|Review: Krisiun - Live Armageddon
Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 110 min.
Review online: September 15, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.31/5 (86.15%) (13 Votes)
This DVD is sure to please people who want live action. It contains not one, but two full live shows. The main feature is the band's performance at Metalmania 2004 in Poland. It is professionally filmed and the picture and sound are for all purpose perfect. While the band does get the job done in its live setting, I found that the very large stage does not fit them well. Krisiun is not a band that moves a lot on stage, and here it often feels like there's only one guy on stage. I also wish the camera would stand still for a bit longer at times. While not nearly as annoying as the jumpy images in Maiden's "Rock in Rio", there are times where the watcher would benefit from the camera focusing on one thing for a few more seconds. That said, overall this is enjoyable.
The second show is actually in the bonus section. One will not that a lot of the songs are the same in both show, and that the main feature has only 9 songs, versus 12 for the bonus show (if you included the drum solo.) Well, I guess the explanation lies in this one being slightly less professionally filmed, and in a smaller venue. But I found this show a lot more enjoyable to watch and much closer to when I saw them live last year. The stage here is smaller and that fits Krisiun's live style much better. The cameras are not as professionally handled as on the Metalmania show, but whoever filmed this did a better job of capturing the live experience of a Krisiun show. You feel more like you're in the venue while watching this one. The image is not as good (it has to do with the lighting in the venue) and the camera movements are jerky at times, but there's a much warmer feel to it. And this one has a cool cover of Venom's "In League With Satan", how's that? :)
The bootleg filmed at Wacken 2001 is a bit disposable - the kind of thing you watch once and never watch again. It's filmed from the side of the stage (but on the stage) and the sound is so-so. The "Works of Carnage Recording Sessions" bonus is probably one, if not the most boring recording session footage I've seen. Note that after a while I grew tired of it and skipped a few minutes so maybe I missed something, but I doubt it. I think I'll live if I did. :) You also get the video clip for the song "Murderer" - essentially a standard death metal video but still better than many, and then the usual biography, discography, photo gallery, etc... The biography is quite extensive for a DVD though, so it's worth checking it out. Overall a very good DVD with a few flaws that are easily avoided with the skip button.
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