The Poison: Live At Brixton Review

artist: Bullet for My Valentine date: 11/03/2008 category: dvd

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Bullet for My Valentine: The Poison: Live At Brixton
Release Date: December 19, 2006
The 140-minute DVD is a mesmerizing look at the Welsh band that has helped resurrect the guitar solo. The Poison draws you in pretty quickly and features a solid set of technical and likeable songs -- a killer combination.
 Sound: 8.3
 Content: 8.3
 Production Quality: 8.3
 Overall Impression: 8.5
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overall: 9
The Poison: Live At Brixton Reviewed by: UG Team, on january 05, 2007
7 of 8 people found this review helpful

Sound: Bullet For My Valentine has released a DVD the way it should always be done -- complete with a live performance, music videos, and behind-the-scenes footage. If there was any music DVD that could leave fans pleased, Bullet's The Poison: Live At Brixton would probably be the one. While there are a few areas that could have been improved, the band succeeds in the most important department: delivering a solid, memorable metal show. Filmed at London's Carling Academy Brixton on January 28, 2006, The Poison features a thorough set of the band's hits and runs about 140 minutes. Until you've seen Bullet live, you might not grasp how truly talented the Welsh band is. Each of the 13 songs in the live set features riffs that bring to mind Iron Maiden classics and solos that should make pretty much anyone want to learn how to play guitar. From the first solo in The Voice Resides, you're instantly put in awe at vocalist/guitarist Matthew Tuck's skills. Combining an infectious melody with a bit of tapping, Tuck executes every solo flawlessly. There are so many other notable moments in the set, it's hard to pick one out of the bunch. For example, in the opening of one song, Tuck surprises the Brixton audience with the news that it will be part of an upcoming DVD. The crowd goes wild and you instantly feel like you're a part of the show at that moment. Another memorable section comes toward the end of Cries In Vain in which guitarists Tuck and Michael Paget release a dead-on guitar harmony for the breakdown. The mosh pit goes in full motion and it's just a beautiful scene. The only area that could have been improved upon was the mixing of the vocals. When Tuck sings -- not screams -- over the distorted guitars, they tend to get swallowed up just a bit. There is no problem at all when the softer, cleaner guitars come into the picture, however, or even when he screams over the distortion. It should be said that the music is so powerful that even a slight mixing problem doesn't really throw the show off at all. If fans haven't seen Bullet live yet, the DVD comes in a close second to the real thing. // 9

Content: Although the show at Brixton is the must-see portion of the DVD, there are still plenty of other highlights. The Poison also features 5 videos, including Hand Of Blood, 4 Words (To Choke Upon), and Tears Don't Fall. It's nice to see a band include music videos on the same DVD with it's live show rather than just wait 6 months to cash in on another DVD. There is a section called Documentaries/EPKS, which you might presume is more of a biography or day-in-the-life of the band. While you might be able to call it behind-the-scenes, there is little information that is revealed along the way. It's more of a videography, with music playing over the various scenes showing the band. You'll get to see Bullet take photos with fans and sitting down for interviews, but little is said. A few snippets from interviews are edited into the mix, but we're talking very, very few words. While it is somewhat of a disappointment, Bullet has still taken a lot of effort to put together a variety of bonus material. The final extra comes in the form of Bullet TV, which is basically more behind-the-scenes footage. This time around, however, the band is given their own cameras to videotape nights on the town, adoring fans, and themselves getting extremely wasted. It's an amusing addition to the DVD and fans should find it entertaining. // 10

Production Quality: The one major issue with The Poison is the footage of the Brixton concert. While there were plenty of different camera angles used and the most of the guitar solos were given full attention, there were other times when intense moments onstage were just ignored. Instead, a camera at the very back of the concert hall shot the light show seen if you were in the back row -- and you couldn't even see the little figures of the band when this happened. Time and time again this happened at the last 5 to 10 seconds of the song, a time when a lot of people might want to see that final smash of a drumhead or strum of a guitar. At other times, poor bassist/vocalist Jason James could only be seen as a fuzzy image during his screaming parts. The same thing happened to Tuck in one song as well, and it just is more distracting than anything. In the end it didn't ruin the performance, but just a little tweaking of the cameras could have made it a perfect live show for home viewers. // 8

Overall Impression: Bullet For My Valentine has been one of the leaders in resurrecting guitar solos, and it's fantastic to see some of that shredding live onstage. Fans will not be disappointed by The Poison: Live At Brixton, particularly if they missed seeing solos up-close and personal at previous concerts. Even though the cameras were not always on mark, they did give great attention to the solos. As DVDs go, The Poison draws you in pretty quickly and features a solid set of technical and likeable songs -- a killer combination. If you're not such much into the metalcore-screaming genre, fear not. The guitars are so vibrant on the DVD that you'll be able forgive the voices easily. And that's talent for you. // 9

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overall: 8.3
The Poison: Live At Brixton Reviewed by: BFMVxx, on november 03, 2008
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: This a truly an awesome metal concert. From the very start of the concert to the end the sound is amazing. This really shows the skill that this band has. It is almost a exact copy of the album played live, except for added parts. The mixing for it could have been a bit better. Sometimes you can barely hear the vocals when the guitars are plating heavy. That was pretty much the only problem with the sound. // 8

Content: The live show of this DVD is most of 'The Poison' songs and a few from their EP, including 'Hand Of Blood' and 'No Control'. The whole concert is on, from the minute they walk on till when they walk off, no breaks or anything. There's also a lot of behind the scenes stuff. A lot of it is kinda pointless with not much info being told, but there's enough to keep you interested. This DVD also features 5 music videos of Bullets including 'All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)' and 'Tears Don't Fall'. There's a lot of random band stuff, music playing over clips of them. Interviews and some songs being played live. Most of the content is great buy a lot is rather boring and dull. // 8

Production Quality: Although this has awesome camera shots, they sometimes miss the good parts. The guitar solos were filmed a lot, you can see what notes are played and that's all that is in focus when the solos are on. Sometimes when the camera was moving, it would blur the band members, making you miss there parts, like screaming parts etc. It was quite annoying with the camera also moving so often, with you not being able to focus on one member at a time. But once you get use to it you enjoy it. // 8

Overall Impression: The very start of this DVD is the most impressive. Just after 'Intro' has finished and the band members are on stage, they start playing 'Her Voice Resides'. It feels like there is so much power there. The drums, guitar and screaming all going at once, with a impressive display of fire, and camera angles makes this the best part. The show was the best content on it, but the music videos were a added bonus. Some of the other stuff could have been improved, but it was good to have some behind the scenes stuff on Bullet. I was impressed by this first DVD from Bullet, and I would buy it again if I had to, it is worth it. // 9

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overall: 9.3
The Poison: Live At Brixton Reviewed by: D3V1AT1ON, on april 27, 2007
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: The sound quality on this live DVD is amazing and sounds almost exactly like the CD. Jay and Matt's vocals link up together perfectly and the riffs behind it are explosive. I think that when they play live they are more raw than on the CD and their stage prescence is astonishing considering that they only have an EP and one album to their name. // 10

Content: The live set and the music videos are all awesome but the documentaries are often pointless and ramble on a bit. Also, they have the whole set on it, not just the best songs which is good because often these DVD's have just the songs that went well for the band on the night. // 8

Production Quality: The production quality is good, just the documentaries should have been cut down a bit at some Points.Also, the menu's are pretty cool with the gunshot and stuff, nothing special but they are something which has been done well. // 9

Overall Impression: This DVD is definately worth getting. The most impressive part of the DVD it 'Just Another Star' during the live set. It actually sounds better than on their EP. I love the fact that there is so much there and that none of the live set's been cut out. I hate some of the documentaries, I know I keep on about them but some of them are repeated and rambling. If I lost it or someone stole it, I would definately buy it again. // 10

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overall: 6.8
The Poison: Live At Brixton Reviewed by: guitargeek747, on july 10, 2007
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: Having seen BFMV four or five times before travelling to Brixton for the Kerrang! 2006 tour, I knew roughly what to expect. To be honest, they aren't the most exciting band live, but they're not the least. However, despite hardly being able to remember the night, I got a second chance at seeing the gig when I found out it was to be released on DVD. Straight away from the dvd, I gathered a basic, average BFMV performance, nothing special, and this seemed to carry on throughout the gig. However, my spirits were lifted when I found myself looking at me drunk, in the second row, screaming along to no control. Rather funny, but if you weren't lucky enough to see yourself on the dvd, it was pretty average stuff. // 6

Content: On the main chunk of the DVD (the actual gig), BFMV seem to be aiming the music at both older and newer fans, with hits such as 'All these things I hate...' entertaining the tons of newer fans and original songs such as 'No Control' and 'Just another Star' fuelling the older fans in the crowd. A setlist all would be happy with. There is extra content on the DVD with many backstage documentaries and even clips from Download festival, which impressed and amused me for a few minutes. The 'Bullet TV' however, I found boring and it all seemed to be filler material for the DVD. The addition of the videos of 'Hand of Blood' and '4 words (to choke upon)' videos along with the released videos from 'The Poison' album are great for the fans, but the special features seem more aimed at newer fans, rather than fans that appreciated their older work more. Nevertheless, still some good features all round. // 7

Production Quality: Production tricks are not widely used in this dvd, but I rate that as a good thing as a live concert should be left as it was seen on the night. The atmosphere is not portrayed on the DVD with the charisma the gig actually seemed to have, but then again, what live DVD ever does? Not really a big flaw, just if you want the atmosphere, buy a ticket instead. // 8

Overall Impression: Personally, I believe that BFMV used the DVD to cash in on some new-found fame, and despite the certain songs for the older fans, it stinks of a cash in, aimed at the fans just getting into BFMV. I was impressed at the amount of special features on the DVD and the actual gig itself wasn't bad, but whole DVD seems mediocre and a bit too 'live dvd' routine overall. Overall, if you went, buy it as a memento, if your an over, addictive fan, possibly buy it as a add on to the albums, but if you're just the average BFMV fan, I'd save your money and wait until the next album comes out, or better yet, buy a better-than-average live DVD. I reccommend Motley Crue's 'Carnival of Sins' or RATM's 'Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium', but live dvd's aren't usually all that good and this is no exception. // 6

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