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Review: Various Artists - Nuclear Blast Festivals 2000
Various Artists
Nuclear Blast Festivals 2000

Label: Nuclear Blast
Year released: 2001
Duration: 90 min.

Rating: 4/5

Review online: September 23, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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This DVD presents live footage of 5 Nuclear Blast bands filmed in Stuttgart, Germany on September 25, 2000. This is filmed professionally so the stage shots are generally pretty well done, and audience shots are minimal (enough to know there's one, but the focus is on the stage show - good thing.) The bands presented on the DVD are: Raise Hell (3 songs), Kataklysm (3 songs), Hypocrisy (4 songs), Destruction (4 songs) and Crematory (4 songs). There's an extra bonus "clip" of all the band members singing some happy birthday song. I guess that one must have been cool if you were there but it feels a bit goofy on TV. I had never heard of the band Raise Hell before, but after seeing them on this DVD, I'll have to check out some of their albums. Kataklysm... not bad but that band leaves me pretty much indifferent for some reason. The Hypocrisy performance is very good, and the same goes for Destruction, seeing them here reminded me of their awesome show in Montreal last year. The last band on the DVD, Crematory, felt a little bit out of place here, they use keyboards quite a bit, something the other four bands do not. Well, that makes for some variety. Not bad but not a band I'll bother looking into.

There's no extra on the DVD, which is too bad. Maybe the bands' biographies and discographies could have been added, or some backstage footage. Anyway, I recommend this to those who want to check out those bands. The video and sound quality are very good and it's a good way to check those guys out live.


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