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Various Artists - Monsters Of Metal Vol.5 (CD)

Various Artists
Monsters Of Metal Vol.5
by Grigoris Chronis at 26 June 2006, 12:18 AM

It's been a long time since I last was that 'dedicated' to what I was going to review. Nope, it's not the quantity of the bands featured in this 2xDVD package, nor is it the variety in music. I only saw this set at once. Apart from needing a lot of time to focus on this release, such 'products' give you the chance to remember, forget, get familiar with new or older stuff, re-establish (eventually) your relationship with Metal music and - at an extend - to your own self.
I remember Nuclear Blast's very first artists/releases e.g. Righteous Pigs, Atrocity, Pungent Stench, Disharmonic Orchestra and Benediction. In the early-to-mid 90s Death Metal - and Nuclear Blast, in parallel - lived in high reputation. Still, with Amorphis or Therion the German label eye-clicked to more atmospheric styles, too. Then it was Hammerfall to the left and Dimmu Borgir to the right. Even (once) Epic Metal legends Manowar joined the bill, as Nuclear Blast's roster was growing like an 'experienced' whore's ass hole. With Helloween and Nightwish the label was now established as a premier one worldwide. To end it somewhere here: Nightwish, Gotthard, Edguy (in no chronological order) and -lately- Blind Guardian are the remaining additions to a catalogue list fairly enough judged as the Dream Team in - European, at least - Heavy Metal (in general) music.
Enough with the 'label' review. A double DVD package containing no less than 66(!) video clips, the 5th edition of the Monsters Of Metal series deals with every single sub-genre and era related to Metal music. Many videos come from the bands' latest efforts (Gotthard, Darkthrone - would never imagine I'd write these two band names one next to the other! - Cannibal Corpse, Primal Fear, to name a few) while some other classics are gladly greeted (e.g. Immortal's Blashyrkh, Mercyful Fate's The Uninvited Guest or Armored Saint's Reign Of Fire). Every taste is in here, so everyone can find his likes or discover some new likes/dislikes (the main purpose of a compilation, anyway). Furthermore, fans that seem to know why they like/dislike some specific bands/styles will now have an added criteria, due to instant comparison (Nevermore next to Exodus, for example…huh).
In general, an attempt to preserve a normal 'cue' in each disc did not achieve high success, I must admit, but - at least - there's a rather more-than-average running order in these two DVDs. No extras are featured in this combo, but who needs 'em anyway? It's 260 minutes of storm blasting Metal music, anyway. I'd only wish for more operational chapters/titles navigation…
This DVD package cannot be rated. Still, it's worth the purchase, as long as you can find 4 1/2 hours of free time, shut your cell phone, place your ass in a convenient seat and force yourself to see the whole package at once. You won't regret it, read the intro paragraph again, please.

0 Star Rating

Disc 1

Deathstars - Cyanide
Amorphis - House Of Sleep
Katatonia - My Twin
Scar Symmetry - The Illusionist
Darkthrone - Too Old Too Cold
Dimmu Borgir - Sorgens Kammer Del II
Immortal - Blashyrkh (Mighy Ravendark)
Mastodon - The March Of The Fire Ants
In Flames - Take This Life
Mendeed - Beneath A Burning Sky
Unearth - Zombie Autopilot
Destiny - Passing Moments
Children Of Bodom - Are You Dead Yet?
As I Lay Dying - Through Struggle
Shadows Fall - The Power Of I And I
Soilwork - Stabbing The Drama
One Man Army & T.U.Q. - So Grim So True So Real
Lacuna Coil - Our Truth
The Duskfall - Shoot It In
Dark Tranquillity - The New Build
Black Dahlia Murder - Contagious
Ektomorf - I Know Them
God Forbid - To Fallen Hero
Heaven Shall Burn
Kataklysm - Crippled & Broken
Amon Amarath - Death In Fire
Cannibal Corpse - Make Them Suffer
Hypocrisy - Scrutinized
Gorefest - For The Masses
Disbelief - Rewind It All
Six Feet Under - The Day The Dead Walked
Legion Of The Damned - Into The Eye Of The Storm

Disc 2

Gotthard - Anytime Anywhere
Nightwish - Sleeping Sun (2005)
Primal Fear - Seven Seals
Edguy - Superheroes
U.D.O. - Mean Streets
DORO - Warrior Soul
Brainstorm - All Those Words
Steel Attack - Diabolic Symphony
Nocturnal Rites - Awakening
Mercyful Fate - The Uninvited Guest
Armored Saint - Reign Of Fire
Fates Warning - Point Of View
Devin Townsend - Vampira
Evergrey - Monday Morning Apocalypse
Rage - No Fear
Nevermore - Final Product
Exodus - Now Thy Death Day Come
Sacred Reich - Low
Cataract - Nothings Left
Destruction - The Alliance Of Hellhoundz
Tankard - The Beauty And The Beast
Sentenced - Ever-Frost
Charon - Colder
Theatre Of Tragedy - Storm
Madder Mortem - My Name Is Silence
Burst - Where The Wave Broke
Naglfar - The Perpetual Horrors
Dragonlord - Until The End
Impaled Nazarene - Armageddon Death Squad
Pain - Nothing
Clawfinger - Dirty Lies
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Friede Sei Mit Dir
Knorkator - Wir Werden
In Extremo - Liam
Record Label: Nuclear Blast


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