Music With Impact DVD reviewed by Luc Rodgers

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Music With Impact DVD reviewed by Luc Rodgers
Oct 30, 2007, 02:31


People purchase compilation CDs or split releases to not only hear a band that they already know but also to see who is working with them. It is usually a good idea, being exposed to something that might've been overlooked otherwise, and a chain reaction begins and, though the bank account may hurt a little, the broadening palate becomes priceless. What about compilation DVDs? How often do you purchase one? Not often, I know. But looking at it in the same light, it is a worthwhile purchase and one that has the possibility to bear the fruit that has been planted deep in the mind. Not only that, but coupling a visual rendering of a song can explain much more about a band than merely the songs hanging naked in the air. Here on Music With Impact, Regain Records invites you to peruse their roster of artists and watch them, all gussied up, from the comfort of your own home. In all there are 23 videos to enjoy, or not, but there is definitely enough diversity to please any metal fan.

Some of the highlights include the two offerings from blackened death metal mainstays Behemoth with their punishing, flashy “Conquer All” and “Slaves Shall Serve,” both from 2004's Demigod, and Ragnorok's title track from 2004's Blackdoor Miracle. Some surprises pop out, especially when one witnesses the young rage of Totalt Jävla Mörker's “Kall Värld.” It is their passion that harkens a young Converge, an unspoiled Refused, or a much better, smarter Hatebreed. The simple, yet poignant, video effects add to the energy and vitality of a band that will hopefully be more accessible to the States soon. Marduk comes in with a wonderful, lo-fi black metal snippet that is 17% student film project, 83% bored-on-a-Saturday-with-a-video-camera, which makes it 100% perfect for the terrifying “Throne of Rats,” from 2004's Plague Angel.

With the good, though, comes the bad. Real bad. “What the hell,” will ring true as you witness Death SS's “Give ‘Em Hell,” from 2002's Humanomalies. Fist pumping and wrestling (yes, WWF style folding chair “mayhem”) overshadow the constant stick twirling in a laughable attempt at some sort of redneck bar anthem. The leather outfits and showy corpsepaint meld perfectly with the scantily clad women and ridiculous antics to steer everyone clear of not only this release, but also never actually admitting to watching it. Close, but not as disastrous, comes Mustasch with their wannabe Clutch shitstorm “Parasite.” The most notable moment comes when one witnesses the obvious discomfort of bassist Mats Johansson surrounded by dozens of gyrating women. It is all the proof one needs to surmise that life really isn't about parties and jets, and it's a shame that Johansson's realization came while the camera was rolling. Tenebre's “Mistress of the Dark,” from 2002's Descend From Heaven, is gothic rock garbage with what appears to be a Swedish Kenny Chesney blabbering on about something…no one really cares. The only video more ludicrous goes to Bronx Casket Co.'s “Little Dead Girl.”

Remember Dire Straits' “Money for Nothing” video and how it changed the way computers would be utilized forever? If it were 1985, “Little Dead Girl” would have been quite an achievement, only being hampered by the weak song. That's where the problem lies, though. It is 2007 and a band releasing something as laughable as this should not be allowed to perform ever again. The song and video tell the story of…yep, you guessed it…a dead girl who wants to live again. Before going out, she splashes some embalming fluid on to freshen up and hits the town with a robot dog which tried to eat her leg at first, but then became her friend. As the video unfortunately continues, a myriad of characters add a dash of “what the hell” to the mix: a dueling frog, a hanging doll above a whirling pool of quicksand, and finally the band itself! Yes, the whole journey was to see Bronx Casket Co. in all of their horrendous live glory. If the opportunity arises and someone asks you to go see this band, accept the invitation only on the grounds that this same adventure will happen. Otherwise, don't go.   

In this collection there is no middle ground. The bright spots are memorable and the dark corners are, unfortunately, memorable as well, but in a most horrific way. The diversity is a plus, as you will not know what to expect next, and it can also give a taste of things you might have overlooked in the past. It also steers you clear of mistaken purchases. We all know the feeling of coming home from the record store, laying the CD in the tray, and hearing Mustasch blaring from the speakers, “Guess what else you could've bought for $15! Ooooooh.” [Regain]

-Luc Rodgers

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