The Haunted

Caught on Tape

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The unimaginatively titled Caught on Tape exemplifies the bare-bones attitude behind this, the Haunted's first DVD venture. On offer here are two live shows taken from the tour supporting The Haunted Made Me Do It -- a 2000 gig in Tokyo, and a 2001 beatdown recorded in Malmo, Sweden -- both boasting practically identical set lists. Granted, Caught on Tape proves that these Swedes are a sonically formidable live act, thrash knuckle sandwiches "Hate Song," "Bury Your Dead," "Shattered," and a more-than-appropriate cover of At the Gates' "Blinded by Fear" hitting their marks with full force to sweaty and appreciative crowds. Twice. The Tokyo gig may be a bit more spirited, proffering a light show with more ambience than the small-club show in Malmo, but the performances are so similar, comparing the two involves pointless hair-splitting. Spliced into the Tokyo show are 25 minutes of documentary footage titled "The Making of One Kill Wonder," although in reality, it consists of mildly interesting interview footage with the band members -- drummer Per M. Jensen takes us piece-by-piece through his drum kit; riveting, huh? -- and, notably, Swedish producer extraordinaire Fredrik Nordström. Not exactly an inspired release, Caught on Tape might, at best, strengthen the Haunted fans' appreciation for one of the leaders of the New Wave of Swedish Death Metal, but at the same time, with a distinct lack of intriguing material, the DVD ultimately disappoints.