Sound — 10
I think anyone who knows metal knows the story surrounding these four bands; Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer and Metallica have pioneered the development of metal music from the end of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement until today, so it was about time that they all got on stage together, and it was only fitting that they shared this conccert with the rest of the world. It doesn't dissappoint. The music itself is very well played; you can see why these bands have been going for almost thirty years. The recording is very good as well; the atmosphere of the crowd is fairly well captured, but what is most important (the music) is captured very clearly. Even Dave Mustaine's voice (which I often find unbearable) sounds pretty good, although it does get a bit whiney on "Hook In Mouth." All in all, a very well recorded metal concert.
Content — 10
For those of you who aren't familiar with it, the DVD features one hour sets of Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer, Metallica's two hour set, and a documentary lasting about 45 minutes showing what the various band members were doing leading up to the gig. The songs the were played were: Anthrax: 01. Caught in a Mosh 02. Got the Time 03. Madhouse 04. Indians 05. Be All, End All 06. Medusa 07. Antisocial 08. Only 09. Metal Thrashing Mad 10. I Am The Law Megadeth: 01. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due 02. Hangar 18 03. Wake Up Dead 04. Headcrusher 05. In My Darkest Hour 06. Skin O' My Teeth 07. A Tout Le Monde 08. Hook In Mouth 09. Trust 10. Sweating Bullets 11. Symphony Of Destruction 12. Peace Sells/Holy Wars Reprise Slayer: 01. World Painted Blood 02. Jihad 03. War Ensemble 04. Hate Worldwide 05. Beauty Through Order 06. Disciple 07. Seasons in the Abyss 08. Hell Awaits 09. Mandatory Suicide 10. Chemical Warfare 11. Raining Blood 12. Aggressive Perfector 13. South of Heaven 14. Silent Scream 15. Angel of Death Metallica: 01. Creeping Death 02. For Whom The Bell Tolls 03. Disposable Heroes 04. Harvester Of Sorrow 05. Fade To Black 06. That Was Just Your Life 07. Cyanide 08. Sad But True 09. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) 10. My Apocalypse 11. One 12. Master Of Puppets 13. Battery 14. Nothing Else Matters 15. Enter Sandman 16. Am I Evil (with Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer minus Kelly King) 17. Motorbreath 18. Seek and Destroy If you ask me, that's about as good a set list as you'll get at any concert. I might add a few notable performances: Got The Time (I'm not much of an Anthrax fan, but I thought their first few songs were pretty good.) Holy Wars, Hangar 18, and A Tout Le Monde are all played very well by Megadeth, and Raining Blood, as usual, is Slayer showing how good they are at thrashing. As far as Metallica goes, they were their usual mind-blowing self, but what stood out for me was Fade To Black. It was the best I've seen it played, and James taking his acoustic out to play it added another dimension to the music. Obviously the jam all the bands had together playing Am I Evil deserves a mention, even if Lars Ulrich was the only drummer with a proper kit. The documentary was also an interesting addittion; observing the lives of the rich and famous in their natural environment is always worth a watch, and the band members play along cooperatively, especially David Ellefson, who has cameras following him for most of the day. All in all, more than five hours of metal music with a nice little documentary, which combine to make a very good DVD.
Production Quality — 8
As you'd expect with these four bands, the production is as good as possible. The crowd is captured nicely, but the music is what you hear. It's a pretty no-frills production aside from the sound; the cameras just take the standard shots of the crowd, the long-shot of the stage, close-ups of the musicians at the appropriate times (which, in the case of Megadeth, is slightly ruined by the large amount of rainfall that occurred during their set, although it did enhance the effect of the stage lights). The production is solid, and it captures what is most important (the music) without trying to be too fancy with the camera-work.
Overall Impression — 9
I don't really know what to compare it to, seeing as there aren't many similar DVDs out there, and I certainly don't own any. Essentially, it's just a very good DVD of four very good metal bands. It's hard to single out one impressive feature. Seeing such a big, energetic crowd is always something I admire, and seeing these guys "do their thing" is always amazing. If this was stolen/lost/scratched/all of the above, I'd certainly do my best to get another copy; I have watched it more than once, listened to it more than I can count, and will continue to enjoy it. If you like thrash metal, I'd recommend this; it's certainly one of my favourite DVD/concerts.