Artist: Vision Of Disorder
Title: “Dead In New York”
Label: Koch Records
Release Date: 11/11/2008
Genre: Hardcore Punk/Thrash Metal
Vision Of Disorder was a Hardcore/Thrash Metal band that hailed from Long Island, New York and was most active from their inception year of 1992 until their official breakup in 2002. They would release four albums over the course of their career on both Roadrunner Records and TVT Records and after some time apart the guys would do some reunion appearances in 2006 for the Super Bowl of Hardcore that reminded their fans of what they were about and how they had not lost any of their zeal for the scene. The DVD “Dead In New York” captures one of these reunion appearances in the band’s native Long Island at a popular club from the region called Club Ritual – it’s with this film that we see just how important the band was to the Hardcore scene in the eyes of their fans because the club appears to be packed to the rafters. The reunion footage finds all original members in place with Tim Williams (vocals), Matt Baumbach (guitar), Mike Kennedy (guitar), Mike Fleischmann (bass) and Brendan Cohen (drums) all playing their hearts out for the hungry crowd.
In watching this film I had to admit some levels of curiosity since I was never a part of the Hardcore movement and instead more of a Metal guy. I did applaud the bands clever use and amalgam of the Thrash Metal genre in their sound as it set them apart just a little bit more from the earlier purveyors of the scene. Of course having formed in 1992 meant that the band themselves came up long after the movements best years had already passed us by. There was not going to be another band like Sick Of It All or Agnostic Front no matter what one would think because each helped to define and mold the genre to standards that all others would follow. The film itself finds a comprehensive set of the bands best material and the sonic level of audio in the production is superb so I am inclined to think that they not only went through the mixing board to record this but also cleaned it up a little bit to work out any kinks. Visually however this drove me crazy as the film is rather dark and then features too many flashing blues and reds and other dark contours from the lighting rig. The shooting of the film comes off as very sporadic as well and the viewer will find that they are flashed back and forth and around the venue to different angles very suddenly as opposed to finding this done in a natural and flowing fashion that we see in any number of live band films. Perhaps they were trying to capture the chaos of the mosh pit at this show or perhaps it was the Producers own artistic vision for the film. Whatever the case may have been, this aspect was lost on me and made getting through the entire film rather arduous. The frenetic nature of the visuals made me think of “Cloverfield” if you needed a better description and that style of filming doesn’t do it for me. Performance wise the band is very energetic and singer Williams frequently gets the audience in the mix to make the pit wilder or to have them stage dive during particular numbers that they regard as their classics. The audience does respond in kind and that makes the show come off a lot better than it could have.
Extras: “History of Vision Of Disorder”, “Worchester, MA”, “Long Island NY”.
*** The historical piece on the band is okay at best in my opinion but it does line out how the band met up and formed the nucleus of what became Vision Of Disorder and how their record deals were secured and what touring was like. Perhaps it could have been longer and just a little more in depth because with so many bands releasing features like this as bonuses on their DVD’s, they are going to start to be looked upon with a little more scrutiny in terms of the quality of the presentation. There are also two very brief segments that show the band in Worchester, MA and Long Island and from the onset I anticipated two full additional appearances being delivered. Instead we get only a couple of minutes from each area and they amount to nothing more than teaser footage at the end of the day.
At the end of the day I felt that the band should look into releasing this as a live audio CD since that aspect of it came out so well. To be honest I felt that this release was aimed more at the bands hard core fan base or perhaps even the Hardcore scene historian who is collecting and archiving such films for use and reference for some future project. It’s not a terrible film to watch but it is clearly only for a set demographic.
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7. For The Breeders
9. What You Are
11. Beneath The Green
12. Jada Boom
13. Through My Eyes
17. Formula For Failure
Official Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vision_Of_Disorder