Reviews – Visual

Fall Into Darkness 2009 DVD

If you ever find yourself reading press releases about metal tour announcements on the West Coast and suddenly wondering, Now why the hell am I not living in Portland? don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Thanks to local booking agent Nanotear, whose clients are some of the coolest, most cutting-edge artists in heavy music, the Oregon city has turned into a very strong metal market, a fact hammered home annually with Fall Into Darkness.

Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic

Forget Dante Alighieri, Italian poet of the Middle Ages who detailed to his readers the punishments that awaited the damned in Hell. This is DANTE, a name which can only be spoken in the most gravelly of death metal tones. Based on Visceral Games’ recent bloody action game of the same name, the film is directed by Mike Disa and includes art and animation from a few different groups (including Asian animation group Production I.G.).

Jonathan Smith reviews Dante’s Inferno, the new animated film based on the Visceral Games videogame of the same name.

Meshuggah – Alive

In less talented hands, the 90 minute concert film that constitutes the centerpiece of Alive would come off as a sloppily arranged mess, but director/editor Ian McFarland’s footage is so well-shot and so tastefully edited that we can’t help but forgive him for making the whole experience a touch disjointed.

Adrien Begrand reviews the brand new live DVD/CD collection by Sweden’s technical death metal innovators Meshuggah.

Blackfield – NYC: Blackfield Live in New York City

Originally released as a DVD only, it has now been reissued as a two disc set, with the entire performance now also available as on CD too. The band sticks pretty much to Blackfield material, playing everything but one song from their second album II and also including nearly all of the first album too. The performances of these songs in a live setting don’t differ greatly from the studio versions. If you have those records already you may not need this collection unless you are an absolute Wilson-aholic that absolutely needs everything he does (and I know there are a lot of you out there, that is for certain).

Exodus: Shovel Headed Tour Machine-Live At Wacken

With their hardcore fans in mind, Exodus has put together their third DVD release, a three-disc extravaganza that tries to give the die-hards what they want, and in their own inimitable way, succeeds mightily.

Adrien Begrand reviews the massive new three disc DVD set by Bay Area thrash legends Exodus on the heels of their North American tour with Arch Enemy and Arsis.