The Concert [DVD] Review

artist: Roadrunner United date: 12/10/2008 category: compact discs
Roadrunner United: The Concert [DVD]
Released: Dec 9, 2008
25 years of Roadrunner metal history played out on a blistery night in December 2005. This DVD captures moments we will never be able see again and allows those not fortunate enough to have caught the whole live spectacle at the Nokia Theater in midtown New York City the chance to witness things second hand.
 Sound: 8
 Content: 9
 Production Quality: 9
 Overall Impression: 9
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The Concert [DVD] Reviewed by: UG Team, on december 10, 2008
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Sound: Those who produced this event were dispatched with a tall order! It's an arduous task to have dozens of musicians performing a range of songs by artists signed to the Roadrunner label throughout the company's 25-year, impressive headbanging history and make the whole thing sound cohesive! To Roadrunner's, the sound board operator's and the videographer's credit, Roadrunner United The Concert will transport those who were at the event to that chilly December night! For those who weren't lucky enough to attend the concert, this transforms the event from a "you had to be there" concert that was never going to be released in DVD format to "you're going to curse yourself for not figuring out a way to have been there!" once you cycle through and watch all the performances and guest stars! Throughout the night, former Fear Factor guitarist Dino Cazares, Machine Head bassist Adam Duce, Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser, Soulfly/Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga, and Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison performed in some incarnation as the core, house band, serving a variety of singers and players who came out to perform on Roadrunner classics. It's a complicated concept, but for any self-respecting metalhead, it was a night where labels, associations and feuds were stripped away in favor of celebrating songs that are an indelible part of the heavy metal canon. // 8

Overall Impression: Again, it was a massive feat and quite an undertaking for Roadrunner to assemble artists from the course of its history to perform each other's songs. It's such a pleasure to see everyone bury any hatchets and just immerse themselves in the history of a label that wrote many chapters in the heavy metal history book. But at the end of the day, it was a concert about what was happening on stage and in the moment, with musicians exhibiting chemistry and the ability to adapt to one another's sonic repertoires. // 9

- Amy Sciarretto (c) 2008

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