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Review: Candlemass - Documents of Doom
Documents of Doom

Label: Escapi
Year released: 2003
Duration: 155 min.

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: July 3, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Documents of Doom

Rated 4.67/5 (93.33%) (6 Votes)

I've had this DVD since December 2003 and only recently popped it into my DVD player. Don't ask. What we have here is a double DVD release. The first DVD contains a show filmed at Fryshuset in 1990. This is the same show as on the "Candlemass Live" album, but of course here you get the visuals. In the first few seconds I thought this was a cheap recording, but that quickly cleared up and it turns out this is a very professional recording with good image and sound, and with multiple camera angles. Watching this you pretty much forget about the depressive nature of doom - just like the crowd, you'll find yourself headbanging and air guitaring madly to some of the best of Candlemass' early material. Add a little doom dance by Messiah himself for seasoning. :) These guys rock just as hard live as any heavy metal band and there's not one boring moment here. The frequent crowd shots also help get into the atmosphere of the show better.

The second DVD is quite fun to watch. It contains various tour footage (backstage as well as some live cuts) from various years (1987 (Firt gig), 1988, 1989, 1991 and 2002.) Some of the backstage footage is downright hilarious - the guys sure know how to unwind. As customary with DVD releases, this includes a short biography, discography as well as a band commentary. I'd have preferred a reasonably long interview instead, as I'm sure Candlemass would have a lot to say about their career. But that's the only thing I think is missing here, other than videoclips (they have at least one out that I know of.) If you're into Candlemass, the question is not whether you should get it, but rather why don't you have it yet? In fact I'd go as far as to say that this is a must have for any metal fan. OK maybe not, but close. :) This was originally released in PAL format only, but I believe a NTSC version was released in 2004.

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