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VARIOUS ARTISTS
Monsters Of Death
(Nuclear Blast Records)
approx. 260:00min

This double DVD set gets promoted as "The ultimate Death Metal compilation"... and you know what? This is nothing but the truth for a change! Or do you know of any other Death Metal DVD that consists of no less than 59 video clips? See, me neither... So, all hail to Nuclear Blast for compiling this impressive release! The whole thing includes a fat, 36 pages booklet with additional info on each featured band, as well as an audio chapter with 7 tracks by SOILWORK, DISBELIEF, GRAVBWORM, WINTERSUN, OMNIUM GATHERUM, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER and PUNGENT STENCH (they might be previously unreleased... can't tell you though as I'm not familiar with those bands' releases). As far as the video section is concerned, well where ever there's light there's also shadow and unfortunately quite a lot of bands (even more established ones!) delivered pretty ridiculous looking results, which you either might blame on their often pretty young age or the lack of good visual ideas... Too bad, really! I mean, if you spend a lot of money on the production of a promotional video, you better make sure it increases the interest in your band as opposed to turn people off... In my case it unfortunately was very often the latter (even if the music was good) and therefore resulted in my ongoing boycott of live shows of almost every new or reformed band... The disappointment factor simply is too high if you extremely worship a particular record! But anyway, I got carried away a little bit... I'm not going to mention any names here, so let me just say that I mostly liked those type of videos that are showing the band in an energetic live situation (as uninspired as it may come across from an artists point of view). On the other hand, a couple of positive surprises to me certainly were the videos from SOILWORK, FINNTROLL or DARKANE (bands that I usually couldn't care less about) - they really managed to get something across with their videos. Among the 59 videos, there's also 6 live performances by TIAMAT, NECROPHOBIC, MALEVOLENT CREATION, ALL SHALL PARISH, IMMOLATION and DEATH (the latter two from their home videos though). The rest is a solid mixture of brutal and grinding Death as well as the more melodic side of this genre. Many known acts / clips (from MTV / VIVA) go hand in hand with a whole bunch of pretty much unknown and obscure stuff. I am just wondering what went wrong with NAPALM DEATH's 'Greed Killing' (the music definitely not goes along correctly with the visual side AT ALL, which looks kinda strange, especially in the vocal department...). But all in all this is still a very cool release that you definitely should add to your collection (maybe right next to Osmose's "A Collection Of Noisymotions" DVD) and I hope that more volumes will follow (as there's still a whole bunch of clips available).

Frank Stöver

More VARIOUS ARTISTS reviews:
A Collection Of Noisymotions - by Edouard Vergriete
Afterparty Massacre - by Mindaugas 'Plix' Lapinskas
Altars Of Mad Death Vol. 1 - by Ramon Claassen
And In The Darkness Bind Them - A Summoning Tribute - by Matthias Auch
Berlin Extreme 2006 - by Tim Klöcker
Berlin Extreme 2007 / Vol. 2 - by Tim Klöcker
Better Undead Than Alive - by Ramon Claassen
Black Lotus Records DVD - Sampler - by Torsten Gründig
Brazilian Assault - by Frank Stöver
Century Media - Covering 20 Years Of Extremes - by Nathan Shapiro
Conqueror Of The Ibex Moon Vol. 1 - by Stefan Franke
Contaminated 5.0 - by Edouard Vergriete
Death Rules Supreme - A Tribute To Mortem - by Thomas Meyer
Death... Is Just The Beginning Vol. 6 - by Leif Jensen
Deathophobia Vol.VIII - by F.Cthulhu E.
Demonic Plague - Tribute To Death - by Leif Jensen
Don't Burn The Witch - A Heavy Speed Compilation - by Frank Stöver
Face Your Underground Vol.1 - by Frank Stöver
Face Your Underground Vol.2 - by Frank Stöver
Face Your Underground Vol.3 - by Frank Stöver
Face Your Underground Vol.4 - by Frank Stöver
Face Your Underground Vol.5 - by Frank Stöver
Fenriz Presents... The Best Of Old-School Black Metal - by Frank Stöver
From The Underground... For The Underground - A Tribute From The Hordes To Bathory - by Thomas Ehrmann
Grind Madness At The BBC - The Earache Peel Sessions - by Michael Tak
Hellbangers - Metal Forces - by Manolis A.
In The Eyes Of Death II - by Schenk
Keep It True - The Underground Kodex Compilation Vol. I - by Michael Tak
King Diamond Tribute - by Frank Stöver
Metal Inquisition Compilation - by Julian “Inquisitor of Metal” Nunez
Metal Mania 2008 - by Frank Stöver
Metal Message IV - by Matthias Auch
Metal On Metal - The 4th Crusade - by Luxi Lahtinen
Metal Reigns Supreme - by Stefan Franke
Monsters Of Death Vol.2 - by Frank Stöver
No Colours Records - 15 Years Jubileum Metal Attack Vol.1 - by Julián Núńez
Obscene Extreme 2003 - The DVD - by Michael Oelschlegel
Overload 2 - Tribute To Metallica - by Frank Stöver
Party.San Festival DVD 2006 - by Nhashi
Rage Of Achilles - Conquest For The Empire - by Frank Stöver
Reflections From The Abyss Chapter 1 - by Wes Rhodes
Relapse Singles Series Vol.3 - by Frank Stöver
Relapse Singles Series Vol.4 - by Frank Stöver
Relapse Singles Series Vol.5 - by Frank Stöver
Requiems Of Revulsion - A Tribute To Carcass - by Frank Stöver
Resurrected In Festering Slime - by Anders Peter Jřrgensen
Resurrected In Festering Slime - by Thomas Ehrmann
Revolution Calling! (+ DVD) - by Christoph Göbel
Rising Of Yog-Sothoth - Tribute To Thergothon - by Matthias Auch
Scream Forth Blasphemy - A Tribute To Morbid Angel - by Hacker
Seven Gates Of Horror - A Tribute To Possessed - by Frank Stöver
Speed Kills... Again - by Wes Rhodes
Spikefarm Sampler - by Nhashi
Strong As Steel - A Tribute To Anvil - by Angelica Jannone
Svartmetall Compilation 2001 - by Frank Stöver
Swedish Death Metal - by Julián Núńez
The Dead Pit Compilation - by Frank Stöver
The French Underground Series - by Christoph Göbel
The Plague / The First Cuts - by Frank Stöver
The Reaper Comes III - by Christoph Göbel
Thrashing Holocaust - by Frank Stöver
Tribute To RULSION - by Leonard Likas
Unforgotten Past - In Memory Of Chuck Schuldiner - by Ramon Claassen
Vates Noctes Compilation Vol. I - by Nhashi

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