IMMOLATION - Bringing Down the World
GENRE: Death metal
LABEL: Listenable Records
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Target Distribution
I've been a fan of Immolation since their 1991 debut Dawn of Possession so it was with great anticipation that I finally got hold on the band's DVD Bringing Down the World.
Filmed in 2002/2003 during their Bringing Down the World tour in support of their Unholy Cult CD the footage may not be up to date, but it doesn't make it less good. The main show was filmed in front of an audience packed Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, Holland in early 2003 and it shows a fervent band. Immolation put on a potent performance that perfectly captures the intensity and power of the band.
The show was filmed from various points of view and it makes the whole viewing experience far more interesting and enjoyable than a lot of other DVD releases. Moreover the footage regularly switches to black and white adding even more diversity. This show only has a length of 45 minutes as the band was support to Cradle of Filth at that time. But to make up for this there's a lot of bonus stuff on the DVD.
There's an interview with bassist/vocalist Ross Dolan and guitarist Bob Vigna. It's just the typical stuff, but never the less still interesting. Furthermore there's a photo gallery, but I don't find that particularly interesting though. What is more interesting is the other bonus material which is live material filmed in Tilburg, Holland, in Paris, France and in Los Angeles, USA.
However, common for these shows is that the sound and footage is not that great. The sound is often muddy as opposite to the Amsterdam show which is very professionally done both sound and footage wise. Particularly the Los Angeles show is very blurry, but the other two is not all that good either so some of idea of filming these shows kind of gets lost. It's simply not very interesting to watch the blurry footage, but I can understand why it's included as it gives a good idea of how the band is live.
There's also some amateur video footage from the recording sessions of Unholy Cult as well as some backstage clips, but the quality of these clips are extremely poor, never the less quite hilarious. Finally there's a video clip to "Of Martyrs and Men", but it's taken from the Amsterdam show, so it doesn't contribute with anything at all.
But despite of all these not so good things, it's all in all a DVD better than most. The best about the DVD is definitely the show in Amsterdam. The rest of the material is okay, but not all that compelling.