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Review: Behemoth - Live Eschaton: The Art of Rebellion
Live Eschaton: The Art of Rebellion

Label: Metal Mind Productions
Year released: 2002
Duration: 107 min.

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: August 5, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Live Eschaton: The Art of Rebellion

Rated 4.14/5 (82.86%) (7 Votes)

This DVD was released by the same company that released Vader's DVD, and therefore it is quite similar - identical menu system and pretty much packed with contents: live show (seemingly from the same venue as Vader), two videos, detailed biographies, an interview with Nergal, six audio tracks, discography, photo gallery, desktop images, art gallery and weblinks. Needless to say, it takes some time to go through all this stuff.

The show is weird in that the crowd is extremely quiet. When Nergal talks between songs and screams when announcing the next song, you'd expect the crowd to make some noise, but none of that. It's almost as if the band was just playing in front of the cameras. When they're playing we can see some of the people in the crowd headbanging a little and that's about it. Toward the end, surprise, we can hear some crowd noise.

The band isn't exactly Iron Maiden on stage but they do play convincingly, and toward the end the guitarists make use of their long hair to show they're into their stuff. This is all filmed professionally and there's good alternance between each band members, so you get to see just about everything. I ended up watching the show a couple of times and it was more enjoyable the second time around.

The interview is in Polish so you'll be thankful for the English subtitles. ;) I noticed quite a few typos and cutoff words that should have been caught before final pressing, but it's nothing bad enough and it's still easy to understand what's going on. What I found a bit annoying is that sometimes the subtitles go by so fast that you don't have time to read them.

The band's biography is quite detailed, unfortunately very hard to read on my antiquated TV set because of the small font used - I guess I'll have to go back to this one when I get a better one. ;) The video for "Decade of Therion" is... well, your average video and nothing to go crazy over. The one for "Chant for Eschaton 2000" seems to be coming directly from the live show on the DVD itself (that still makes it better than the other video..) As for the other extras, well I won't go into details but there's enough stuff in there to make this a worthy purchase. Highly recommended.

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