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Music DVD Review: Decapitated, Nashville Pussy, Society1, Vision of Disorder, and Onslaught

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I have watched the pile of DVDs rise to a point where I had to weigh in and reduce it a bit. DVDs are something that people seem to think about as it nears Christmas. One of those things that is something more than “just” a CD. For the most part, this lot gives good value for money with lots of extras and goodies.

Decapitated: Human Dust

This is “the other” Polish death metal band alongside the all conquering and much adored Vader. This DVD could be seen rather as tribute to their touring guitarist Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka who died after a massive crash a year ago. The crash seriously injured two other members of the band and put the music on hold until they all recovered.

This DVD is not merely a cheap stop-gap, but a rather complete summation of where the band are at this point. There are several lives gigs including the centre-piece recorded in Krakow in 2002. There is their video clip for the “Winds of Creation” track. There are interviews with band members recorded on their Ozzfest appearance as well as two other sets.

If you like the band then this is probably an essential purchase for you. You cannot fault the mass of material on this release. If you are a fan of the Central European brand of death metal this is quite a good example of what they do and how they do it live. Let’s hope time will heal the band members injured in the horrific crash. If this is it for the band this DVD is a fitting wrap up for one of the greats of the Polish scene.

Nashville Pussy: Live in Hollywood

Nashville Pussy is not for the fans of subtle rock. It’s a live testament to their gig in Hollywood. It features a decent length show that covers their entire amusing career. This is AC/DC –esque, Southern tinged, in your face rock and roll. What lets the DVD down is the lackluster sound which does grate a bit. 18 Tracks of NP doing what they do best with all they can muster. You gotta love a band with a song title that reads “I am gonna hitchhike down to Cincinnati and kick the shit outta your drunk daddy.” Subtle it isn’t?

As with all of this sort of release there is plenty of extras. This time entitled “Pussy Home Movies” with an interview by Lemmy of the band. An alternate intro to “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” which is far better than the one used. TV stuff from France, Australia, and even stuff from Canada.

The band are off on a huge tour at the moment so there is no excuse not to catch them properly live. A must for their rabid fans, but the quality of the sound might make it easier to like for the rest of us.

Earache: Immortilised the DVD & I-crusher Complete

To celebrate 24 years of Earache up until 2000 from 1986, this is a collection of some of their most extreme videos. Featuring all their major acts, this is a grab bag compilation of material from everyone from Gandalf to the classic “Heartwork” from the might Carcass. There are all kinds of live clips and extras as well.

With name like Earache those of you who don’t know the label will probably guess that they specialize in the heaviest and some of the most extreme stuff going. If you want to know where some of the really out there stuff came from then this would be a great intro into the dark world of the darkest of metal. Just check out Entombed’s “Wolverine Blues” or Morbid Angel’s “God of Emptiness.”

The iCrusher “complete” collection is what it says on the tin. A double DVD of the iCrusher 1 & 2. This collection is a lot longer and has a running time of a full 200 minutes. You even get 11 bonus audio tracks for Earaches catalogue. From the uber-heavy to the more melodic, it's all on here. The collection truly reflects the diversity that is metal in this new century. Among the clips are live videos from bands like Carcass, The Haunted, and Napalm Death.

Starting off with goth troll Mortiis with his great track “Parasite God” heading all the way to oddness of the awesome Ephel Duath with “The Embossed”, you know it will be a varied ride. Bonuses include a couple of videos with Matt Zane of Society1 and an in the studio with December.

This might be just the thing for the yer favourite metal-head come this Christmas season. There is something on here for every metal-head you can possibly think of. Great stuff with lots of goodies to keep you interested all through the winter.

Society1: Fearing the Exit

Those of you who have never heard of this lot are in for a treat or something that might scare the bejezus out of you. Matt Zane and company are a bunch of nutters that make Marlyn Manson look like the Alice Cooper wanna-be; he truly is. Instead of just pretending to do extreme things they actually do them. One of the videos on here depicts Matt being attached to four meat-hooks, through his back skin, and then hung up.

This is 180 minutes of pleasure and pain for all those who like the band. There is a varied mix of material here on the two-sided DVD including there three videos “Nothing”, “All You Want”, and “Hate” as well as a behind the scenes on a photo shoot and the video for “Nothing”. There is a documentary called “One Way to Hell” ad a live set filmed during their tour stop in Tampa. Of course, there is a recording of their gig at The Key Club in LA from 2004.

On the flip side there is something called “Creation of Sound” with interviews with the entire band. This is addition to performance footage, backstage malarkey, a slide show, and lyrics to their tunes.

This is very much the comprehensive Society1 DVD. Love em’ or hate em’ you certainly can’t fault their efforts to give their fans value for money.

Vision of Disorder: Dead in New York

With all the bands combining hardcore and thrash you might wonder whence the movement came. Well this live testament to VoD is probably a good straight no-nonsense way to find out. Formed in 1992 and sporadically together and not together ever since. They are in a back together form now and plan to release a new album soon. This video of a live gig will no doubt whet the appetites of their fans in anticipation of new output. It's scheduled for summer or autumn of next year.

Unlike the rest of the DVDs mentioned here, this is not the fanciest or the most complete of releases. It's over an hour of music but that is really all you get. Their full gig of their most famous tracks playing to an adoring crowd in the heart of New York city. It’s the punk mentality captured on DVD.

To be honest this DIY punk thrashness is not really my scene but their hordes of devoted fans display the fact there are lots out there who love this stuff. I think for the price of a DVD you should probably get more than an hour worth of material, but what do I know.

Then again if you want to know where the oiks flogging metalcore got their inspiration you could far worse than take a gander at this lot. It's genuine, down and dirty with not an ounce of hype.

Onslaught: Live Polish Assault 2007

Speaking of hardcore, this lot started out as a hardcore band but quickly evolved into a “proper” thrash band. They hail from the UK, Bristol to be exact, and are back, no doubt inspired by the new wave of British thrash, doing what they do best. In anticipation of their return, they have released this comprehensive DVD that tells their story and shows how good they really are. Onslaught, many argue, deserve to be mentioned with the some of the best known of the genre and on the basis of this release it's hard to argue.

With three hours of live gigs, including one in Bristol back in the late 80s, and interviews, no fan of the band can feel short-changed by this release. It’s a DVD/CD combo package that of their gig in Poland. Both the CD and the DVD have the same track listing which means that you don’t miss out if you miss either. Its good see a band not trying the “milking it” route and release them separately.

Some people might complain that several tracks, including the awesome “Demoniac,” feature in all the live recordings on here. However, as they are recorded at different times it does give you a clear indication of the evolution of the band as a playing unit.

Naturally, if you are a thrash fan then this should be on your wish-list. If you are a fan of the band you probably pre-ordered it. Metal fans wishing to see the best of the British variant of thrash metal might want to pick this up.

Well that is your DVD round-up for this time. In the next few days I will post some more CD reviews, but this should tide you over for a bit. As always rock hard, heavy and stay safe.

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