Title: Live From Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
Release Date: 25th November 2011
Label: Universal Music
The career of VOLBEAT indeed can be compared to that one of a rising star. They appeared like out of thin air and with their first album, called 'The Strengths / The Sound / The Songs' they've established a monument for themselves when it got released back in 2005 in their native Denmark. Also their following second one 'Rock The Rebel / Metal The Devil' from 2007 came like a bombshell out of nowhere and strengthened the band's reputation as a force in the Rock scene to be reckoned with and proved it with every album anew. Their latest one is called 'Beyond Hell/Above Heaven' and on a late day in last year's November a show in Copenhagen was filmed and the corresponding DVD is now out since Friday.
It all starts with a grey view on nothing. Don't know if it' just bad image quality or if the venue was filled with too much fog so that it ultimately greyed the picture. Anyway, soon the classical intro sounds that announces the band's coming. By the time they get on stage they're still hid by a curtain which drops the moment 'The Mirror And The Ripper' kicks off the show. Right from the start you can see there's energy floating around in the venue. The fans are almost going insane to each of the tracks, may it be '16 Dollars', 'Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood' or 'Who They Are'. While the crowd practices rock till you drop in front of the stage, the band themselves are keeping it comparatively slow, as in moving not too much which mostly goes for Poulsen. The show was filmed with 11 cameras altogether which provides a good view on everything that's happened during the show. Cuts aren't too fast to see anything and the director knew when to switch views to get the desired effect.
The video bitrate of the show could've been a little higher. Even on a standard SD TV you can see video artefacts here and there. The second DVD holds a performance filmed at the House Of Blues in Anaheim. Shorter than the main but not necessarily less energetic! The band rocks, the fans rock, everyone rocks. Second performance is from German festival Rock am Ring with probably the largest audience ever seen. Last but not least there's a goodie called 'Beyond The Scenes' with all involved persons and guests having their say. All in all, fans get the complete live experience of VILBEAT and If you prefer Hi-Def there's a Blu-Ray edition out as well.
Rock am Ring, Nürburgring, Germany
Michael Poulsen - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Anders Kjølholm - bass guitar, backing vocals
Jon Larsen - drums, percussion
Thomas Bredahl - lead guitar, backing vocals
http://www.volbeat.dk / http://www.facebook.com/volbeat/
Total: 7.6 / 10