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Review: Various Artists - Keep It True IV
Various Artists
Keep It True IV

Label: Steel Pride Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 210 min.

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: July 25, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Keep It True IV

Rated 5/5 (100%) (1 Vote)

Keep It True, for those not in the know, is one of those festivals that make Germany the envy of the metal world. For those who can't attend, the festival have been releasing DVDs for a couple of years now. This one covers the 2005 edition. I was worried this would be "good bootleg" quality, but it turns out it is rather professional - not as good as big budget ones (think Maiden or Priest), but still you get a very good image quality with multiple cameras and good overall sound, although I noticed some hiccups here and there, but those were most likely problems on the site and not with the recording per se. Only the warm up show in the Bonus section is of lower quality - kind of what I thought the whole DVD would look like. Obviously they didn't put much effort in recording that part of the show, but it still give you a taste of the bands that warmed up the audience (Lanfear, Martyr, Adramelch and Shadow Keep.) The bonus section also includes a photo gallery

The bands featured here are (in order of appearance:) Insane, Paragon, Thunder Rider, Torch, Overlorde (the only one of all the bands here I have seen live myself, at Classic Metal Fest back in 2002), Majesty, Deadly Blessing, Count Raven, Agent Steel and Vortex. The number of songs vary quite a bit from two to eight - Agent Steel playing the "Skeptic Apocalypse" album in its entirety, a nice little surprise there. I was surprised and disappointed to see Majesty and Vortex with only two songs each. One thing I found annoying is that, even though the show is indoors, shows played during the day are in daylight - it almost feels like they're outside. Some shades in the windows would have helped give some atmosphere. Somehow a metal show doesn't feel the same when it's in daylight. Things start getting darker toward the end of Majesty's set, and with Deadly Blessing up to the end it's all dark and feels more appropriate to my eyes. :) I found there was a lack of crowd noise between bands or when the bands asked for some participation, but it's difficult to say whether people were not into it (doubtful) or just that the microphones were geared to block the crowd noises.

Overall this is a fun DVD to watch, and at about 210 minutes, you get your money's worth. It sure is less expensive than a trip to Germany for most of us, but then again you don't get to live the full experience, so put a visit to KIT on your todo list. Note that this is a region-free (region 0) DVD, but it is PAL-encoded, so, especially in North America, make sure your DVD player doesn't play just NTSC.

Additional Information

PAL DVD - Make sure your DVD player can play PAL.

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