Hallucino-Genetics [DVD] Review

artist: Primus date: 01/03/2006 category: compact discs
Primus: Hallucino-Genetics [DVD]
Release Date: November 16, 2004
The first concert DVD from Primus launches their new spin-off label, Frizzle Fry, Inc. Flimed at the last US show in June, 2004 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, this DVD captures the band at their live peak. The Hallucino-Genetics Tour this past summer culminated a year of hugely successful live performances for the original line-up of the band.
 Sound: 10
 Content: 7
 Production Quality: 10
 Overall Impression: 9
 Overall rating:
 9.4 
 Reviewer rating:
 9 
 Users rating:
 9.8 
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overall: 9
Hallucino-Genetics [DVD] Reviewed by: UtBDan, on january 03, 2006
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Sound: Primus' sound is, simply put, indescribable. They are so weird that when mp3s were created, tags were forced to have only one of about 120 genres; Primus genre was "Primus" and was the only band to get its very own label. They are that weird. If you haven't heard of them, you're the majority of people in the world. If you have, you're either a bassist or one weird muffin. This DVD was filmed in 2004 on Primus' first tour with the 'returning' lineup of Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde, and Tim Alexander. Les Claypool makes use of 2 of his Carl Thompson basses in this, and shows how he uses his awkward flamenco, slap, and whammying abilities through and through the DVD. It's a love or hate sound, but odds are if you've even heard of them, you'll love their sound. It's the mainstream crowd that has something to worry about. // 10

Overall Impression: If it were stolen, I'd buy another. They have another DVD, but I don't have it to compare. But even at that, the other DVD (Animals should not try to act like people) has all their music videos, not any live performances. This is the only live video performance Primus has ever released, and it would be the best collection of any sorts Primus has ever released if it had Tommy the Cat on it. If you're looking to get into Primus, is this a good starting point? Probably not. Some of the things Les says to the crowd or sings improvisationally may scare you (Skinny sold his hello dolly record to a truck driver, being a notable improvised lyric. If anyone can understand this, tell me. Because I don't. Fits the music perfectly, adds to the song {somehow}, and is great. But makes sense? Sane? No). If you want to see what a Primus show is like but don't live in the west coast of the United States and thereby get the shaft on most Primus tours, buy THIS. It's hard to think of it as a disappointment. // 9

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