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Various Artists - Live at Wacken 2007

Discussion in 'Media Reviews' started by TheWyvern, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. TheWyvern

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    Various Artists - Live at Wacken 2007
    Wacken Records – Out Now
    By Dan Fisher

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    It is always the problem with live festival DVDs that they can’t quite replicate the live experience of the actual event. Subsequently, they are always going to appeal more to the fan who has been to the gig and wants a copy as a record of that memory, as opposed to the average metal fan.

    However, this release documenting Wacken 2007 does go some way to bridging the gap between a mere curiosity and a must-have DVD.

    The first disk documents all the esoterica that surrounds Wacken; the 8km long queues, the friendly German families who open their arms to the metal community with food and shelter, the free swimming pool-cum-washing facilities, the bales of straw rolled over the huge muddy patches on the fields, the various nationalities that find common ground with a bunch of beers and much, much more.

    This is all interspersed with choice cuts from the music of the first day. My personal favourites included Rage’s orchestral version of ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ and misery merchant’s Type O Negative playing ‘We Hate Everyone’. There were some quite weird (crap) choices here as well like Lacuna Coil’s frankly shite version of ‘Enjoy The Silence’. Oh well. You can’t have it all.

    The second DVD is a more typical affair with shed loads of bands shoehorned onto one disk. There were quite a few brilliant moments. Therion seem amazing live with their brand of symphonic prog. metal and it’s always great to see a reunion by true metal pioneers such as Immortal. I was also impressed by Napalm Death’s cover of ‘Nazi Punks Fuck Off’. I could go on but there’s really not much point: Wacken is the mecca of metal. A DVD is no where near the same experience as the real thing. But if you can’t afford to trek halfway across Europe, then shelling out 10 quid on a DVD that is obviously a labour of love is worth the money.

    Official Wacken Website
    Official Wacken Records Website
     
  2. jlovego

    jlovego New Metal Member

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    CharltonChars New Metal Member

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    Really great thanks for sharing and I also want a copy of this DVD.
     
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    CharltonChars New Metal Member

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    Wacken is the most important and most popular gathering of metallers from around the world.
     
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    lily.ann New Metal Member

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    Wacken is trully the best festival out there! Thanks for sharing!
     

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