I think it is because we are just one of the many metal webzines that we almost
never get the real DVD with pictures but only the music on mp3. Nevertheless I
couldn't let this one slip by and perhaps only listening to the music is even
better. You can only guess how it looks and having seen the band Anthrax
live, I just close my eyes and enjoy the ride.
I saw the band for the first time in 1987! That was the famous Aardschok
festival in Zwolle, along with Metallica, Metal Church, Celtic Frost, Crimson
Glory and Laaz Rockit (almost a perfect line-up at that time) on the bill. At
that age I hadn't seen a lot of bands live yet, so besides Metallica and Metal
Church, Anthrax made a big impression on me as well. The movement on stage was
most impressive, I can't think of a band that used the podium more than
Anrthrax. The constant running and moshing around of the members and the song
Indians with Joey and the feathers on his head. Without the pictures of the DVD I still see
them running around and that says a lot, because I don't remember a lot other
thinks happening in 1987.
This live concert was filmed at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago on 10 May,
2013. The first thing that I notice is that the audience sings a-long on every
song and I don't know if that is put in front with the mixing, or if that is
actually how the concert was. Not that it makes any difference, because it gives
the songs a real live feeling and on top of that, the songs are executed well by
the band. In general I am not that fond of live CD's because the original songs
are almost always better, especially the vocal performances. There are only 2
live albums I can think of that are really good and sound as good as the
original recordings. Judas Priest - 'Unleashed in the East' and Slayer
with their 'Decade of Aggression'. This live performance can not compete with
either of them, but the executions of the songs on the CD are quite o.k.
Sure you miss some songs you also wanted on an live album, like 'Gung Ho' or a song
of the debut album (instead of an AC/DC cover), but you can't have it all. On
the DVD you find some 'on the road' stuff and interviews in between the songs
and the only track that is not on the 2CD but only on DVD is "March of the
Every fan of the band will be happy with this DVD/2CD because already without the
pictures it is satisfying.