Sound — 9
HAARP, the latest offering from the Devon Prog trio, captures the band during their 2-day stint at Wembley Stadium, on a tour supporting their last studio release 'Black Holes & Revelations'. Muse are famed for their live performances, and if you vindication was ever needed for this hype, then it's right here on these 2 discs! From the grandiose classical intro to the stunning guitar prowess of Matthew Bellamy, through to the immense atmosphere and amazing visual features, this shows a band at the top of their game, as unoriginal as that sounds. Over the top? Maybe. Absolutely brilliant? You bet!
Content — 8
As far as the setlist goes, it couldn't be that much better. Nearly all the fan favourites and Muse classics are in there, with some small suprises too. I was a little dissapointed that "Plug In Baby" wasn't featured in the CD, but its no biggy really. 01. Intro 02. Knights Of Cydonia 03. Hysteria 04. Supermassive Black Hole 05. Map Of The Problematique 06. Butterflies And Hurricanes 07. Hoodoo 08. Apocalypse Please 09. Feeling Good 10. Invincible 11. Starlight 12. Improvisation 13. Time Is Running Out 14. New Born 15. Soldier's Poem 16. Unintended 17. Blackout 18. Plug In Baby 19. Stockholm Syndrome 20. Take A Bow The DVD also contains a photo gallery of stills from the two Wembley dates. The special addition has backstage footage, extra photos and band member pictures. Aside from a full-on documentary, the content for this set is superb.
Production Quality — 9
The sound was mixed by Rich Costey (Audioslave, Nine Inch Nails, The Mars Volta), so obviously it is a very high standard. The camera angles are also very impressive, because not only do they capture the band's performance, but they manage to show the fans and the spectacular visuals to their full extent. Some highlights include the overhead view of blazing Wembley Stadium, and the acrobatics of a pair of trapeze artists suspended from balloons.
Overall Impression — 9
Muse have been climbing higher and higher on their quest for world domination, and this set surely shows them at their pinnacle. The only way you could better this experience is to catch them live the next time they tour. After watching this as a relative newbie to Muse material, I'm now fully convinced of their genius and will be making sure I buy tickets when they tour next! A must have for Muse fans and noobs like me alike.