Elegies Review

artist: Machine Head date: 01/28/2008 category: dvd

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Machine Head: Elegies
Release Date: October 11, 2005
This DVD has some of the best live footage ever caught on film. The performance was intense and full of energy. Perfect set list, and performed perfectly by the best metal band perhaps in history.
 Sound: 9.5
 Content: 8
 Production Quality: 9
 Overall Impression: 9.5
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overall: 10
Elegies Reviewed by: narmi, on october 22, 2005
5 of 6 people found this review helpful

Sound: Well, there is only one person on this site that is qualified to review this DVD, that is: this Machine Head DVD, Machine Head's first ever DVD. Following their split with Roadrunner US after the release of Supercharger, things did not look good for Machine Head, not good at all. Many fans, critics and even the band themselves were in fear of the worst: the end of Machine Head as we knew it. Everyone's worst fear came true, it was the end. Machine Head took time out to re-evaluate their position in the metal world. Starting from scratch or letting the band fade into oblivion were the only two options. Luckily for us, they chose the former. Taking time out really helped Rob Flynn and the others think about a new direction, a more metal direction. Yes, Supercharger and The Burning Red were nu metal albums and did not live up to Burn My Eyes or The More Things Change. So, the long and gruelling writing and recording process began. The album: Through The Ashes Of Empires was released in Europe. The response? Overwhelming. Machine Head were back on top and this DVD is further proof of that fact. This DVD was delayed many times, but it finally came out, the wait was most definately worth it. The sound is perfect, it catches the true essence of a Machine Head show. Every track is played to perfection with no faults or cuts. This, is what Machine Head is all about. // 10

Content: A full live concert and plenty of other footage to keep the Machine Head fans happy. To be honest, I would have been happy with just the concert, thats how teriffic Machine Head are. The videos of Imperium, The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears and Days Turn Blue to Grey are all included with a 'making of' for each of the videos. The making of TTAOE is also included - a must see for any metal fan. Set list: 01. Intro 02. Imperium 03. Seasons Wither 04. Old 05. Bulldozer 06. Days Turn Blue To Gray 07. The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears 08. Ten Ton Hammer 09. The Burning Red 10. In The Presence Of My Enemies 11. Take My Scars 12. Descend The Shades Of Night 13. Davidian 14. Block 15. Outro Satisifed? Yes. Blood For Blood would have been unbelievable but hey, you can't have everything. Highlights: Imperium, an epic rendition of The Burning Red and Descend The Shades of Night and of course the brutal - Davidian. // 10

Production Quality: The production is pretty interesting. For Imperium and a couple of other tracks there is a very raw/old school type of effect used on screen. Thankfully the whole concert isn't like that, but it does add to the DVD. // 10

Overall Impression: Now how does this superb DVD compare to others I have in my extensive collection? To be honest, it is easily the best music DVD I have ever seen and I don't think it will be beaten. It destroys anything Metallica have released (yes, even Live Shit In Seattle), Slayer's War At The Warfield cannot even be compared to it. This of course makes sense, for Machine Head are all about the live show, hence why they have completed two world tours since the release of TTAOE. From The Omen (intro tape) to the 'F--k It All' of Block: this DVD delivers crushing brutality. Rob Flynn: we Machine Head fans salute you and cannot wait for the next album. Oh and please, no one steal it: I have waited long enough for the release of Elegies. // 10

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overall: 8
Elegies Reviewed by: iammetal, on january 18, 2006
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: This DVD had many fans excited for the release, as well as me. When I had seen the live video they choose to release as a teaser, I was thrilled. The sound is great, its not bad at all. It really shows the bands talents, and devotion to music. // 9

Content: It has its share of songs, most of which were from older albums (disapointed me some), the "making" of three of their more recent music videos (not live), as well as the those videos, and of course the story fast-forewarded to when they were screwed by Roadrunner America (when they lost band members and lost their label) to present day. But they did not deliver however when I was hopeing for more footage from previous shows, and other music videos. It's a great DVD for more of the hardcore MH fans. // 6

Production Quality: The quality is great, nothing to complain about. Cool menus and so on. // 9

Overall Impression: It's their first DVD if I'm not mistaken, and compared to other artist's DVD's like Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage, and ect. It's not packed as full as I had hoped it would be. The songs are amazing, great quality, and playing as well. I love the quality, but I wasn't impressed with the set list. I would not replace it if anything were to happen to it, and I would only reccomend it for the hardcore MH fans who bang their head whenever their music enters their skull. // 8

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overall: 8.3
Elegies Reviewed by: unregistered, on march 24, 2006
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: Whoa, this DVD was well worth the wait. Machine Head have put off doing a DVD for some time, but this is outstanding - a full live concert (recorded at London Brixton Academy in December 2004)? Yes please! As expected, Machine Head ain't gonna hold anything back - their heavy riffs and ear splitting solos are all here, including some old favourites that many won't have heard for awhile (Block, anyone). // 9

Content: The DVD features a full live concert, with optional tour footage in between, music videos for The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears, Imperium and Days Turn Blue To Gray (also with bonus footage) and a documentry on the making of Through The Ashes Of Empires, which talks about the hardships between Machine Head and Roadrunner Records and times between the critically-acclkaimed Supercharger and TTAOE. But thats it. Slightly disappointing, they could've included much more. // 6

Production Quality: Not much to say about this really, flashy lights and pyro, good music videos and recording quality. // 8

Overall Impression: This is an absolutely fantastic DVD, and any self-respecting Machine Head fan would buy a copy as soon as possible! The only bad thing about it is that there isn't enough content to last. But if you like your Machine Head, buy this as soon as you can! // 10

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overall: 9.8
Elegies Reviewed by: KTFM, on january 28, 2008
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: Machine Head are known as one of the best live acts in modern metal, and this is a perfect example of their expertise. They seem to effortlessly play all their classic anthems from Burn My Eyes through TTAOE and get the crowd worked up in seconds. Machine Head delayed the creation of a DVD until they felt they were ready for it and had the right resources to make a good quality DVD for their fans, well, it certainly paid off. // 10

Content: The DVD features a full concert at London's Brixton Academy in front of a crowd of 5, 000+ crazed MH fans, as well as having small breaks in the concert where it will flick over to a tour mini-doco type of scene, taking you into the tour bus and showing a Machine Head kareoke competition. Bonus features include commercial videos + the making of each and interviews. The set list is as follows: 01. Imperium - a fast paced opener from TTAOE. 02. Seasons Wither - an older song with a slow section from. 03. Old - a classic from Burn My Eyes. 04. Bulldozer - a song from Supercharger. 05. Days Turn Blue To Gray - a crunchy song with lyrics concerning family issues from TTAOE. 06. The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears - a fan-devoted song from The Burning Red. 07. Ten Ton Hammer - another classic anthem from The More Things Change. 08. The Burning Red - the title track from The Burning Red. 09. In The Presence Of My Enemies - a very in-your-face song from TTAOE. 10. Take My Scars - from The More Things Change. 11. Descend The Shades Of Night - a softer song about death from TTAOE. 12. Davidian - another crowd-pleaser from Burn My Eyes. 13. Block - another in-your-face aggressive song from Burn My Eyes. // 10

Production Quality: As said before, they wanted to wait until they had the resources before releasing a DVD and they made the right choice as the production quality on this was amazing. The camera would switch between straight up shots to a slightly faded rougher effect and both worked excellently. I must say though, after a while I got sick of the effect that they had on but was still pleased with the use of angles to get the best shots of the band in full swing. // 9

Overall Impression: My overall impression is that it was worth the wait for all the Machine Head fans who couldn't get to one of their shows. They definitely live up to their reputation as a live act and if they were to release a new DVD or if this copy was stolen I would definitely buy a new copy straight away. // 10

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