This is thrash metal at it’s best. Kreator puts on a great show. Dvd extras are great also. This is one of my favorite metal dvd’s I own. Kreator rules!
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This DVD is great. It has great sound and despite certain lack of ability of the director to edit it is worth the bucks invested.
It shows a great gig after the Berlin wall end. There are great songs from the best era of Kreator (I would have appreciated if they had played “pestilence”)in dolby 5.1 or stereo.
There is an interesting documentary which shows the reality of the bangers at the other side of the wall.
The only defect come when it starts to say that Kreator is almost the cat’s whiskas… and the horror movie where they try to match the videos with those videos that have nothing to do.
To tide fans over while the German thrash legends take a long deserved break, Kreator reaches into the vaults to re-vamp an earlier VHS release. What makes this performance so memorable is that it took place just after the Berlin Wall came down. East and West Germany were finally able to become one. Kreator may draw from early albums for this fifteen song set, but with the 5.1 mix, they sound more vibrant than ever. “Extreme Aggression” [sample] is in your face with its driving riffs and blood curling vocals. Not to mention the bludgeoning drum work. “Pleasure to Kill” gives false hope for something mellow with it’s orchestral beginning that gives way to pure fury. I don’t really need to go much into the music that much because the intensity speaks for itself, right to the very last song “Tormentor.” There are no sissy ballads here.
As far as the show presentation goes, you’re not getting a DVD show from today with multiple camera angles and a crystal clear picture. It’s 1990 for God’s sake. The picture is a little grainy and the shots are a little further away, but the final output is exceptional for the time. There’s not much going on stage except some average lighting and energetic heavy metal. Kreator must have been hurting after putting on such a draining set.
Also on the DVD is the long form video, or “Kreator Horror Movie,” Hallucinative Comas – Director’s Cut. It’s pretty much an inter-weaving of song performances with a little movie plot built around the lyrics. It has been released prior, but this time around there is added footage, deleted footage, and a few more extras. One of the highlights of this DVD release is a documentary that features interviews with the audience about Berlin in 1990 and Berlin today.
For those fans that want to take this killer show with them, Kreator includes a bonus CD with every song from the live show.
I’m sure the drum solo could have been edited out and no one would have noticed.
Kreator has always been one of those bands I’ve heard of but never experienced. I can now say that they are one of those bands I MUST hear more of. Kreator has all the intensity of early Metallica, the political fury of Megadeth, and the dark ominous feel of Venom. With this 1990 performance, they unleash the very best of all they encompass.
At first, it seems like this release is another way to prolong the time between the release of 2005’s Enemy Of God (which was then reissued as Enemy Of God Revisited) and now. But picking up this dvd/cd set, you know why Kreator had to do it. The concert filmed back in 1990 (orignally on VHS, now for the first time on dvd and cd) was one of the first since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and it’s no coincidence that the mood is captured perfectly. German metalheads celebrated seeing one of their favorite bands like it was Christmas, and the energy of the music and lyrics captured the feeling of freedom that was endured. Enough rambling. The concert is excellent. The audio was remixed by legendary metal producer Andy Sneap (also worked on Live Kreation, Violent Revolution, and Enemy Of God) who captures the old vibe of the performance using todays recording technology to make it sound almost like the old is new again. My only complaint is that there’s no songs from Coma Of Souls, but since it was recorded before the album, I can’t fault it. Extras include the short documentary The Past And Now which chronicles the fall of the Berlin Wall and the effect of it to today, and that fateful performance in East Berlin, as well as the band’s popularity to this day. Also included for the first time on dvd is Hallucinative Comas: the short, artful horror piece that was inspired by the Coma Of Souls album, now a director’s cut which is complete without the interview footage that was said to have disrupted the flow of the orignal.
So, if you’re a fan, chances are you’ve probably been looking for Live In East Berlin when it was on VHS. First time fans should also check out Live Kreation, and Enemy Of God Revisited.
First of all Andy Sneap is the BEST audio engineer! I mean, who can take an 18 year old recording and make it sound like this. My two favorite bands are Kreator and Nevermore and I am lucky he works with both bands, his talent for mixing and producing makes recordings timeless.
Now for this video.. I remember seeing the Extreme Agression tour in Cincinnati (Coroner was the opener). It was so cool how this video captured the power of Kreator, they are just unreal live and this video does not dissapoint. You can imagine how cool it was for the fans of East Germany with the wall just coming down, most seeing Kreator for the first time. It is a must have!
I understand how the other reviewer felt as to the video not having anything from Coma on it, but there were so many great songs dropped from Kreator’s set during that tour, it just proves that they have such a huge catalog of great songs.
Now that King has a bad back and Kreator will not be back in the US for a while this will have to hold me over until a Jan 09 when they are looking to possibly putting out a new album. Oh, and when Mille say’s that they are working on new songs and they are BRUTAL, you can take that to heart, it’s not like Larz saying the new Metallica album is going to sound like Puppets haha..
KREATOR rules and I look forward to seeing them in the states.