IN THIS age of every gig turning up on Youtube as soon as it’s over, is there still a need for that most collector-y of releases, the live document? Well – duh – yeah, because your iphone video filmed from the back of The O2 that reduces All Time Low to a blurry light-flare backed by a booming wall of noise is rubbish, and no match for a properly-recorded, well-filmed version of events. And here we have two of them, courtesy of Swedish metallers Arch Enemy, and Norway’s lords of darkness Dimmu
Borgir. Let’s start with the former, and their AS THE STAGES
BURN! (KKK) live DVD.WHAT hits you immediately here is the sheer scale of AE at their biggest – with clips from Germany’s enormous Wacken Festival making Aerosmith look tiny by comparison.
Dimmu Borgir are also on vast form on their FORCES OF THE NORTHERN offering.which is to be expected, really, since that’s their whole bit, but it’s easy to forget just how well that transfers live. Like Arch Enemy, they’re playing at Wacken. But they’ve only gone and brought AN ENTIRE ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR WITH THEM.WHICH is, frankly, ludicrous, but seeing this lot’s usually keyboarddriven classical bits dramatically brought to life by 100-odd people is also brilliant.worth becoming one with your sofa for a few hours to, certainly.