|Review: Fates Warning - Live At The Dynamo|
|Live At The Dynamo|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2000
Duration: 48 min.
Review online: January 31, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Live At The Dynamo
Rated 2/5 (40%) (2 Votes)
I bought this DVD some 4 years ago when it came out, and never could watch it to the end. I've finally gathered the courage to watch it in full (not in one sitting, mind you - I'm not that suicidal.) Considering how much these guys kicked ass in their beginnings, it's quite disheartening to see this. This... "show" was recorded at the Dynamo Open Air in 1998. I don't know about you, but I find some stuff should just remain a recording and not be presented in a live setting. The songs on this DVD should have remained a studio thing, for they're a fucking bore live. At least the singer moves a bit. One of the guitarists totally freaked me out when he moved a few inches during the 7th song. I thought he was a statue. I won't get into the quality of the music and the musicianship, that's for an album review. Obviously the guys can play, but shit they should stay away from the stage if all their shows are like this. I'm surprised the audience stayed there... Most didn't move at all, and I suspect those who moved had a discman and were listening to something else. Either that or they were fanboys high on PCP. The sound is so-so at best, but I've seen worst. The image is OK even though a lot of the takes are pretty "robotic" and makes you wonder what the hell they were thinking about when they put this together. Before a couple of songs, the singer tells the crowd that they'll have the occasion to sing along, but either the microphones didn't catch that, or they just remained silent (Do I care really? Naaah.) To top it off, the singer even praises Stuck Mojo's previous performance (I guess he really had nothing to say...) Stuck Mojo... Bleh. Yeah, I know, that was a gratuitous comment but it feels good to bitch about it.
This thing has no redeeming value whatsoever. A major waste of money. I can't find anything positive to say about this thing. Suddenly I find Opeth an extremely entertaining live band. This is for die hard fans ONLY (and I do mean die hard in the most extreme sense of the term.) Others should run for their life and save their wallet. Hell, if the camera had at least caught a hot chick then I could have given a higher rating but... Nope.
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