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"Sounds of the Underground: Volume One" (DRT / High Roller; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Although this year's tour features a different line-up (with a few repeat performers), the "Sounds of the Underground: Volume One" DVD will get you in the mood for this year's show. It's also an incredible live DVD containing intense performances by some of the world's best known, extreme bands.

Recorded live at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey on July 2nd, 2005, the "Sounds of the Underground" DVD features live performances from the following bands:
ALL THAT REMAINS
DEVILDRIVER
A LIFE ONCE LOST
MADBALL
HIGH ON FIRE
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD
THROWDOWN
EVERY TIME I DIE
NORMA JEAN
GWAR
CHIMAIRA
POISON THE WELL
UNEARTH
CLUTCH
FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES
LAMB OF GOD

As you might imagine from that line-up, there's some powerful rock'n'roll at work here, with performances that are as intense and heavy as you'd expect from bands like these. 

Between each track is a brief piece featuring behind the scenes footage of each band. These are brief enough not to destroy the flow of the live music but entertaining enough to warrant a look. The footage of GWAR's Oderus Urungus autographing ample cleavage and then going berserk, flipping the autograph table upside down as a awestruck crowd watches, is nearly worth the price of the DVD alone.

Whether you consider it a nice souvenir from last year's show, preparation for this year's show or just a great collection of live performances, the "Sounds of the Underground: Volume One" DVD has something for every fan of extreme music.

For more information, check out http://www.soundsoftheundergroundtour.com.


Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

 


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