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Review: Hammerfall - The Templar Renegade Crusades
The Templar Renegade Crusades

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 140 min.

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: August 30, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Templar Renegade Crusades

Rated 2.6/5 (52%) (10 Votes)

Second DVD from my favourite cheesy metal band. I have a divided opinion on this one. It is pretty much along the same lines as their first DVD, but with a bit more content and some more professional footage. However, if you expect to see a full Hammerfall live show, this will be a deception. I would have expected that by now Nuclear Blast would have financed the professional filming of one of the band's performance, but most of the live stuff here is more of the "high-quality bootleg" variety, the better shots coming from Wacken Open Air 2001 where a good number of cameras were filming - as far as live stuff goes, this is the best part of the DVD.

Other than the live stuff, there are a couple of videoclips ("Renegade" and "Always Will Be". We can see them recording "I Want Out" at Hansen Studios, with Kai Hansen himself - very cool part. Also some footage taken during the recording of "Renegade" in Nashville. There's quite a bit of backstage footage, and I must say some moments are just downright hilarious - these guys sure are having a hell of a lot of fun on the road. But... This may be fun once or twice, but after that this DVD risks gathering dust on the shelves. I assume that they will most likely release another DVD in the year following the fourth album, and unless they plan on it being an instructional video titled "How to Make Money Grow on Trees", they better come up with at least a full live show, and for penance put all their videoclips on it as well. It's cool to see them having fun, but I'd rather spend my money on a full live show with a little less backstage stuff. While I had fun watching parts of this DVD, some stuff got lengthy after a while. I can only recommend this for die-hard fans only, others may want to wait for the next one and cross their fingers.

As a final note, I guess what can be called a lame cash-grab attempt by the label is that this was released both as a single DVD and also as a double DVD. I'm not stupid enough to go get the 2 DVD edition, and I sure won't encourage them to continue doing this. This is just as bad as re-releasing an album with bonus tracks a few months after the initial release. Unfortunately many people get fooled into buying the same thing twice just for a few extras. This is a new trend in the recording industry that seems to be getting worse.

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