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Review: Emperor - Emperial Live Ceremony
Emperial Live Ceremony

Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 1999
Duration: ?

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: October 5, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Emperial Live Ceremony

Rated 3/5 (60%) (19 Votes)

When I buy a live video from a band, I expect them to have something to show.  Why else would they release a video, rather than just stick to a live album?  I'll get back to this.  On a positive note, the sound is pretty good, and the last song The Loss And Curse Of Reverence is an actual videoclip, not a live recording.  A nice touch considering that the chances of seeing that video on TV are pretty slim!

Back to the visual... Well, Emperor might kick ass when you are physically present at one of their shows, but they don't do much that warrants recording on video.  The interaction with the crowd is minimal, the singer merely presenting each song - by growling, not speaking it out.  Then again, this wouldn't be so bad if they hadn't tried to be a little to creative when they put this thing together.  Overlapping images, split-second views, slow-motion crowd views... I don't know if that was supposed to be impressive or what, but I just found it downright annoying.  Too bad, because if they had chosen some good camera angles of the band members playing, without trying to add too much fuss, I think I would have given this a higher rating.  The music still kicks ass though, I suggest you stick to the live album.

For Emperor fans only.

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