I want to start with what’s good about this DVD, which was recorded live in Sydney, Australia in 2009: it sounds great. Okay, it’s only stereo audio, and not the 5.1 channel Dolby Digital or DTS surround sound I was expecting, which is somewhat disappointing, but what’s here, as I mentioned, sounds great, and is very crisp and clear. Unlike the video. Holy fuck is the video ever over-compressed, with notable pixelation and compression artifacts. It’s not enough to ruin things, but it can be distracting. This is clearly a low-budget (although multiple-camera) recording, and after watching it, I was surprised that it’s even anamorphic widescreen, but thankfully it is. The cinematography… well, I’m sure they tried their best, and I’ll leave it at that, since I don’t like saying anything negative about a legendary band like Malevolent Creation. And the band does deliver the intense Death Metal, as one would expect, making this an enjoyable experience, just far from a perfect one. As with any live album, I wanted to hear a couple songs that weren’t included, but time is always limited, so I understand. And this is a great live set, with an emphasis on the band’s early career. But that said, these guys need some fuckin’ quality control. In addition to the video/audio issues, the track list on the DVD cover is wrong, omitting three songs on the disc (“Monster,” “Multiple Stab Wounds,” and “Homicidal Rant”), and misnaming another (it’s “Manic Demise,” not “Man’s Demise”). The audio from this was released separately on CD as Australian Onslaught in late 2010, and it’s possible that the unlisted DVD songs were actually edited off of that release to keep the duration short enough to fit on a single CD… Malevolent Creation deserves a better DVD than this, and maybe one day it’ll actually happen. In the meantime, we’ll have to take what we can get.
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Demented D said:
It’s also killer to have Brett Hoffman back on vo-kills.
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