|Review: Overkill - Live in Overhausen|
|Live in Overhausen|
Label: Nuclear Blast
Year released: 2018
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: February 3, 2019
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Live in Overhausen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)
It's been almost 16 years since I reviewed the excellent DVD, Wrecking Everything: An Evening in Asbury Park, so when I saw that they had made one with the band playing the albums Feel the Fire and Horrorscope in full, I decided it was time to see how the guys are holding up live these days.
This package contains two CDs and one Blu-ray disc. Let's start with the show as a whole before focusing on the Blu-ray disc: Overkill still deliver the goods live. They sound great and everything is played tight. The sound is pro-quality and it's really fun to listen to those 21 songs all in a row. Even though it's nearly two hours in length, I've found myself sometimes listening to it a couple of times in a row. They have a faithful crowd present and they make themselves heard, though it's not overbearing and the instruments and vocals still come front and centre. Some of Blitz's interactions with the crowd are a little uninspired or repetitive at times, but it's easily overlooked.
To the Blu-ray now. That was a little bit of a disappointment. Of course, with this being a special show, the stage lighting is quite something while not distracting our attention from the band. The picture quality is awesome. You get quite a few angles all throughout the show, though I found that they sometimes switch angles and members a little too quickly and often, which makes it hard to focus on the performance. More emphasis on catching the band as a whole to get the "show experience" would have worked better. That aside, it's really great to see the guys really enjoying themselves on stage and play with such passion and precision. My one big beef with the video is that they've inserted commentaries here and there between songs, and that really breaks the flow. Imagine watching a couple of songs, then have the show interrupted for a couple of minutes to listen to someone talk, then back to the show. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Really a bad idea. Not that the commentaries are bad, mind you, most of them are interesting, but this kind of stuff is better left to a separate section on the Blu-ray, not scattered throughout the set, interrupting the show regularly. In the end, it's still a fun show to watch and it's always great to see a band with such a long history still kicking ass and taking names on stage.
2CD + 1 Blu-ray combo.
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