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Review: Overkill - Wrecking Everything: An Evening in Asbury Park
Wrecking Everything: An Evening in Asbury Park

Label: Spitfire Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 219 min.

Rating: 5+/5

Review online: March 13, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Wrecking Everything: An Evening in Asbury Park

Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (10 Votes)

Simply put, "Wrecking Everything" should be the model for all metal DVDs. The first DVD contains a full show filmed in Ashbury Park, in their home state of New Jersey - and they didn't just go halfway, as the show is almost 2 hours long. The image and sound quality are superb, and whoever produced the end result should either get a raise or at the very least be treated to a beer or ten. :) While, for example, Maiden's "Rock in Rio" jumps from one scene to the next every split second, here things go a lot smoother and are done a lot more intelligently, always zooming on the right band member (eg. during solos) and with a good balance of full-stage shots as well. Of all the shows I've seen on DVD or VHS, this is easily in the top 3. The band gives a very energetic performance, they're at the top of their games, and the crowd is just nuts. There's some interactivity between the frontman and the crowd, enough to remind you that this is a live show but also not too much as to not annoy the viewer (or the audience present there, for that matter.)

The one thing that annoyed me is the heavy use of stroboscope light effects, it's almost as annoying to watch that on TV as when you have to suffer through it in person. Yet, Overkill's music goes well with the effect, so I can't really blame them for using it quite a bit. Hey, it's better than pyros... ahem. OK. Bottom line, this is a great live show that will make you wish you had been there in person.

The second DVD is nearly 100 minutes long and contains a lengthy and very interesting documentary , "Batmen: The Return", with the band members chatting about various things that span Overkill's long history. This is one documentary that's actually worth watching a couple of times, just to make sure you didn't miss anything. Lots of vintage footage in there as well. There's also a short backstage footage section ("Batmen Behind the Scenes") that isn't too bad. Throw in a photo gallery to close things up.

Saying that this DVD is excellent is almost an insult to the quality of the work here - it's beyond excellent. And note that I like Overkill, but I'm not a big fan, so don't see this as a "fanboy alert". :) Fans of Overkill or of speed/thrash in general should skip a meal if necessary to get this DVD.

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