Alive Review

artist: Meshuggah date: 02/09/2010 category: dvd

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Meshuggah: Alive
Release Date: February 5, 2010
The anticipation leading up to the DVD was pretty big, and it seems to deliver at pretty much every level.
 Sound: 9
 Content: 9
 Production Quality: 8
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 8.8
Alive Reviewed by: unregistered, on february 09, 2010
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Sound: Meshuggah. I'm not really sure how to describe them. They're a progressive/metal/experimental band. The anticipation leading up to the DVD was pretty big, and it seems to deliver at pretty much every level. The band itself is extremely humble, even with their incredible amounts of talent they have. Their innovation shines through in the dvd, although some fans that are not die hard may find it to sound somewhat repetitive because of the ways the write their songs. However, if you are a huge Meshuggah fan, this will not disappoint you at all. // 9

Content: The content of the DVD is somewhat extensive. In addition to the band playing their set live, there is breaks in a a few songs with short clips of different members of the band talking about different aspects of touring and other things. It's pretty interesting. There's also a section that shows the making of the music video for "Bleed" and interviews with Micha (guitar) and Tomas (drums) where they discuss their equipment. The DVD also comes with a CD with some of the songs off their live set. This is the chapter list of the DVD, the songs with the * after them means that the song is also on the CD that comes with it. 01. Begin (Outtakes) 02. Perpetual Black Second (Tokyo)* 03. Twenty Two Hours (Outtakes) 04. Pravus (Tokyo)* 05. Dissemination (Outtakes) 06. Bleed (NYC)* 07. Ritual (Outtakes) 08. New Millennium Cyanide Christ (Montreal)* 09. Cleanse (Outtakes) 10. Stengah (Montreal) 11. The Mouth Licking What You've Bled (Montreal)* 12. Machine (Outtakes) 13. Electric Red (Tokyo)* 14. Solidarius (Outtakes) 15. Rational Gaze (Tokyo)* 16. Moment (Outtakes) 17. Lethargica (Toronto)* 18. Communicate (Outtakes) 19. Combustion (Toronto)* 20. Humiliative (Montreal)* 21. Infinitum (Outtakes) 22. Straws Pulled At Random (Toronto)* 23. End (Outtakes) // 9

Production Quality: The sound production on the DVD is great for the most part. It sounded to me like their was a slight lack of highs or mids in the overall mix, but nothing that inhibits you from hearing the instruments clearly. The only two things that I find somewhat disagreeable is that there is a lack of personal camera angles (i.e. the camera doesn't show the guitarist during solos sometimes) and that the lighting is very dark for much of the time which sometimes makes it hard to see the band, but again, this is a minor flaw. // 8

Overall Impression: Overall, I find this to be a great live DVD, and it is a must buy if you are a Meshuggah fan. I really appreciate the sound quality of the DVD a lot, with all the instruments sounding very clear in the mix. I'd also suggest that someone that wants to listen to some very unique, but still extremely heavy metal should buy this. The most impressive thing about this DVD is that they play nearly every single song perfectly, which seems nearly impossible, specially because of the complexity of the band's compositions and polyrhythmic insanity in their songs. I love just about everything about this DVD, minus the lack of personal close-ups at certain times in the live set. The bonus interviews and making of "Bleed" is a nice addition to the already incredible live set. If it were lost or stolen, I would definitely buy it again. It's a great DVD and definitely worth the money. It will probably be one of the best band DVD released this year. It's almost a perfect DVD. // 9

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