First of all, I’m sure that everyone knows about Behemoth main-man Nergal’s fight against leukemia. I wish him a recovery as speedy as his band’s fastest blast beat.
On to the actual review: If you like Metal (and why else would you be reading this?), then you almost have to worship Behemoth, arguably Poland’s greatest band, and this 3-disc set (2 DVDs and 1 CD) is an absolute must-buy situation, if you will. The video (anamorphic widescreen, of course) and audio (5.1 Surround) are outstanding. You’d have to go high-def to look or sound better. The first DVD has two entire concerts on it, the initial one recorded in Warsaw, 2009; while the second is from Paris, 2008 (the audio of which was released on CD in 2008 as At the Arena ov Aion - Live Apostasy). Behemoth’s high-intensity blend of Black and Death Metal is amazing to see performed live, and the set-lists for the gigs are deep enough to unearth “From the Pagan Vastlands” and “Wolves Guard My Coffin,” both of which I was overjoyed to hear. Of course there is a bit of repetition between the shows, but they’re different enough - my personal favorite, “Christgrinding Avenue,” is only played in the Paris set, for example.
By the way, if you happen to be photosensitive, the strobe lights used in the concerts will probably give you a fucking seizure.
The second DVD features two documentaries (in Polish, with English subtitles), and I think every video clip the band has created to date (plus the “making of” them). The final disc, the CD, is the audio from the Warsaw performance, and a nice bonus for those unable to rip the sound from DVD to iPod.
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