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Review: Various Artists - Hard 'N' Heavy Volume 1
Various Artists
Hard 'N' Heavy Volume 1

Label: Deckdale Ltd.
Year released: 2001
Duration: ?

Rating: 1.5/5

Review online: July 7, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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I picked up this DVD at a used record store and I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it. While the content seemed about 90% interesting on the back cover, this DVD pretty much leaves you on your appetite. Bands covered include Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Thin Lizzy, Queensrÿche, Scorpions, White Lion, Deep Purple, L.A. Guns, Kingdom Come, Vixen, Exodus, Gwar, David Bowie (!!), and Nirvana (which, loosely translated means "We can't play and we fucking suck, but look what great label marketing can do for you"). The DVD includes a number of interviews with each band (and some others not listed), most of the time the interviews are just excerpts from longer interviews and therefore lack coherence (OK, sometimes it's the interviewees themselves who lack coherence - not unusual.) There are videos for almost every band, but they are always interrupted by the interviews so don't get too much into the song, it'll be cut short at a strategic moment. They also included three complete videos, unfortunately not the best ones, as well as a biography of each artist. But frankly, reading a cramped biography on a TV screen sucks. They could have made a booklet for that, but there's none (unless, of course, whoever sold this copy to the used record store kept it.) Unless you can find this for VERY cheap, don't bother. Chances are that if you're into those bands, you've already seen what's on here anyway. This looks more like an item released to make a quick buck.


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