Conquer the World

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An Australian extreme metal band? Whodathunkit! But in all seriousness, fans of the genre should be long familiar with Mortification, who have been headbanging away since 1990. However, it wasn't until 2001 that the group embarked on their first-ever world tour, which has been documented on the DVD, Conquer the World. Those expecting a professionally shot document of a Mortification show from beginning to end will be out of luck, as it's a documentary loaded with interviews and performance clips (of which frustratingly, there are few full-length performances; just tiny flashes). Also included are interviews, clips of the band sightseeing and clowning around, and most intriguing, a short clip of a Mortification "unplugged" performance! Also, you'll be able to hear the group being introduced on-stage at seemingly every bloody country they played in on the tour. Most of the live clips appear to have been taped on a hand-held recorder, while the sonics were recorded via the camera's mic (not via a soundboard); so in other words, don't expect The Song Remains the Same-type sonics. And for the Mortification fan who needs it all, you'll also find three promo videos (one of which is for the song "Metal Blessing," which gives the term "low-budget video" a whole new meaning) and four bonus tracks.

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