Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Earache 1986-2000: Immortalised”
Label: Earache Records
Release Date: 6/10/2008
Genre: Extreme Metal
Well, if you have enjoyed your copy of “Earache My Eye” over the last few months and were hoping that another one of their earlier releases would see the light of day have I got some news for you. Earache Records has returned with “Earache 1986-2000: Immortalised”, a film that was originally released in 2000 and one that featured the labels powerful roster from those years. This DVD has a few more tracks than the last one we examined and leaves the viewer hurting from the head banging as it delivers some Napalm Death, Vader, Carcass and Bolt Thrower but wait a minute…..there are several tracks or films that also appeared on “Earache My Eye” and this rather troubled me, since I would have enjoyed entirely new content. It doesn’t feature all of those tracks but does repeat on Cathedral, At The Gates, Sleep and Entombed among a choice few others. While I know that this is a direct VHS to DVD version with some additional features, I am still not sure why they didn’t put all of them together in a massive boxed set with a decent booklet that covers the bands years on the label. There is no booklet in this release, but the bonus features do include liner notes and band discography and biographies for you to read on the screen. Hopefully you have a decent sized screen to do it on because I hate having to read screens on a smaller television.
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Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Earache My Eye”
Label: Earache Records
Release Date: 5/13/2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Originally released on VHS in 1989, “Earache My Eye” is finally available on DVD and should appease those who have longed for this to be the case. It allows them the chance to upgrade and put up the original on auction so they can sit back and enjoy the molten hot material that is loaded on this release with better audio and video clarity. In 1989 I wasn’t listening to this level of heavy music yet so I enjoyed getting the chance to see some of the earliest videos made by bands like At The Gates, Carcass and Godflesh, especially since these are groups that have come to influence many of the bands that formed after them. You also can’t go wrong with the clever Doom riffs of old Cathedral and their Old School video blends in with some Vincent Price horror movie footage from the film “Witchfinder General”. The guys in Sleep offer up almost a garage band setting for their killer tune “Dragonaut” but I fear I was at a loss about any further information on them which was a shame since I really enjoyed this tune. The intrinsic basic feel in this video made me feel that any band can make a video that works to bring their material to life.
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Title: “The Garden Of Unearthly Delights”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 1/24/2006
Genre: Doom Metal
Coventry England’s revered Doom Metal masters Cathedral have returned after a few years absence from recording with a solid sampling of Sabbath/Trouble inspired Metal. Every time I listen to a band that labels themselves as Doom Metal I am brought back to the early seventies it seems because it reminds me of the influences that Sabbath first laid down for the genre that became Heavy Metal. I believe if Sabbath formed today they would be classified as Doom. While the group was formed about 15 years ago, I would not be someone who followed them but I am able to tell you of the quality material presented on this recording. If you are a fan of the trudging heaviness created by Sabbath and carried on by Trouble then there are some things on this release that show the next logical step in this form of Metal. The group makes a smart move by not having every song plod along like some peers might and instead offer you some interesting changes across the album. “North Berwick Witch Trials” is a great Doomy track while “Corpsecycle” is a tad more catchy and accessible citing potential as a Metal radio single. A tasty acoustic number “Fields Of Zagara” is followed by the blistering almost Motorhead inspired “Oro The Manslayer”. During this one I grabbed the air guitar and stopped only to head bang a little during the verses. Cathedral also chose to challenge Dream Theater with the song “The Garden” which according to my CD player caps off at over 28 minutes in length. There is a lot of heavy Sabbath feel to this track and despite the long running time I did not find myself bored at all since there were many changes to enjoy. A hidden track closes the recording and features guest female vocalist Lo Polidaro. All in all it was a very satisfying album for me as a new listener.
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