With the impending arrival of a new DISSECTON album in 2004, what better way to get the hype machine started than by releasing a new CD under the DISSECTION banner filled with songs that you probably already have. While I usually don't mind live albums, although they serve as no more than a glorified 'best-of' collection, releasing one after a band only has two full length albums serves no purpose other than the proverbial cash grab.
That aside, Nuclear Blast were lucky that they managed to get such a good, crisp sounding live recording for this release. In fact, this is probably one of the better sounding live recordings to be released in a long while and really, that's the only thing that you need to be concerned with when buying a live CD. Everything is audible, and, thankfully, in this case, more so than that. So basically this disc is a great recording that, in the end, still only amounts to a second rate best of spanning DISSECTION's two album career, not exactly very enticing, however.
For the collectors out there, there was a lavish boxed edition released that comes with the DigiPak version of the album, a cloth banner, as well as an additional live CD and live DVD. The second CD and DVD are both of the same show and were pulled from DISSECTION's half of the DIMMU BORGIR/DISSECTION - "Live And Plugged Vol. 1" tape that was released a few years ago. The quality on both the CD and the DVD are excellent and make the very limited box set (only 1000 were pressed) well worth a more extravagant price tag. The DVD portion is really the key element to the package, but to the live album in general, since having the visual aspect along with the audio is infinitely more enjoyable than the audio alone. If you're really looking into getting this album and don't mind shelling out some cash, then you should definitely hunt the box version down.
While it still has the same problem as the stand alone live album, the packaging, as well as the extras included make the deluxe edition a worthy purchase. (Online January 3, 2004)