This DVD features the live performance of Pain of Salvation's conceptual masterpiece, Be, complete with an orchestra and animated footage. Before Pain of Salvation entered the studio to record Be, they performed the musi... more »c live over the course of several nights in front of music students and in rock clubs. A camera crew followed them around to document the performances for this DVD. "It seems that everybody was deeply impressed," says creator Daniel Gildenlow. "I think, however, in order to grasp every detail of the show one would have to watch it three or four times." Be Live comes packaged with a bonus Live CD.« less
The performance is amazing - the video extras? Not so much.
Dan Solera | Chicago, IL USA | 05/03/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This album is so theatrical that I feel it's almost lacking without a visual component. And now here it is.
Plain and simple: the album is amazing - the video extras? Not so much.
Album after album, Pain of Salvation continuously craft genuinely original, thought-provoking and aesthetically masterful creations that aren't duplicated or rivaled by any other band in metal. In other words, Daniel Gildenlöw is a genius and is showing no signs of stopping. With the DVD release of "BE" the band has added something truly dramatic and spectacular to their visual catalogue.
"BE" is, to use as many clichés as possible, a musical cornucopia - a tapestry of sound, a progressive collage of lyrical brilliance. There is no real way to describe the entire album with one fell swoop. Songs like "Diffidentia (Breaching the Core" and "Nihil Morari" are somewhat close to what we have come to expect from Pain of Salvation - hard, defined riffs mixed with pounding lyrics and mixed-tempo drums. And yet, they are completely innovative. For starters, we have the "Orchestra of Eternity", which is composed of a string-quartet, two clarinets, flute, oboe and tuba. Unlike metal-contemporaries Nightwish, Pain of Salvation uses the orchestra sparingly and never lets it take too much spotlight off the individual musicians.
Secondly, most of the album is narrated in "spoken/sung" word, which means that the songs are half-sung, half-narrated through a voice that keeps a melodic edge (very similar to the spoken voice in "Ending Theme" off the Remedy Lane album). In fact, the only truly melodic song is "Iter Impius", which is Pain of Salvation at their best - powerful, soaring vocals, beautiful guitars, ethereal keyboards, and a profound command of melody.
Thirdly, the album explores a wide variety of genres (as all of their albums have) but never like this. "Imago (Homines Partus)" explores tribal percussion and hypnotic, trance-like melodies. "Pluvius Aestivus" is a piano/orchestral drift across a rainy landscape, very reminiscent of the "X-Files" theme song (but only for the first seconds). "Dea Pecuniae" is a 10-minute jazzy piece full of theatrical bombast, complete with a dialogue, a piano interlude and a sex scene. The most powerful cut on the album, "Vocari Dei" is a tearjerker - a beautiful and remarkable song narrated through real-life confessionals; it is essentially a collection of God's voice-mail messages, spoken through the grateful, confused and/or desperate voices of a lonely humanity.
With the exception of the first and last tracks (which are spoken over distorted sounds), every song is its own testament to true musicianship. And that's all if you don't immerse yourself in the album's lyrical theme. In 15 tracks, Gildenlöw and company attempt to psychoanalyze God through a retrospective look at humanity's progress, and His intentions in creating us. Within this ambitious topic are several smaller themes, namely materialism, technology and evolution.
The performance of the album is alright. I wouldn't have expected Pain of Salvation, a band which, to the average music fan, is very underground and obscure, to have had an enormous production budget on their hands. Seeing the band flawlessly execute the album to perfection (which is a bit inaccurate, as the album was released much after the performances) is a real treat. The presence of a real orchestra within the band onstage is also an aesthetic delight.
But everything else gets in the way. I honestly chuckled to myself when every member onstage put on sunglasses for "Dea Pecuniae". The quick clips to the fat lady during the same song was also distracting (if not frightening). And all of "Nauticus (Drifting)" is set to the picture of a lit candle with inscrutable images flashed behind it. They were really very unnecessary and disappointing. I was expecting something elaborate and diverse (actual video clips, edited footage of an apocalypse, an approximation to visual poetry), but instead we get what reminds me of the psychedelic effects that Dream Theater used in "Scenes From New York" (which were an eyesore).
All in all, the concert must have been amazing to witness and I wish I could have been there. Sadly, in the production room, something went haywire and the project lost a little of its appeal. Recommended for diehard fans."
praj | Australia | 06/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD has rekindled my interest in the cd. I find the sound a lot more organic, less cold and the talking bits take on more of an ethereal/background feel. There are a few changes from the studio cd, some lyrics are not completely formed, some songs are a bit different (notably the big finale ballad, which is much better on the studio cd (though I prefer the live sound)). I found the video quality to be a bit blurred, but maybe that's cause it is NTSC. The stage production is exactly that, a bit of an extravagant affair, but well done. I didn't exactly cringe myself, but I can see that some will find it all a bit of a toss. That said, it's refreshing to listen to the commentary on the show by mainman Daniel and Frederick (keyboards), quite down to earth and happy to have a laugh at themselves whilst explaining what they were trying to achieve. Gripes? Well none really, I think they did a great job with it all. Hopefully they'll do another live DVD with all some of their other material too. I'm quite happy to watch the shameless dance beat cover version of Yes' - Owner of a Lonely Heart with girls in bikini's, but I prefer to see a DVD like this with a bit of imagination. Don't expect your friends to understand though..."
I need to have faith in something.....
The Moblèd Queen | Remedy Lane, The Kingdom of Loss | 06/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD made me like the actual album even better. I already liked it before, but now I LOVE it and have a better appreciation for the concept itself. BE is still not my favorite PoS album, though its tough to choose a favorite of theirs at all. Currently, my favorite are tied Remedy Lane and 12:5 simply for the depth of emotion and beauty of music, and then followed very closely by Perfect Element I and BE. (I am also probably the only PoS fan who likes One Hour By the Concrete Lake more than Entropia...) Honestly, they are ALL good so comparing is rather silly. I hightly recommend this DVD no matter which album is your favorite. And you never know, after watching this one a couple times, your favorite might just change.... ;-)"
Every Pain of Salvation fan must have this DVD.
David Erickson | California, United States | 04/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"BE is maybe my second or third favorite PoS album, but this DVD has so much more to it than BE. I would pay fifty dollars for all seventy plus minutes of commentary between Daniel and Fredrick--that's how good it is--and the easter eggs. Oh god, are there ever easter eggs. I wouldn't spoil exactly what they consist of, but they really propell this DVD into greatness beyond greatness.
The DVD version of BE is indeed different lyrically and musically; there are a few parts I actually like more than the studio version. It's entirely a matter of preference; but the alternate live CD is also a very nice bonus.
Given its price, every Pain of Salvation fan must buy this DVD."
John B. Steed | 03/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The BE DVD may be hard to get into at first but its well worth it once you "Get It". Some of the lyrics are different from the CD so it makes for a nice contrast."