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Review: Antithesis - Journey Through The Netherworld
Journey Through The Netherworld

Label: Independent
Year released: 2001
Duration: 115 min.

Rating: 2.75/5

Review online: June 4, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Journey Through The Netherworld

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The term "Home Video" definitely applies in this first video offering from Cleveland's Antithesis. Right from the beginning, it is obvious that this is a low-budget project filmed using a personal camcorder. The video opens up with bassist James Lewis talking about the band and what you're about to see (and the sound is pretty bad there, with echo and all.) This lengthy video is a mix of live shows - mostly one song at a time filmed at a few different venues. The sound and image quality are pretty much that of a good booklet and the camera angle rarely even changes, so this really doesn't capture the Antithesis live experience to its fullest (I saw them live three years ago and they're a very good live band, something that is not always evident on this video.) Other than that, there is some studio footage where they bug the hell out of the sound engineer - funny for a while but they should have cut some of that as most of it is pretty uneventful. Other than that, it's essentially the band fooling around, stopping people on the street and at an outdoor festival where they played. Again, some funny parts, but nothing much happening.

I have to admit that this video is overall a bit of a deception and not really due to the low quality. This could have been cut of "dead times" quite a bit as it quickly becomes annoying. Better live footage would have been interesting as well. Well, the price isn't bad so the curious may want to check it out anyway. This is something I can only recommend to die-hard fans (who most likely already have it anyway) or to those who may never get the chance to see the band live. To others, I'd recommend seeing them in person if you have the chance, and also grab their very good albums.

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