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Review: Death - Live In L.A.
Live In L.A.

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 80 min.

Rating: 3/5

Review online: October 13, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Live In L.A.

Rated 3.48/5 (69.6%) (25 Votes)

Not being too knowledgeable about this band myself (I only heard a few songs before), I decided to pick up this live DVD. As the title implies, this was filmed during a show in L.A. back in 1998. Overall the image quality is very good, no matter what the room's lighting is (i.e. stage lights etc...) The sound coming from the stage is very clear, maybe a little too clear (studio overdubs?) and it's easy to distinguish every instrument. However, since this is a live show, it would have been interesting to hear the crowd a little bit more. As it is, we can only (and barely) hear the crowd between songs. They could have been performing in a studio it wouldn't have made much difference, at least to someone watching this on TV.

The camera shots vary enough to show either the whole band or each band member individually, and they usually zoom in on the solos, which is probably what I liked the most from this DVD. I'm not a big fan of the songs but some of the solos are pretty cool and it's great that the focus is shifted to the soloist when there is one.

There's minimal interactivity between the band (or at least the frontman - Chuck) and the crowd, something I always find a bit annoying. "Thank you all for being here" doesn't cut it. Oh well, the music is what counts at the end of the day. The band members don't move a lot on stage but then again, it's not exactly a big stage either. So overall, visually there's nothing too exciting to see. Note that there are no special features on the DVD, other than the ability to jump directly to a song through the menu.

I think this will most likely appeal to die-hard fans of the band. For others, try to watch it at a friend's place or borrow it. Since I'm not knowledgeable of the band's discography, I can't say whether the set-list could have been better, so you be the judge:

1. Intro
2. The Philosopher
3. Spirit Crusher
4. Trapped in a Corner
5. Scavenger of Human Sorrow
6. Crystal Mountain
7. Flesh And The Power It Holds
8. Zero Tolerance
9. Zombie Ritual
10. Suicide Machine
11. Together As One
12. Empty Words
13. Symbolic
14. Pull The Plug

Note that there's also a CD version of Live in L.A.

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