DEICIDE - When London Burns
GENRE: Death metal
LABEL: Earache Records
YEAR: January 23rd, 2006
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Target Distribution
DVD releases are getting more and more common, and Floridian death metallers Deicide have also jumped on the wagon. When London Burns was recorded at The Mean Fiddler in London, England on November 29th, 2004 during the European tour in support of Scars of the Crucifix. Musically it's apparent that guitarist Dave Suzuki [Vital Remains] and Jack Owen [formerly of Cannibal Corpse] were rushed in. Not all songs sound like the Hoffmann brothers played them, but it doesn't really affect anything in a major way.
The concert was shot from multiple angles with handheld cameras, and it makes the footage a little chaotic once in a while due to the somewhat shaky footage. The picture quality is moreover a bit blurry here and there, but it's nothing that spoils the DVD. The setlist is stuffed with top-notch songs. Glen Benton & Co concentrates mostly on material from the self-titled debut, Legion and Once Upon the Cross which I'm thankful for as these three records are the best Deicide have released to date. It's nice to hear and see songs like "Kill the Christian", "Lunatic's of God's Creation" as well as "Dead By Dawn" and "Crucifixion" being played. Another good thing is that unlike so many other live releases there doesn't seem to have been tampered/modified much, if anything with the sound. The DVD is essential in every Deicide fans collection even though the Hoffmann brothers are missing.
There's nothing new with regard to the bonus material. It's the same 30 minute clip that was also found on the limited edition of Scars of the Crucifix, so for those who already have the CD with bonus DVD there's nothing to come for with regards to the bonus material. When London Burns is not different from so many other DVD releases. Nevertheless it's a good effort that provide nearly 60 minutes of entertainment.