Immortal - The Seventh Date of Blashyrkh (DVD) (Nuclear Blast/Riot)

The long and the short of this review is that this DVD is unimpressive.

 

Immortal are a great live band, and a great band in and of themselves. When I last saw these guys when they toured Australia, it was an intense show. And the live show they played at Wacken 2007 is, by this live DVD anyway, up to the same standard.

 

The Seventh Date of Blashyrkh is Immortal's long-awaited first DVD. And as much as I like the band, I would hesitate to buy this release, especially at some of the inflated prices I've seen locally. ($48? Are you kidding me?)

 

For this DVD is nothing more than the band's set at Wacken 2007. There are no stills, no interviews, no clips, no extras of any description. The title screen, in fact, says it all: it appears extraordinarily cheap. It doesn't even feature the DVD's title on the menu screen.

 

And it might be just me, but the penchant that bands (or their labels maybe?) have for releasing DVDs of bands playing Wacken is getting.... shall we say... tiresome. Most of them look the same, most of the shots are the same, the only differences are in the bands' styles, stagecraft, and whathaveyou.

 

Some might also think that releasing a set like this three years after the fact, without any additional material at all, is perhaps also a bit remiss. It would have been nice, for instance, to have seen a more recent show added to this disc.

 

I, for one, would have liked to have seen at least one or two video clips for singles. Or maybe an interview with the band. Or something that would add value to the DVD.

 

The set itself is tight, the sound is good. The filming is pretty much what you expect from a recording at Wacken: it's professionally shot. And the set includes a spread of tracks from the band's discography.

 

All in all though, it wasn't impressive. If you're a fan of the band and want live recordings, it would be a decent addition to your collection. But in and of itself, this DVD failed to excite me, and I hesitate recommending that you rush out and spend your hard-earned on it.

 

It could be that I've come to expect more from bands' DVDs, or that I'm just jaded with the whole we-played-at-Wacken-isn't-this-set-amazing thing. Either way, I feel that such a cheap production, without any additional anything, is a pretty shitty effort at a first DVD.

 

Immortal's The Seventh Date of Blashyrkh DVD is out now on Nuclear Blast/Riot.