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Live At Wacken 2012

Published December 16 2012

=Staff's pick

Disc I:
HammerFall - B.Y.H.
HammerFall - Last Man Standing*
HammerFall - Hearts Of Fire
Testament - More Than Meets The Eye
Testament - Over The Wall*
Testament - 3 Days In Darkness
The Boss Hoss - Riding High, Singing Low
The Boss Hoss - Shake & Shout
Edguy - Ministry Of Saints
Edguy - Superheroes
Edguy - Babylon
Volbeat - 7 Shots*
Volbeat - Evelyn
Volbeat - Pool Of Booze, Booze, Booza

Disc II:
Saxon - Heavy Metal Thunder
Saxon - Hammer Of The Gods
Saxon - Power And The Glory
Overkill - Electric Rattlesnake
Overkill - Ironbound
Overkill - Rotten To The Core
Cradle Of Filth - Nymphetamine Fix
Cradle Of Filth - Her Ghost In The Fog
Cradle Of Filth - From The Cradle To Enslave
Suffocated - 2008
Suffocated - Onward In Sadness
Suffocated - Hard Bone
Decapitated - The Knife
Decapitated - Pest
Decapitated - A View From A Hole
Djerv - Headstone
Leaves' Eyes - Elegy
Leaves' Eyes - Temptation
Schandmaul - Das Teufelsweib
Schandmaul - Hofnarr
Schandmaul - Traumtänzer

Disc III:
Circle II Circle - Morning Sun
Circle II Circle - Anymore
Circle II Circle - The Hourglass
Riotgod - Breed
Riotgod - Fool
Red Fang - Reverse Thunder
Red Fang - Dirt Wizard
Crimes Of Passion - Blown Away
Crimes Of Passion - Accidents Happen, Even Here
Warrior Soul - Fuck The Pigs
Hammercult - We Are Hammercult
Hammercult - Let The Angels Burn
Nasum - Scoop
Nasum - Wrath
Nasum - I Hate People
Unearth - My Will Be Done
Unearth - Black Hearts Now Reign
Ghost Brigade - Breakwater
Ghost Brigade - Soulcarvers*
Graveyard - Uncomfortably Numb
Moonspell - Wolfshade
Moonspell - Opium
Moonspell - Awake

Genre Metal
Tracks 58
Runningtime 287 Min.
Label UDR/Warner
Release 09 December 2013
Country ---
Similar artists ---

Live At Wacken 2012 is of course a compilation DVD from one of the greatest metal festivals across the globe. With almost 5 hours of metal music from 24 different metal outfits of varied fame, performing 1-3 songs each, I really can't find any massive satisfaction. I have naturally checked out the entire triple DVD set, even if I felt a substantial saturation when I put disc 3 into my player. I honestly am not interested in more than half of the bands presented and I see this release solely as memorabilia and a document to concrete the 23rd year of Wacken Open Air, more than a durable experience that solidifies to a bright memory.

Many bands on the main stages are either filmed in a distance that exceeds my preferences of what quality provides, or with close-ups that makes the top of the screen cut the performers foreheads in half. It's filmed both in broad daylight and pitch black darkness, as well as in rain or sunshine. I'm not a filmmaker myself and perhaps nothing to take further notice of, but I reckon someone had some difficulties with the settings since the pictures are slightly fuzzy occasionally. The pictures from the huge indoor stages suffer from the disadvantage of the somewhat poor lighting inside and the rapidly flashing lights looks rather bad when displayed on this set.

The crowds at Wacken aren't always massive. Have a look at Suffocated playing somewhere around noon in the pouring rain and you'll see for yourself. The filmmakers have a thing for letting the cameras focus on the crowds and showing exactly how big they are and what the capacity is during the major part of the recorded material from the main stages, but definitely not here with only a few hard headed metal fans standing strong down on the muddy grounds.

The bonus material is almost non-existent. We are offered merely 2 minutes of pictures of the village, pictures from the sky and a few shots at people and the audiences, while Hammer Of The Gods by Saxon is played. Actually total crap and without any hesitation worth the unflattering rate of 1 chalice.

Surely this release shows pretty well of what Wacken is about, in terms of stage performances. Yet I never find myself in a constant stream of euphoria with all these shorts moments that every band gets. If you want to relive the 2012 edition of Wacken, perhaps this is one way to do it, just don't expect an immensely solid happening that will fire at all stations. To me this is something you see once and then it will find its room on the rack.





Extra material

3 chalices of 10 - Tobbe

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