Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Chimaira: The Dehumanizing Process. INCREDIBLE DVD
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I didn't really think that much of Chimaira when I heard 'Pass Out of Existence', but when TIOR came out, I decided to give them another go, and I immediately became a huge fan after hearing TIOR. Then, when 'Dehumanising Process' came out, I immediately bought it. And trust me, it was worth the purchase.
On the DVD itself is a live set in Holland, a feature length documentary about Chimaira, and all their videos. Firstly, the live set is AMAZING. Hunter's voice is as raw as ever, Rob and Matt's guitars are played with extreme talent, even the bass is audible, and Andols once again shows he is one of the best drummers. The live set includes:
Eyes Of A Criminal
The Dehumanizing Process
The best performed songs IMO were 'Cleansation', 'Eyes Of A Criminal', 'Dehumanizing Process', and 'Pure Hatred'.
Now for the documentary. Over an hour of everything you need to know about Chimaira, and how it all started, you see shots of them playing live all over the world, how they recorded TIOR, guest appearances from Robb Flynn of Machine Head and Corey Taylor of Slipknot, and that slightly major accident while filming 'Down Again'. Has some pretty funny parts as well.
The music videos:
My favorite videos are Power Trip and Pure Hatred.
Also included with the DVD is the super rare, out of print 'This Present Darkness' EP, with two bonus tracks never heard before. After listening to it, I could see why Chimaira got signed. Also has liner notes from Mark Hunter.
Overall, this is one of the best music DVDs ever made. You will not regret buying it. CHIMAIRA FOREVER!!!"
Kerry King is in this for God's sake!
incubus1 | 09/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I went into this expecting very little. I think it's always a mistake to show the lighter side of a metal band. I bought this only for the 'This Present Darkness EP.' Despite my strong feelings objecting the whole concept of this movie I watched it. I felt it did show the band's humanity in a positive way. I never thought 'The Impossibility Of Reason' was extremely good, I always found it a bit overrated, but coming out of watching this, I think it's wonderful. That's all this movie is actually, it follows Chimaira during the production and touring of that CD. It also covers the loss of two drummers and the band's feelings on how the departures went down. The live footage throughout is really what holds this film together. Knowing that Mark can really hit those screams, growls, and singing during concert is really a nice thing to know. I bought this after hearing their new CD 'Chimaira,' which features some death metal growls and feared that he wasn't actually doing it. But after watching this, I now know that he does, and can. Mark is also the most intriguing member of the band in my opinion. He's the only one that never fully opened up to the camera. He almost seems like a bystander at times. But it's obvious at the end of this movie, that these guys shouldn't be doing anything but making music...simply put.
On the special features of this DVD you can watch a concert they did. While not being the best show you'll ever see, they do do the music justice. The opening to 'The Impossibility of Reason' is awesome. If you haven't had the opportunity to see it, Mark has the crowd split in two and when he says the word (which is 'explode'), they all start a pretty big mosh pit. 'Pure Hatred' is also performed very good, but the crowd was horrible at that show so when it came their time to say the chorus, you couldn't hear a word of it. As a band though, it's clear that they're very good live.
The videos are okay, nothing groundbreaking by any means. I feel the only video that is redeeming is 'Pure Hatred.' I think the others shouldn't have ever been released.
The CD included, 'This Present Darkness EP' is, like I said, the reason I bought this. And it was well worth the money I paid too. The quality is very raw which makes their sound that much better in my opinion. A nice completion to a worthy DVD.
All in all, this is definitely something everyone should pick up. If not for the CD, for the DVD. Because unlike the terrible bio-pic of Metallica's, this doesn't show the band in therapy. It simply follows them through the recording process."
Must buy for any Chimaira fans
Michael Batson | Westfield, NY | 12/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD was one of the best band DVD's that I have ever bought. Chimaira is my favorite band since Pantera. It was just amazing to see everything they went through during the recording process of TIOR. These are real down to earth folks. They don't act like rock stars at all. You get to find out about all of the individual band members. It's nice to see what it's really like to be in a band, and to see the good side also with the not so good side. A very honest and open presentation. It's almost depressing at times, especially the section with Andols.
I wish the DVD was a little more like the Pantera home videos, that's my only complaint. The secondary audio track almost makes up for that. Just purchase this already, this DVD is worth the price just for the extras it has (TPD, all the videos, full live concert)."
CHIMAIRA THE NEW METAL GODS
ONE MAN ARMY 313 | 08/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THIS IS A DVD YOU WANT TO WATCH OVER AND OVER THE LIVE SHOW IS FULL OF SO MUCH ENERGY AND WAS FILMED REALLY GOOD GREAT SOUND ALSO.PLUS SEEING WHAT ALL THIS BAND HAD TO GO THROUGH JUST TO GET TO THIS POINT WAS REALLY COOL ALOT OF BANDS WOULD NEVER SHOW ALL THE UPS AND DOWNS IT TAKES TO MAKE IT IN THIS INDUSTRY.PLUS ALL THE BANDS VIDEOS I LOVE THE VIDEO FOR SP LIT.PLUS THE BONUS CD THE BANDS FIRST REAL ABLUM THIS PRESENT DARKNESS WITH TO BONUS TRACKS NOT ON THE ORIGINAL THAT'S SWEET.THIS IS A MUST HAVE FOR ANY CHIMAIRA FAN. BY THE WAY RICKY WAS A BADASS DRUMER."