Darzamat

Live Profanity: Visiting the Graves of Heretics

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Melodic death metal pours out of this elegantly packaged DVD complete with a very goth four-page, slick insert jam-packed with information on the artist; photos are also found on the flipside of the front and back cover; female vocalist Nera and male vocalist Flauros staring out with some kind of aloof authority. It's a superbly filmed concert resplendent in dark vocal sounds augmented by Alice Cooper-style keyboard played by Spectre,and relentlessly manic drums courtesy of Darkside. For the world these musicians are playing to there's much for the huge audience to devour, obligatory smoke and quick camera cuts capturing the elaborate vocal mix that dances upon the underscored intensity. Not as musically complex as Iron Maiden, it's the interplay of the vocalists that drives the performance, a kind of heaven meets hell matching of the singers as they let the two styles marvelously clash. There's a guest performance from rhythm guitarist Daamr, and near pandemonium when aging rocker Roman Kostrzewski of thrash metal bands Kat and Alkatraz (not to be confused with the group Alcatrazz which featured Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai ) comes out 36 minutes into the program and does an impressive job of controlling the stage. The cameras seem to get inspired by Kostrzewski, realizing it is a moment for the fans, and the crew goes to work capturing it all for posterity on the song "The Devilish Abode, Pt. 2!!!" (the three exclamation points in the English script on the DVD). This concludes the 42-minute concert filmed and recorded for Metalmania 2007 at Spodok, Katowice, on March 24 -- the same gig where Blaze Bayley's Alive in Poland DVD was tracked. The symphonic aspect of the group is downplayed in this concert, though it is most evident on the bonus tracks filmed and recorded in Arnsberg, Germany on February 24, 2007. There's also a 21-minute Darzamat "Shockumentary, Pt, 1 2004-2007" recorded in the Czech Republic featuring backstage shots, soundcheck, concert footage, fan footage, and the band driving in the van. There's even some hand-held, side shot concert tape of the audience when Roman Kostrzewski comes out -- and here's the amazing thing -- where a "documentary" DVD of a popular American band like the Pixies containing similar elements can be boring, this ensemble -- obscure to many outside of Europe -- put so much love and care into this package that it is all a fan could ask for and more. There's a 34-minute interview with Nera and Flauros in the musicians' native language (apparently with no subtitles) taped on Friday the 13, of course( or is it "of curse"?), in April, 2007 as well as three MTV-style video clips, "The Burning Times," "In Red Iris," and "Era Aggression." It's a top-notch product all the way around with full credits, dates, and all the information a true Darzamat fan could want. Grade A stuff, like an audio-visual version of '70s black-and-white Creepy and Eerie magazines put into digital form.

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