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|Black Label Society The European Invasion - Doom Troopin' Live|
Actors: Nick Catanese, James Lomenzo, Craig Nunenmacher, Zakk Wylde
Directors: Eric Zimmerman, Nik Jamgocyan
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Black Label Society is the brain child of guitar great Zakk Wylde. Hard and heavy, big on riffs and even bigger on the solos, BLS is the bastard child of Black Sabbath only pumped up on steroids. Having graced the world?s ... more »
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Bleed Black Label
Ken Pierce | Brooklyn,, NY USA | 08/15/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Doom Troopin' Live: The European Invasion" finds Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society in Rock solid form once again. The second DVD from the guitarist is a lot better than the "Boozed, Bruised and Broken Boned" release from a couple of years ago in terms of both camera work and overall production. "BBBB" seemed to be a little too thrown together and lost my interest at a number of turns while this new release had me from start to finish. Clearly they were paying a little more attention to details and quality this time around. This video finds BLS in support of their Artemis Records album "Mafia" and shortly after the album tour completed the band would leave the label to join Roadrunner Records. Fortunately for all Chapter members the good folks at Eagle Vision captured a killer set of tunes on film when the group hit Europe and give it to them in vibrant color. The first DVD of the two disk set features a long performance from Paris (with the Paris Chapter as they call it) along with just under a handful of songs from the London Astoria (noted with an "*" below). As the casual BLS fan I was happy to find the songs I enjoyed most present here such as "Stillborn" along with newer, quality numbers like "Suicide Messiah" and "In This River". Wylde dedicates this particular song to his fallen Brother Dimebag Darrell Abbott and truly rips the strings like never before with this number. Clearly, Dime is not someone who will easily be forgotten especially when it comes to Zakk and their Friendship. The set list is also a great mix and the band is very energetic throughout. I caught one of the shows when it hit New York, and don't remember enjoying it as much as I enjoyed catching it on this DVD. Perhaps the band was not having a good night or maybe it was me as I recalled mixed opinion on that show and none of that is found on this film. That difference alone made it a worthy viewing session for me and I am sure his fans will feel the exact same way. Since that show the band has added James Lomenzo (formerly of White Lion and Pride & Glory) on the bass as he joins Craig Nunenmacher (drums) and Nick Catanese (guitar and vocals) to make sure that Zakk has a powerful group along with him. It's perhaps the tightest I have seen BLS in some time.
DVD2: "Backstage Pass" - a 50 minute documentary. Music Videos: Suicide Messiah, In This River, Fire It Up, making of Suicide Messiah. I love documentaries like this and this particular one is a bunch of tied together segments with interview footage and commentary while live footage is show. There are also some treats to enjoy as the band tours some other countries and takes some time off. Of the videos, I would have to say that "In This River" is the most powerful as it's loaded with imagery and references to Dime.
This is the DVD that all of Zakk's Chapter Members have been waiting for as its loaded with music and interesting features that will all serve as a nice herald for the new album from the band. Be sure to check this one out if you are one of the people who "Bleeds Black Label".
Zakk Delivers The Goods
Samuel G. Powell | Kaneohe, HI United States | 08/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Zakk Wylde is an easy target for anyone who wants to criticize the heavy metal/hard rock guitar stereotype. But the guy is obviously for real - he's no stereotype, he's an archetype, and for anyone who appreciates pull-out-all-the-stops rock guitar, he is the complete package. This DVD is the single best produced hard rock concert video I've seen. The band manages to be raw and polished at the same time - not an easy trick. This is an improvement over "Boozed Broozed & Broken Boned" in every way - and that was a glorious sonic assault.
Zakk has obviously paid attention to his critics and has made a few changes without selling out at all. He relies far less on pinch harmonics in his guitar work, he's toned down the stage profanity which was previously far overdone, the band is tight and well rehearsed, the audience participation is used to best possible effect, the set list draws on his strongest Black Label Society material, and he's even increased his already-exceptional prowess on his instrument. The acrobat has a few new stunts!
The "intro jam" sets the tone well, opening with the band attacking their instruments, and they don't let up. It's not until the first pause comes in "Been A Long Time" that you realize just how much noise you've been exposed to so far. When this band takes a pause for a beat, it's the most solid proof yet that the note with the most impact is not a note at all - it's silence: the pause. The "Iron Man Interlude" is really just the first few bars of the Sabbath song. It would really be something if Black Label Society took the Dream Theater route and recreated an entire Sabbath album - or just did a set of covers. I'd plop down god money for that.
In This River slows things down a bit and gives Zakk a softer texture to play over. I wouldn't insult the song by calling it a "ballad," it's just a bit lighter than everything that's happened to that point in the Paris concert. Suicide Messiah has what I consider to be the heaviest guitar tone I've heard, and the band has real fun with it. I don't think I've ever seen Zakk smile onstage, but in the postlude to Suicide Messiah he's clearly having real fun and great interaction with Nick Catanese. Just to show the DVD is not "prettied up" in post-production, there's a point in the postlude where Zakk is about to switch pickups and use the pickup switch as a kind of tonal/volume modulation, and the volume on the pickup he switches to is clearly not set right, and he has to make a quick correction. Catanese gives him a bit of a poke for fun when the mistake happens. A nice moment to see between musicians.
The acoustic solo set is very casual, with Zakk just jamming and throwing in some old riffs (including a bar from Pride & Glory's "Machine Gun Man"). A set for true guitar freaks only, as subtlety is the least used weapon in Zakk's arsenal. The set finishes as heavy as it started with Fire It Up, Stillborn and Genocide Junkies. Riffing overkill from start to finish. In addition to the complete concert filmed in Paris, there are 4 tracks taken from a London show - also very strong, but nothing new - different performances of "Been A Long Time," "Suicide Messiah," a take from "Stillborn Jam" and "Genocide Junkies."
Disc two features a better than average road documentary of the band and three videos, but it's the concerts that merit this DVD a 5 star rating.
One thing I thought was very cool - Zakk brings a bunch of people up onstage from the audience at one point and straps his guitar on one of them. The guy actually plays pretty well, and obviously has the time of his life getting the unexpected opportunity to jam with Black Label Society.
Great DVD, a bargain at the MSRP - and please, people, if you haven't seen it please don't comment. The whole 357 group issue is addressed on Zakk's website, and I'm sorry if a few unscrupulous businessmen scammed some Zakk fans, but that has nothing to do with the quality of this DVD."
Solid piece of rock!
John Van De Mergel | Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen Belgium | 09/13/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Live is where BLS excells and where their songs get that extra they need.
The BB&BB dvd already was solid and this one follows in it's footsteps. Piece of advice for BLS/ZW fans : don't hesitate, you'll love the damn thing and with only 3 songs also on the previous dvd, it is worth every cent.
Good sound, overal good camera work, good song selection, tons of guitars, .... what more does a SDMF need to be convinced??
STOP READING HERE!!!!!
What follows is only for those who can stand some 'detail' criticism :
- terrible visual effects in the first song(s) and somewhat later on .... it's like the guy just discovered what his computer all can do .... less is more my friend, keep this in mind!!
- extra's are not really extra's .... I only care about live footage, so screw 'on the road' crap etc etc ... and the extra live tracks from London are the same as in Paris, so ... pfffttt
- plain shamefull/terrible artwork and no real booklet!! I know, It's the music that matters, but as to dvd's ... sorry guys, the package counts for something
- not one song from BLS' best, ie Sonic Brew!!!! ;-)
If not for those minor points, this dvd would get a 4 star rating from me."
Zakk and the Doom Crew are at it again !
Ray Delmazzio | Conn. | 11/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This offering by BLS, recorded in Paris on the Mafia tour is by far their best so far: The overall Mix/Sound,Song Selection & Raw Energy are all in top form here ! Also of note to all Pantera/Metal fans is the inclusion of "In This River"- Zakk's moving tribute to his best friend,Dimebag Darrell. Highlights(there are plenty),include "Stoned And Drunk","Stillborn","Been A Long Time","Suicide Messiah","Funeral Bell","Fire It Up", AND MANY MORE ! The second disc is a four song set from London, which rounds out what is a blistering live set form Black Label and Co. Enjoy this one and marvel at the guitar alter of Zakk Wylde !!