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Motorhead - Inferno (DVD)

Inferno - DVD
by David Kaluza at 13 April 2006, 1:55 AM

In another daring attempt to rip more money out of the pockets of their fans, Motorhead recently re-released Inferno with an additional bonus DVD as a 30th Anniversary special. I'm not sure if Lemmy has anything to do with this release or if this is another brilliant idea by some executive asshole at the band's label but personally it kind of gets me pissed off when I have to buy an album twice just to be able to get hold of a rather cool DVD like this. If things would have been fair, it would have been included in the Stage Fright package, since that was already meant to commemorate Motorhead's 30th birthday as well.
Still, apart from my obvious disgust for a shameless rip-off like this, the disc in itself is pretty cool and well worth getting hold of for fans of the band. First off there are a handful of live songs, six in total, which were shot at the band's Hammersmith gig in June 2005. They might not be anything overly spectacular (especially not considering we got the more than excellent Stage Fright show as well last year), but the sound and image are good and it is fun to hear an oldie like We Are The Roadcrew being performed. Then there is a video clip and the making of that clip for Whorehouse Blues, again, decent but not essential. The real attraction of this disc lies in its main feature, a 45 minute documentary about the history of Motorhead, which sees Lemmy and a few band members talking about the early days, straight up to their latest release, Inferno. It's a lot of fun to witness Philty and Lemmy reminiscing about the harsh beginnings of the band or to see other members bringing in funny (and not-so funny) anecdotes to compliment all of this. Furthermore, the disc also has a feature (and interview) with cover artist Joe Petagno, which again, is really interesting to watch.
So my question is… why couldn't they have delayed the Stage Fright disc a while so that they could have included the features and documentary found in that package, instead of re-releasing a 2 year old album which most fans probably already have? It sounds like a rip-off and to be fair it should be classified as one as well, if only the content of this disc wasn't so good.
So is it worth buying Inferno again just for the DVD? I have to admit that yes, in my opinion it is. If you are a diehard fan then you will want to watch this documentary, even if it comes at a price. So my advice is to go out there, buy the 30th Anniversary Inferno disc and give away the old one to your fourteen year old Green Day listening niece or nephew. You'll solve two problems with one swat. Obviously, since this disc is not available separately, it doesn't get a rating.

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Mot?rhead 30th Anniversary Show, Hammersmith Apollo
- Killers
- Love For Sale
- All In The Name Of Tragedy
- (We Are) The Road Crew
- Whorehouse Blues
- Bomber
The Guts and The Glory, The Mot?rhead Story
Whorehouse Bluess video clip, making of the video
About Joe Petagno
Lemmy - Bass & Vocals
Philip Campbell - Guitars
Mikkey Dee - Drums
Record Label: Metal Is


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