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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 80’s 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
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.
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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