The Last Supper: Live At The Hammerstein Ballroom [DVD] Review

artist: Coheed and Cambria date: 04/02/2007 category: compact discs
Coheed and Cambria: The Last Supper: Live At The Hammerstein Ballroom [DVD]
Release Date: October 31, 2006
It's easy to understand why fans shown in the DVD proclaim Coheed And Cambria's concert a life-changing experience.
 Sound: 9.5
 Content: 8
 Production Quality: 8.5
 Overall Impression: 9.5
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overall: 8.8
The Last Supper: Live At The Hammerstein Ballroom [DVD] Reviewed by: UG Team, on november 15, 2006
4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Sound: In Coheed And Cambria's latest DVD The Last Supper, it's all about the climax. The live concert performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom marks the last DVD release with now former members Michael Todd (bass) and Josh Eppard (drums), and it's one that they should undoubtedly be proud of in the long run. The hour-and-a-half stage show will undoubtedly please diehard Coheed And Cambria fans, but everyone will be a believer by the last number. If you're only familiar with singles like The Suffering from Coheed And Cambria (rounded out by vocalist/guitarist Claudio Sanchez and guitarist Travis Stever), then you're missing out on one of the most innovative concept bands today. If you ask one of the band's fans, he or she will likely give you a descriptive rundown of what can also be found in accompanying comic book The Bag On-Line Adventures of Coheed And Cambria. But aside from the rich plotline in their songs featuring characters like Claudio, Mariah, and Apollo, the actual band is full of phenomenal musicians. The Last Supper allows you to go beyond the singles and see how the band harkens back to the days of Pink Floyd's The Wall. The first-half of the DVD is captivating in terms of the playing, although the vocals do tend to get overshadowed by the mixing. If you don't already know the lyrics to songs like The Crowing or Blood Red Summer, then you probably won't know them by the end of your viewing either. This is unfortunate because Sanchez's voice is one of the most distinctive in rock. While the vocal delivery is still effectively passionate, it is tough at times to make out every word on the DVD. This problem actually allows the guitar work to take center stage during the concert, which is a blessing in disguise. If there is one thing that really makes Coheed And Cambria's concert powerful, it is the dual guitar work between Sanchez and Stever. Be sure not to fast-forward through Ten Speed (Of God's Blood & Burial) because that number has almost a nostalgic Iron Maiden feel to it. The pinnacle of the show comes in the finale, The Willing Will Iv: The Final Cut, an improvisational jam session of sorts that is entertaining from start to end. Stever's big moment comes when he goes Frampton on the audience and uses a talkbox during the first portion of the track. Then it's Sanchez's turn in the spotlight. In the remaining minutes of the song, Sanchez uses a violin bow (Jimmy Page-like) on his Gibson, plays a behind his head, and then proceeds to lay down a beautiful, emotional solo that stands firmly on it's own. While most of the other songs are fairly straightforward in their execution, it is this number that will probably create plenty of new Coheed And Cambria fans. // 9

Overall Impression: When fans in the DVD proclaim that the Coheed And Cambria show was a life-changing experience, it's easy to understand why. Front the moment that the band takes the stage, the music is intense and intricate. While the band is not running around stage the whole time or doing on-stage antics, the musical execution makes up for it in full. It would have been great to see a little bit more of the behind-the-scenes chats with other members of the band as well as Claudio, but the director does allow the stage show to be given the attention it deserves. It will be interesting to see the direction of the band after losing Michael Todd and Josh Eppard, but Sanchez and Stever have a chemistry (that is evident on The Last Supper) that will likely weather the storm just fine. // 9

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overall: 9
The Last Supper: Live At The Hammerstein Ballroom [DVD] Reviewed by: Mask_of_Terror, on april 02, 2007
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: I feel that Coheed and Cambria's sound if far different from the mainstream sound in the charts today. Their style has progressed since their last few albums but, in my opinion, they still contain the same feel to it. Their songs have a progressive feel to them but still sound quite punky (especially in their earlier songs) and I feel this DVD shows the whole spectrum of Coheeds and Cambria. // 10

Overall Impression: I love this DVD. Coheed and Cambria are a great band live and I'd prefer to listen to the live version of the songs over the album versions. If it were stolen or lost I would buy go hunt down the punk who stole it and hit him with some mouldy cheese! Or buy a new one. // 10

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