guitar comes mainly from the left speaker instead of being evenly panned across the stereo soudscape as it should. BTW Mantas stands to the right of the screen for almost the whole gig, so double weird. I just switched the receiver to mono.
The menu is very nice and the bonus features are 3 fantastic videoclips. It would have been nice if they had included the other 3 that are missing,thus rounding up an already nice package.
A must for any venom fan.