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Review: Jag Panzer - The Era Of Kings And Conflict
Jag Panzer
www.jagpanzer.com
The Era Of Kings And Conflict

Label: Independent
Year released: 2002
Duration: 76 min.

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: November 20, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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The Era Of Kings And Conflict

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One has to wonder about label support when a band that's been around as long as Jag Panzer need to self-finance their first DVD. This DVD is pretty much the work of guitarist Mark Briody, who seems to have done just about everything, from graphics to DVD authoring, and overall he has done a very impressive job. Right from the beginning the DVD starts as if it was a movie starting, with the title showing up in exploding graphics effects, then followed by the names of the band members (as if they were actors starring in a movie - you get the idea) with a fly-by over some snowy Colorado mountains in the background. Very nicely done. And worth mentioning, unlike "commercial" DVDs, you can press the Menu key during the intro, it's not locked out during the opening credits/copyright notice.

Alright, contents. The DVD has 5 videos from their last 3 albums, all of which are shot live except for "Take To The Sky" which was filmed on top of a Colorado mountain (there's a making-of in the special features section.) There's also a live bootleg with 5 songs, a bit immobile as far as filming goes, but the image and sound quality are very good. A bit annoying is the fact that it returns to the menu after each song, rather than play them all in a row without interruption.

The Special Features include the aforementionned making-of, some "life on the road" footage, an interview with the band, as well as a few guitar solos (all very short.) The interview was for me the highlight of the DVD, not being too knowledgeable about Jag Panzer I did learn a few things, and the guys goof around a little during the interview, which is always cool. One thing that was a bit weird was that, after the interview credits, it seemed to cut abruptedly and return to the interview for a few seconds (a bit more goofing around), only to once again end abruptedly and return to the menu. I'm not sure if that was intended or if it's an error on the DVD.

Of course, the main criticism to be made about the DVD is that it doesn't contain a professionaly-filmed show, which I guess is an indication that they never had the funding to do so. But then again, Hammerfall have already released two DVDs without a show either. Maybe on an upcoming DVD? Time to petition Century Media. :)

I think this DVD will be better appreciated by die hard fans than by people just looking for some metal DVD and expecting more. Nevertheless, for a self-financed, self-produced product, this is very well done. I believe the DVD is limited to 1000 copies, so it will eventually be a hard to find item, if it isn't already.


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