Personally, I am huge fan of a live show. I love the energy, the performance, the roar of the crowd, and most importantly the decibel level of my favorite songs being played by talented metal musicians. I like being in a crowd of peers; people who have at least one big thing in common with me…the band! I like looking at all the band shirts and sparking up conversation about the shirt you are wearing. It is all well worth going to work the next day red-eyed and ears ringing. The only bad thing about a live show is that the things I love about them rarely translate well to film. Some concerts have serious production value which is always cool, but in the end a DVD/Blu-Ray concert just does not do a show complete justice. Does that stop me from buying them? Hell no, it’s the next best thing to being at the show. The theme this week is about some concert DVDs that I think are so well made that, if you are a fan of the band, these are must buys.
Cleveland’s Chimaira rocked Norwich, England last night in front of an energetic crowd. Special guests Neosis and Revoker provided support which made the evening actually quite diverse, musically. First and foremost, for those that thought Chimaira should hang it up after the mass departure of long-time band members, you should rethink your status with the band. Despite some negative feedback (not from me) about their latest album, The Age of Hell, Chimaira knows how to put on a show. And that is reason enough to keep Chimaira on your list of bands to see. Nothing but smiling faces after the show.