Alkaline Trio - Halloween At The Metro Review

artist: Alkaline Trio date: 02/10/2009 category: dvd

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Alkaline Trio: Alkaline Trio - Halloween At The Metro
Release Date: August 5, 2003
Chicago's own Alkaline Trio give a special hometown Halloween performance at the Metro, backed by the very people that know them best, the true fans.
 Sound: 8.5
 Content: 7
 Production Quality: 8
 Overall Impression: 8
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overall: 7.5
Alkaline Trio - Halloween At The Metro Reviewed by: NaturalMonster, on october 16, 2006
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: As the DVD starts you see an image of the upside down cross as Matt Skiba opens up the set with the awesome chords of their song "Hell Yes" a guaranteed crowd pleaser. All of their songs are flawlessly executed throughout the entire set. Minor word changes in some songs show a slight improvement. They even utilize the crowd in the song, "Nose Over Tail", pausing for a brief moment allowing the audience a chance to sing. Very good sound all the way to the ending with the striking notes of "'97" that sent them out in a cloud of smoke. // 9

Content: The DVD is a live concert recorded October 31, 2002 at The Metro in the Alkaline Trio's hometown of Chicago, Illinois. It is episode 4 in Kung Fu Films "The Show Must Go Off!" series. The set list consisted of 19 songs that would span all of Alkaline Trio's full length CDs up until that point and a couple that were not released in those albums. Bonus features on the DVD include a multi-angle video of "Mr. Chainsaw", trailers and previews of other Kung Fu Films releases, a photo gallery, other bonus footage, and band commentary. Although enjoyable, the commentary was disappointing due to the absence of Matt Skiba. There was a somewhat lack of good bonus features as well as subtitles on this DVD. // 6

Production Quality: The production was decent the audio quality of the concert was satisfactory although the video taping was literally done by amateurs. One of the cameras was smudgy and unclear the whole set. The video effects and lighting was well done. The footage editing was good also. // 7

Overall Impression: Matt Skiba, Dan Andriano, and Derek Grant come together on Halloween night 2002 for an amazing show in their home town of Chicago. Alkaline Trio fans would not be disappointed by their performance. Despite some minor flaws in the DVD itself Alkaline Trio: Halloween At The Metro is something a true Alk3 fan needs. // 8

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overall: 8.3
Alkaline Trio - Halloween At The Metro Reviewed by: PoshBoy, on february 10, 2009
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: A collection of greatest hits (up to that time) played live with some after concert production. Alkaline Trio is starting to toy with the idea of a stage show and not just a band that is playing some songs on stage. They kept the macaw feel by dressing up as vampire priest, which I found a nice touch. The music didn't deviate from the albums which I kind of wished it had. One of the fun parts of going to a concert is having the story of how different the sound was compared to what everyone is hearing. // 8

Content: As said before this was a live performance played in their hometown of Chicago. The crowd welcomes their band with open arms and sang every note of every song. Playing hits form Goddamit, From Here to the Infirmary, and their self titled album. The set list is fun and your kept excited by Matt Skiba's stage presence and the cut always of the crowd going clinically insane. The DVD offers some extras and exclusive interviews that the hardcore fans will enjoy. // 8

Production Quality: This DVD was very interesting because it show's the band as they are growing more and more popular. So you get some of the Do It Yourself (DIY) feel with preofesional quality. The friends of the band are the ones who set up the stage and give the element of a dark party that everyone will embark upon. I enjoyed feeling like an insider during the production of this DVD. // 9

Overall Impression: This DVD is without a doubt a must have. It has blended the essential punk elements with professional quality. When these to ingredients are together it causes a creative attraction hard to compare. There is a poppiness and trendiness to the DVD that some die-hard punks may shun, but I found it entertaining and bring it with me on all my trips. I recommend watching this in a darkened room to maximize the effect of the video. After all, it is titled Halloween. // 8

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