|Review: Deicide - Doomsday In L.A.|
|Doomsday In L.A.|
Label: Earache Records
Year released: 2007
Review online: April 9, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Doomsday In L.A.
Rated 3.3/5 (66%) (10 Votes)
Based on the excellent "When London Burns" DVD, I jumped on this as soon as I saw it available at an online distro. Well, I shouldn't have, for this is nowhere near as good as its predecessor. There is nothing basically wrong with the band's performance, even though I found the London show more intense than this one, but the way this DVD was filmed is absolutely amateurish, if not downright pathetic. The lighting sucks, but the worst part is the camera work. I've seen bootlegs that were less jumpy than this. The camera often shakes in all directions (and no, it cannot be intended to be that way for some cool factor or whatever), but I think the worst parts are when the cameraman decides to start moving the camera: Oops, too much to the right, let's get back to the left quickly. Ooops! A little too much to the left (or not enough) and a bit too low, I cut the top of Glen's head out. Tee-hee! I hope it didn't cost them too much to get this thing shot. And when things are still, the images are shot from a couple of fixed locations which are not exactly... Good. Maybe this is because of the venue's configuration, however. So while the band offers a solid performance, the shaking and rather uninspired filming is distracting and just doesn't convey the essence of the show, and it quickly gets very boring (I even fell asleep while watching it.) Whoever filmed this managed to screw up what should have been very good based on the set list alone.
There are videos for "Homage for Satan" and "Desecration" as extras and they are both OK, kind of the classic style for death metal videos. The interview is with the four band members, which includes newcomers Jack Owen (ex-Cannibal Corpse) and Ralph Santolla (ex-Death, Iced Earth.) It's interesting overall, save for the occasional insanities that kind of fall flat. Not good enough to forget the atrocious filming however.
So, by now you've probably guessed how I'm going to conclude this: If you want a good Deicide DVD, buy "When London Burns" and, Glen, get your money back from whoever filmed this and next time use people who know how to handle a camera.
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