Sound: After a 10 year hiatus, metal giants Metallica returned to Mexico City for a three night stint in front of 155, 000 rabid fans. The result is the live album Orgullo, Pasiуn y Gloria: Tres Noches en la Ciudad de Mйxico, or Pride, Passion and Glory: Three Nights In Mexico City. While originally released exclusively in Latin America, the DVD is now available in North America. The album was released in various formats, including the regular, single disc DVD, as well as the 2-disc special edition featuring an audio version of one of the shows. This review will document the DVDs featured in deluxe package.
The band sound as tight as ever. Frontman James Hetfield's singing is on top form, while his rhythm picking is as good as it's ever been. Kirk Hammett's solos vary from frantic to beautiful, while Rob Trujillo's crushing bass and Lars Ulrich's pounding bass drum complete the rhythm section. The band is almost flawless throughout the album, and while it is obvious that the band's sound and style has changed throughout their lengthy career, it's not hard to see why these four are still the titans of metal 30 years on. // 9
Content: The first disc of the concert features the standard Metallica setlist from their recent "World Magnetic Tour", with older tracks like "Creeping Death" and "One", as well as some of their newer material such as "Broken, Beat & Scarred" and "All Nightmare Long". More standards include "Master of Puppets" and "Nothing Else Matters". The band perfectly blend the old with the new, and their massive shows never make the songs drag on. While most of the songs on the first disc are similar to the ones found on their DVD "Franзais Pour Une Nuit", it does also feature some rare performances, including "Disposable Heroes", "Fight Fire with Fire" and "Hit the Lights".
In between songs, the DVD also features the occasional clip of Metallica's Mexican fans, as well as short interviews with the band on returning to Fora Sol for the first time in 10 years. For some, it might take away some of the energy of the music, but it does give a nice glimpse into the enormous impact that Metallica has all over the world.
While Disc 1 may be more of the same for most Metallica fans, the live album's second disc makes this package well worth the extra 10 dollars. The second half of "Mexico City" does feature a few songs from "Death Magnetic", but is mostly comprised of songs the band doesn't usually play live. Songs like "No Remorse", "Holier Than Thou", "Dyers Eve" and "Blackened" make their way to the stage, as well as covers of "Turn the Page" and "The Prince". However, the real highlights are a slowed down, double-bass heavy rendition of "Trapped Under Ice" and the seldom-heard "...And Justice For All". Overall, it was a great show, with plenty of fan favourites and live staples to please every Metallica fan. // 9
Production Quality: As with all Metallica live albums, the production quality is great. The band's good friend Wayne Isham is once again manning the cameras, where he gets some great shots of the band and, of course, the fans. The energy of Metallica's live show is excellently displayed, with plenty of pyrotechnics and solo shots for every member of the band. The audio quality is equally good. Everybody can be heard well throughout the DVD, and in 5.1 surround sound. The guitars are just as crushing as they are at the show, and Lars' double bass is always in the mix (a major complaint from recordings on the band's LiveMetallica recordings). The vocals sound clear, and the bass is thumping throughout. All this allows the viewer to see, as well as hear, what make Metallica the most successful heavy metal band in the world. // 9
Overall Impression: With Orgullo, Pasiуn y Gloria: Tres Noches en la Ciudad de Mйxico, Metallica have managed to blend the fantastic production quality of "Cunning Stunts" with the ferocity of songs from "Live Sh*t: Binge and Purge". It has plenty of new, and plenty of old to please the fans, without sounding like a tribute band to themselves. "Mexico City" is a definite purchase for any fan of the band is, and, love 'em or hate 'em, yet another example of the monster that is Metallica. // 9