Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|For Those Aboot to Rock - Live at the Commodore|
Actor: Strapping Young Lad
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Far Beyond Concert DVD's!!!
Sunshine the Werewolf | Canada | 02/06/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"STRAPPING YOUNG LAD - For Those Aboot to Rock...
All I can say is wow... This is pretty much the top tier of live performance DVD's I have seen.
Devon and Crew are especially sharp at this convert in their home base of Vancouver B.C.
The Footage is fantastic, showing multiple camera shots on split screens... giving much more in depth look of the band as a whole then just one big wide angled stage shot.
Another thing is that they sound incredible live... Gene Hoglan's Drumming is as precise live as in the studio... Plus it is comical to watch a man, especially of his mass, move his arms faster than a humming bird.
Also Byron (Bass) and Jed (Guitar) both have a great stage presence... Let's be honest who wouldn't go crazy sharing a Stage with Devon Townsend... This guy is just nuts, Funny song introductions are heard on almost every song: "This is about my favorite class in High School... Social Studies... because that was AFTERMATH!" - I mean, come on, that is the corniest thing I've ever heard... But that is what makes SYL fantastic... Skullet bound Devon is like a Mental Asylum escapee... He even daunts a foam cowboy hat in the later part of their set. And the best part is their classic closer: `Far Beyond Metal' when they let that guy sing... Near the end of the song Devon, Jed, and Byron can all be seen laughing on the side of the camera.... Awesome!!! Truthfully, what other bands would dare let this god awful singer appear on their DVD? No one but SYL. They see that there is humour in Metal and seem to have more fun playing Metal than anyone else.
From a just live concert perspective this is absolutely amazing. The Bonus Material and Videos are ok but the concert is easily the high point.
Favorite Tracks: Relentless, Oh My F#&king God, and of course, Far Beyond Metal.
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Incredible camera work......but the sound of the mix is a bi
themusicfiend | Florida | 08/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow are these guys awesome.....their stage presence is unbelievable and what a great choice of songs. Filmed in front of a very energetic Canadian crowd that just can't get enough of them....SYL proves to be near the top of their game. And boy do they have fun up there. Included is 2 videos and some behind the scenes/interviews with the band. Well worth any amount to pay if you are a fan.....a must have. The only set back is the mix of the live sound. It is difficult sometimes to hear the guitars because they seem to get drowned out....but....none the less a great dvd at a great price."
An Impressive Excursion
Jeremy Whitman | Lafayette, Louisiana United States | 04/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've followed the carrer of Devin Townsend since the Steve Vai days, and although I am not a die-hard fan, I find their constant search for sheer intensity and a more-extreme-than-thou attitude entertaining at least. Truth be known, Townsend and company are pranksters of metal, presenting that intense musical direction while maintaining a comedic decorum that screams out death metal satire.
The film itself is an impresive production, featuring many camera angles and split screen segments that give the viewer whatever desired perception he may want during an actual live performance. This is heightened by the band's uncanny ability to interact with the actual audience with almost no boundries that most musical groups have. Whether inviting the tuneless Drew onstage at the film's finale to help sing the chorus or accepting foam cowboy hats from rabid fans to wear onstage, it is obvious that the band has acceptance and reverance by the extreme metal underground. On top of all this, SYL proves their technical ability with a setlist that will please die-hard fans and a persona that anyone could appreciate.
There are about an hour's worth of extras, but I feel more could have been done in this area. The videos are okay at best, and the interviews are more funny than revealing, but the essense of the live show are what counts on "For Those Aboot To Rock"