Live recordings are in my view bloody difficult to review. The
factors that make the live concert fantastic are not present when you sit there
in your own livingroom in your comfy chair, completely in control of the sound
level and everything around you.
Only when you've seen the band live, you know what they stand for, and not just
what a clever cameraman and producer has done for them.
In the case of Saltatio Mortis, I have been there. And it is a fond memory of a
late-night gig on the WET stage at Wacken, a slightly muddy night, but one that
was made very pleasant by the tunes of Saltatio Mortis. Saltatio Mortis are not
as big as their fellow Germans In Extremo, but they definitely have a crowd and
the entertainment factor is almost just as high.
They throw French, German, English and Scandinavian folklore and Middle Ages
stories into one big pan and fry it up - adding a rock sauce to put in
that extra flavour. The result is not always pretty, but it IS entertaining and
there's not much else to do than just dance and enjoy it.
This is not Live After Death or Rush's Live in Rio, but it's a fine offer for
someone who wants an introduction to one of the many subgenres of metal and
hardrock. Well-worth a listen.