|Review: Destruction - Live Discharge|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 160 min.
Review online: December 15, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
I was scared for a moment when I started watching this. Most of the time, bands release a full concert on DVD, while this one shows songs recorded at several different concerts. Now that's usually a recipe for disaster, but somehow the boys from Destruction pulled it off extremely well. This is really fun to watch, and even though there's some backstage (and other off-stage) footage here and there between the songs, something I usually hate, Live Discharge is put together in such a way that all this stuff flows in pretty nicely. It's cool to see the band play their songs at different stages in their career, and the image and sound is surprisingly good even for the older stuff.
The interview with the band is one of the highlights of this DVD. It lasts about 45 minutes and the guys discuss the band's history (from the beginnings up to present times) in a very laid back fashion, with a few anecdotes here and there that make it even fun to watch. Sometimes interviews are a drag and you can't wait for them to end, but in this case it could easily have been twice as long and still not be boring. Of course the new drummer didn't have very much to say, having joined the band only recently.
The DVD has quite a few extras: Videoclips, backstage/road footage (the Australian tour one is particularly cool to watch), more live footage (including quite a bit of 80's footage), the mandatory discography which includes audio clips, and a photo gallery. Surely I'm forgetting a few things here, but that's the bulk of it. Other than a full show filmed in one location, there isn't much more one could wish for on this DVD.
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