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“Gigantour 2″ (DVD) by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Gigantour 2”
Label: Image Entertainment
Release Date: 4/22/2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

Having attended both of the Gigantour events to date I have to admit that I enjoyed the overall Metal consistency of Gigantour 2 much more than I did with the first event. Of course I mean no disrespect to the fine and talented bands that made up the events initial run for I am a huge fan of Dream Theater, Nevermore and Symphony X who joined the mighty Megadeth. Yet there was something about the booking of bands like Lamb Of God, Arch Enemy, Opeth and Overkill to be on one stage that gave it a much more intense feeling for me. Released as a companion to the CD bearing the same name comes the “Gigantour 2” DVD, and like its counterpart it is a single disk presentation and right off the bat I felt that Image Entertainment dropped the ball a little bit with this one. The first criticism is in their choosing to go with only one DVD for the product when we live in a time where almost every such release is a double disk endeavor and the second is that with this being a single disk item it should have been packaged together with the audio CD as opposed having them released individually. Having this as a single DVD makes this only a minute teaser taste and with it running just over an hour is hardly representative of the whole festival event. I know budgets and expenses are probably high on releases like this but as my concern was with the CD, it is better to deliver two disks. Make the first one the newer bands or earlier set bands and make the second the headliner and immediate support acts like Arch Enemy, Lamb Of God and Opeth. Perhaps the view is that each of these artists already have such a release and there is no need for duplicating the process at this point in time.
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“Gigantour 2” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Gigantour 2”
Label: Image Entertainment
Release Date: 4/22/2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

Dave Mustaine and his merry men in Megadeth successfully led the first Gigantour event into the hearts of Heavy Metal fans everywhere and that outing brought us Dream Theater, Symphony X, Nevermore, Life Of Agony and many more all on the same stage. It was the subject of a well-received CD and DVD release that while it didn’t bring you the entire event, certainly did its job in giving you a sample to make you kick yourself should you have passed on it. The initial success led to a second festival and when they announced the lineup for that go round of the event I felt that they had once again captured some of the most relevant artists in Metal music today. Gigantour 2 was much more of a shredding guitar festival and it had the likes of Arch Enemy, Lamb Of God, Opeth, Overkill and Into Eternity joined by two newer bands Sanctity and The Smashup. Having attended my area’s performance of Gigantour 2 I could agree with many who maintained that this event had one-upped the previous year in terms of musical consistency. While the bands on the first were all rather interesting, some of them lost some people, while others gained them. G2 had no such issue as crowds assembled early and remained inside as opposed to wandering while a band they didn’t love or find a tad curious performed. The second Gigantour would also make its way to CD and DVD and while it is only a single disc release they managed to fit fourteen tracks on it. I had missed The Smash-Up at my show and found their Metalcore to be a good kick off to the CD but I cant judge much more on them since I have little background on them.
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Dragonforce @ Club Avalon (5/2/2006)

Logo - Dragonforce

Artist: Dragonforce
Venue: Club Avalon (New York, NY)
Opener: Sanctity, Protest The Hero
Date: 5/2/2006
Label: Roadrunner Records

Testing the limits of super-sonic Power Metal comes the one and only Dragonforce! The band was set to perform in New York late last in 2005 at the legendary Punk club C.B.G.B.’s but that set of US appearances was cancelled. At the time, Homeland Security had discovered that guitarist Herman Li was on their most wanted list. This would of course be a case of badly mistaken identity but it is nice to know that the agency is checking into traveling musicians a lot more than those that would really bring the Country harm (thanks people…..sigh). Barring that dilemma, I have to be honest about the venue of choice. The club while considered legendary and lamented by many in its pending closure is really too small for a band that is getting the attention that Dragonforce has been finding. When it was announced that the new location for their US invasion would be the Club Avalon (the former Limelight to all you old schoolers) tickets sold out almost immediately. I found this to be fantastic because while Dragonforce is a Melodic Power Metal band they perform with such a blinding speed and skill that it offers fans of the genre a very different dynamic to enjoy. The evening would be kicked off by Roadrunner Records own Sanctity and they were not too bad. I was not crazy about their sound that night and felt it was over loud and a little muddy in the mix. Musically there seemed to be potential so I look forward to seeing them another time. There was also a Dillinger Escape Plan type of Math meets Metal Core band called Protest The Hero. I’m not the biggest fan of this kind of stuff but I gave them credit for trying to show the audience a different aspect of Metal. Dragonforce falls more into the Melodic Power genre, so that was what a large part of the audience was interested in – so being won over to something like this is often an uphill climb.
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