United - Where Is The Fire - DVD
If you look on how much you get with this DVD it might not appear to be worth your money, but think again because it is. The reason why I bought Where Is The Fire wasn't mainly for the song, but because all of the sale-profits from this disc is to be donated to the Red Cross in favor of the Tsunami victims. The man behind this all-star project is Tommy Denander with a history of solo albums behind him as well as being in bands like: Radioactive, Rainmaker and Talk Of The Town among others.
There is a risk that these projects turn out cheesy and with a song that is sounding pathetic and really not that good, but that is not the case here since this song is a really good one. Where Is The Fire is a song in the style of melodic hard rock and AOR and it has an up-tempo beat and a chorus of the cheerful sing-along kind. It is a powerful track and does not sound like it has been put together in a haste just for the cause of it, as it often appear to be with songs from other benefit projects. This is a great song no matter if it is done with this all-star line-up or with a regular band setting, it does not need all the guests to become good as it is good already from the beginning.
But of course, with all these great musicians contributing it gets really interesting to listen to as well as watch the video that visually doesn't break any grounds as it is footage from the recordings of the song. And to give you a taster on which artists that appears on the track I will now give you a massive dose of namedropping. Where Is The Fire features guitar solos by: Mattias "IA" Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Pontus Norgren (Talisman), Kee Marcello (ex-Europe, K2), Sayit and Yngwie Malmsteen. The lead vocals are sung by: Pierre Wensberg (Prisoner), Göran Edman (Malmsteen, John Norum), Jan Johanssen (Ignition), Mats Leven (Krux, Treat), Tommy Nilsson (Easy Action), Stefan Andersson, Matti Alfonzetti (Jagged Edge, Skin Trade), Thomas Vikström (Talk Of The Town, Candlemass) , Björn Lodin (Baltimore), Jim Jidhed (alien), Geir Rönning (Rainmaker), Leif Sundin (M.S.G., Great King Rat), Jocke Berg (Hardcore Superstars).
The music videos are a nice bonus but nothing that makes me too excited though, there is a difference in quality with both sound and picture with them and it feels like they have been added in the last moment. But those aren't the reason why you should buy this DVD anyway. The featured documentary is partly fun to watch, as long as it stays in the studio and shows when the artists are laying down their parts. But otherwise and mostly, it just a bunch of more or less famous people saying how good this thing with a benefit DVD is and how great you that has bought it are. And that is something that makes me bored after about one minute when most of these positive messages come from people that is not involved in the song in anyway.