Guns, God And Government - Live In L.A. [DVD] Review

artist: Marilyn Manson date: 03/04/2011 category: compact discs
Marilyn Manson: Guns, God And Government - Live In L.A. [DVD]
Release Date: November 17, 2009
Even if youre not a fan of Marilyn Manson, his latest Blu-ray release Guns, God, & Government will likely keep you more than a little mesmerized.
 Sound: 9.5
 Content: 9
 Production Quality: 9.5
 Overall Impression: 9.5
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overall: 8.8
Guns, God And Government - Live In L.A. [DVD] Reviewed by: UG Team, on december 17, 2009
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Sound: After watching the latest Blu-ray release Guns, God, & Government: Live In L.A., one thing becomes even more obvious than before: Marilyn Manson is just as much of a visual artist as he is a musical frontman. While recorded versions of songs like Sweet Dreams and Beautiful People have remained true to the creepiness that Manson delivers in person, it's not until you see the vocalist's live show that you fully recall why the controversial artist came to prominence in the first place. Guns, God, & Government, which was originally released as straightforward DVD release back in 2002 and featured a variety of footage taken during the world tour of the same name, now has been upgraded to Blu-ray quality and features the Los Angeles show in its entirety. Manson has an uncanny ability to jam-pack his shows with a variety of strange, sometimes disturbing imagery. When you see the L.A. show from top to bottom, it's easier to have an appreciation all of the work that goes into the making of a Manson show. Costume changes are par for the course, and you'll see the vocalist don everything from a Pope's vestment (The Love Song) to a dictator's outfit (Antichrist Superstar) and even looks somewhat tarred and/or oiled in the final song Lunchbox. One of the most dramatic visuals arrives in Crucifiction In Space, which features those creepy-looking monster stilts covered by a dramatic black robe as seen in the Beautiful People video. You really can't complain about Manson's stage show in terms of novelty and/or keeping the audience's interest. The camera's shots of the audience shows a group of devoted Manson followers, singing every word to every song, and often providing their own lewd reactions (check out the extras to get the full extent). Musically, the hour-and-a-half live show is packed with all of Manson's most well-known hits, including Beautiful People, Sweet Dreams, The Dope Show, and The Fight Song. It's more likely than not that Manson was lip-synching during a good portion of the show and this fact may piss some fans off, but it never is overly distracting. The stage show relies just as much on the stellar lineup of guitarist John 5, bassist Twiggy Ramirez, drummer Ginger Fish, and then-keyboardist Madonna Wayne Gacy, all musicians who match the energy and drama of Manson. // 9

Overall Impression: Whether or not you're a fan of the consistently intriguing Manson, you'll still likely find yourself pretty mesmerized by Guns, God, & Government. It's true that many people probably have greater expectations for his stage show (given all his past antics and visually disturbing music videos), and he does an efficient job in the end. The vocals might not be 100 percent live, but the instrumentation is still incredibly vibrant and it does appear/sound that John 5 and the gang's music is not canned. The bonus video might appall/shock/annoy some of you out there, but that is probably Manson's end goal anyway. // 9

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overall: 10
Guns, God And Government - Live In L.A. [DVD] Reviewed by: twiggz33, on march 04, 2011
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Sound: The sound is great. Its' loud, has a good balance of bass and treble, the mic sounds good, everything sounds good. One thing I love about the sound on this DVD is that you can actually hear the bass unlike most other live concert dvd's. One reason I love that is because twiggy is no doubt my favorite bassist of all time. He kicks ass haha. The only thing that affects the sound is that it's dubbed. // 10

Overall Impression: This DVD doesn't compare to others I've seen in the past. It is AMAZING. I love the whole entire thing. Every single song is great and I can't stop watching it. It is f--king awesome. I'm glad I spent the extra money on this blu-ray. If it were stolen or lost, I would DEFINATELY buy this again. // 10

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