Sound: Back in March, the Toronto quintet Silverstein booked four nights at their hometown's legendary El Mocambo. The band played their entire discography, with one album played in its entirety each night, while the band brought their friend and director Robby Starbuck along to film the whole thing. The result is the live CD/DVD, entitled "Decade". While the CD is simply an audio version of what can be found on the DVD (although I will mention that the audio quality is nothing special for a live album; it's exactly what you'd expect), albeit with a few extra songs on the CD, this review will focus solely on the DVD portion of the package.
Unlike Coheed and Cambria's concert DVD released early last year, "Decade" does not feature the four concerts in their entirety. Instead, the band hand-picked a "best of" for the DVD, ultimately finishing with the 17 (22 for the CD) best songs from those four shows. Also, the band has occasionally placed short vignettes in between songs, which discuss the band's lyrics, as well as album concepts and being on the road. Some will think that this takes away from the energy the band display onstage, but it does offer a nice glimpse into the lives of the band members. Overall, the DVD does not offer anything new or original to live albums in general, but it is definitely a must have for fans of the band, and at an average price of 15$ for the package, it's hard to say no. // 8
Overall Impression: Overall, "Decade (Live in the El Mocambo)" is a pretty solid release from a band that has grown from emotional teens into one of Canada's top post-hardcore acts. While it doesn't offer anything extraordinary (except maybe the super cheap price), it perfectly showcases the band doing what they love. A great celebration of a decade as a band, "Decade" is a must have for any fan of the band. // 8