The Vault, this DVD set isn't
George Dionne | Cape Cod, MA | 08/12/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
When you think of the term `the vault' (when it comes to music), what do you think of? Ponder that question a bit, and I'll get back to you during the verdict. Disc 1 features two European live performances. The first performance is a twenty song headlining set from Amsterdam in 2002. This is a small, intimate, setting packed to the rafters. The lighting isn't that great, but it helps give the show an `underground' appeal. Tommy Victor and company blast through a `classics' heavy set of Prong's most thunderous and punishing material. Although the music is intense, Victor still pulls off his vocals with some melodic overtones. The second performance is a six song set from the 2003 With Full Force Festival in Germany. You wouldn't believe the size of the crowd. Even though the group's set is short, they give the crowd a great show and they respond well.
Disc 2 features an undated performance from Sweden during the Scorpio Rising tour. The performance here is thirteen songs long, with a lot of the newer material from Scorpio Rising dominating the set. It takes place in what appears to be an airplane hangar. This is probably the best shot and lit show of all of the performances on this set. Disc 2 also houses a `Surprise Section' that features Japanese news footage of the group, a brief interview from the With Full Force show, a vignette about how the sound and stage are set up, and backstage home video stuff.
The `Surprise Section' is useless and uninteresting.
When I think of a `vault' I think of a career retrospective. Something to the effect of performances throughout the band's career, some music videos, interviews with band members about how things got started and whatnot, and material of that nature. I know what you're saying, `but Prong has gone through a lot of members'. Other bands in similar situations have managed to pull it off.
This vault is just three live performances and bonus material I think fans won't even care for. They might like the home video stuff, but that's it. Don't get me wrong, the live performances sound and look great and are quite enjoyable to experience, but The Vault, this DVD set isn't."
Prong is Kanekovision time two
Ronald Cowie | Las Vegas, Nevada | 05/31/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent DVD and I'm thrilled to be the first one to review. I espcially enjoyed the concert footage from Denver.
Tommy Victor is good peeps. If you ever get a chance to catch a live show, you will realize that this DVD does not do it justice."