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  • Immolation - "Bringing Down the World" 2004 / DVD
    LISTENABLE RECORDS
    USA

    Immolation - Bringing Down the World Over their illustrious 15 year career Immolation have crafted and honed their brooding oppressive death metal, further adding depth to the style with each successive release. The culmination of this evolution could be heard on "Unholy Cult" thus far the most accomplished recording to date. Now, finally Immolation has released its first DVD. The majority is taken by live shows, including a full show in Tilburg and parts of shows in Paris, LA, etc.

    Live show(s)
    The main show sees the band in its full devastating glory, performing tracks from their entire backcatalogue, from the seminal debut "Dawn Of Possession" to the critically acclaimed masterpiece "Unholy Cult" not one record is left out. Shot with multiple cameras and angles, each member receives equal time on screen. While generally the cameras keep each individual member adequately on screen, through out the blast parts the editing is sometimes just too quick to fully enjoy. While these moments are rare, they do appear and will be hard to stomach for people who aren’t into the fast edited, MTV or Michael Bay generation of filming. All footage is in color, with occasional black and white pieces, some panoramic shots and slow motion parts thrown in for good measure. The quality in both image and sound is outstanding on all live parts. All shows are integral without cuts in between, so there won’t be any breaks with the band talking unnecessarily in between.

    Interview
    This is probably the part to which most Immolation fans will be looking forward to. I was sorely disappointed upon initially viewing this segment bluntly put, because it lacks severely in substance. Something that didn’t change upon repeated viewing. With what we got on this DVD and what it potentially could have been, I somehow wish they entirely dropped this segment. The interview starts off with Immolation performing a part of ‘Of Martyrs and Men’ after which we cut back to Ross Dolan (bass/vocals) and Bob Vigna (guitars) answering about 5 standard questions, which of most can be found in the better specialized magazines and thus add zero to the actual content. Topics touched upon are the following: writing and recording of an album, inspirations, the touring life, how the guys are off-stage. With towering (mayhap unreal) expectations about this segment, I hoped to see some in-depth information about the creation of each album, conceptually and thematically. Some explanatory notes about the deeper meaning of the cover artworks, how and what kept the guys inspired through out all these years, how it was starting out in the early years, etc. Even some rare footage of the band in the early years, rehearsals, working in the studio on an album the list is virtually endless and so much more could have been dug into making this a rich and truly educational segment. Taking this segment at face value: it won’t disappoint any of the band’s younger fans with their non-existent attention spans this reviewer, however, appreciates some substance to sink his teeth into. Truly a missed shot here.

    General conclusion:
    "Bringing Down the World" certainly delivers on the live front, all the rest is quite poorly executed. While the lay-out, menu’s and visualizations are all of an outstanding quality, the substance to make this a memorable DVD is severely lacking in certain departments. Therefore I feel seasoned Immolation devotees might experience disappointment upon investigating what could have been a fan’s dream to fully get their minds into the Immolation concept.

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