Company: Metal Mind Productions Release: 2008 Genre: Mixed Reviewer: Sinnercorp
The next best thing if you couldn't be there
If you have ever been to Europe between spring and fall, there is a good chance you have noticed the amount of festivals they have. One of bigger festivals in Eastern Europe is the Metalmind Festival in Poland. Released in 2008 by Metal Mind Productions, Metalmania 2007 is jam packed with 30 songs from artists including Korpiklaani, Vital Remains, Entombed, Destruction, Sepultura, Paradise Lost and Testament. Metalmania is a live recording from the premier Central European metal festival. Bands come from around the globe to play these festivals.
The DVD kicks off with Korpoklaani. I am not sure the last time I actually saw a metal band play bagpipes, fiddle, an accordion, and a microphone pole with deer antlers on it. They seem to be able to pull it off without it sounding lame. Crystal Abyss, Darzamat, Vital Remains, and Blaze Bayley to name a few lesser known bands all seem to have their own crowd appeal. You hear anything from psychedelic metal to straight up hardcore metal.
The DVD wraps up with Sepultura, Paradise Lost, and Testament. As usual, these bands draw in big crowds and pulverizing sounds. Each band gets 1-3 songs on the DVD, with Testament playing 5 songs. This is definitely a concert filled with variety, as you get everything from straight up 80ís sounding heavy metal, death metal to thrash metal to even a little Viking metal. There seems to be something for just about everybody.
The extras on the DVD are very slim to none. Each of the main stage bands get an interview feature, which lasts between 4-8 minutes. There are some interesting interviews that might reach out and slap you. Crystal Abyss did the interview in face paint and praised Satan for their motivation. Testament, guitarist Skolnick gave a more revealing interview. There are photos, band info, and a feature that displays the bands that have been on each Metalmania since its beginning. Overall, a decent collection, but the live performances are the real draw here.
In addition to the DVD of main stage bands, there's a bonus CD with songs from bands on the second stage. Some of those artists include Tyr, Horrorscope, and Deivos. The CD is a decent sampler of a different collection of bands from the side stage. The crowd was lively, the audio and video is good, and the performances were solid. If you couldn't make it to the festival in person, the Metalmania 2007 DVD/CD is the next best thing.
DVD/CD Track Listing DVD 01. Korpiklaani - Tuli Kokko 02. Korpiklaani - Pellonpekko 03. Korpiklaani - Wooden Pints 04. Crystal Abyss - Darkness Awakes 05. Darzamat - Labyrinth of Anxiety 06. Darzamat - The Burning Times 07. Zyklon - Underdog 08. Zyklon - Wrenched 09. Zyklon - Psyklon Aeon 10. Vital Remains - Intro - Let the Killing Begin 11. Vital Remains - Dechristianize 12. Vital Remains - Infidel 13. Entombed - When In Sodom 14. Entombed - Carnage 15. Entombed - Revel In Flesh 16. Destruction - Total Desaster 17. Destruction - Bestial Invasion 18. Destruction - Nailed to the Cross 19. Blaze Bayley - Alive 20. Blaze Bayley - Kill & Destroy 21. Blaze Bayley - Sign of the Cross 22. Sepultura - Convicted in Life 23. Sepultura - False 24. Sepultura - Dead Embrionic Cells 25. Paradise Lost - Say Just Words 26. Testament - The Preacher 27. Testament - The New Order 28. Testament - The Haunting 29. Testament - Electric Crown 30. Testament - D.N.R. CD 01. Carnal - My Salvation 02. Horrorscope - Killers Breeding 03. Tyr - Brother's Bane 04. Witchking - Flame of Udun 05. Sphere - Next Morning's Mass 06. Deivos - Blackness Incarnate 07. Benediction - Suicide Rebellion 08. Forever Will Burn - It Ends in Darkness 09. Root - And They Are Silent 10. Ciryam - Lowcy Swiatla 11. Wu-Hae - Pacan
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