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Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

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.

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