Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|On the Two Deaths of Pain of Salvation |
2CD / 2DVD
Actor: Pain of Salvation
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Filmed during their successful Scarsick tour in Paradiso, Amsterdam (Netherlands), this release contains the full concert on one DVD and a documentary and pic gallery on a separate DVD. A dynamic show of one of the leading... more »
Finally a chance to witness the full range of Pain of Salvat
Eddy Jansson | Sweden | 05/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"(I'll focus on the DVDs in this review. The CDs are simply the concert audio with, I believe, some of the audience talk thankfully cut down)
This is two things: A documentary and a live concert recording.
In the documentary we follow the band from their their last rehersal and out on the road in western europe. It's a decent documentary, with glimpses into the life on the road as a medium-to-small act. We've seen much of it before; The Devoted Fan following the band between countries, the roadies, life on the tour bus. It's all there.
Some of the best parts are seeing the guys interacting with each other. You see that they're truly a band. Some of it is heart-breaking, as when we get to experience the tention as Kristoffer takes off to be with his wife instead of hanging with the band, and the gritty economic realities expressed in Johan Hallgren's comments on how he can't take the hit of leaving another job for the band.
There are two different commentary tracks for the documentary, though only the most devoted will make it through both.
The concert is good. Nice energy, good set list (with both '!' and a wonderful rendition of 'Nightmist' you can't complain), and considering the numbers they pull, fairly good production values. Audio and video is good. Just don't expect something like a Nightwish or Within Temptation Black Symphony production.
The extras aren't anything special, but there are some interesting demo versions of tracks on there, and a truly evil bit of video with Johan Langell singing without audio in his monitor.
In a bit of an ironic twist, while the documentary DVD features a dummy hidden meny where they talk about how you shouldn't have to go through hoops to get at the content you've already paid for, a sentiment I share, the concert DVD actually has most of its extras hidden behind a quiz. Let me save you some time; the code is 1764.
Short story: This is a must have for any Pain of Salvation aficionado. I don't think these guys have any casual fans, but if they do, heck at this price, just get the limited edition if you can. It's just a very solid package."
The Set To Buy
Kurt Harding | Boerne TX | 11/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are wondering whether or not you should just buy the CD set of On The Two Deaths of Pain of Salvation or spring for this deluxe box set that also includes a pair of DVDs consider this: For roughly double the price of the CDs themselves you get a DVD featuring the songs on the CDs live in concert, a DVD with a documentary on the European leg of the band's tour, a plethora of extras on both DVDs AND a very attractive large format booklet containing some excellent pictures, lyrics and pertinent album info. This set is literally packed with value making it the obvious one to buy.
Here's what I like best of the music both on the CDs and on the concert DVD: The opener Scarsick which sets the tone for a raucous set; the hell-raising Nightmist; the rousing New Year's Eve; the slight Zep feel of Chain Sling; the riotous Flame To the Moth; the hilarious Disco Queen that eclipses Zappa's Dancing Fool; and the intense and magnificent Cribcaged that indicts and denounces celebrity culture and the crass ostentatious materialism it engenders.
As for the documentary, it is very long and really only for the hard-core fan. I enjoyed seeing it once, but I can't imagine watching again. I'd rather listen to the music. Then there are all the extras I haven't yet had time to view. Can't comment on those but think that even without them I got my money's worth.
On the Two Deaths of Pain of Salvation is one box set that really does live up to its hype and provides real value for money. If you like the kind of intense, imaginative metal as played by Pain of Salvation you are going to be delighted with this. Order it soon before the price gets jacked up.
T. Christesen | California, USA | 04/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After waiting an eternity for this release, I was so pumped to finally get it in the mail. The documentary is really great and offers a very authentic back-stage experience with the band. The live CDs/DVD is absolutely amazing and a chance for someone in the States, where PoS had previously refused to tour, to see really how talented this band is live (aside from Daniel's hilariously terrible crowd banter)! Watching Daniel sing and play the rhythms on "Handful of Nothing" is a definite highlight, as well as their rendition of "Hallelujah" and a chill version of "Undertow".
Definitely recommend this to Pain of Salvation and progressive rock fans."