After their triumphant return to the stages of Europe in the summer of 2002 and the release of the first albums completely remastered and with bonuses, this double-DVD marks the current peak of the reunion of the legendary Doom masters. With a noble cover in silver on black, "Documents Of Doom" is a fitting release to celebrate the long due renaissance of CANDLEMASS.
The first DVD shows us the long lost video footage of their legendary gig at Stockholm's Fryshuset back in 1990, which had been released as live album in 1991 (I think) and which's tapes had been stored away in a dusty attic in the States for the past 10 years. Given this and the fact that the tapes had not been in the best possible condition anymore, when they were found again, you can imagine what hell of a job it has been to restore them and what a damn good job the folks have done, because only very rarely you can actually see that not everything, picture wise, is in top condition, but it does not weigh that heavily, because the overall quality is amazing indeed.
Had already been the album of excellent sound, in combination with the pictures you finally can really fully capture the live atmosphere of this concert and with all time classics like "Solitude", "Under The Oak", my personal favourite "Samarithan" or "Mirror Mirror" you definitely cannot go wrong, especially if the band presents itself in great form as here. So that the fan reaction is great, I won't really have to mention any more, do I?
But as if that was not enough, we get a second DVD, which maybe is even more interesting than the concert, because it brings us live footage from almost all eras with Messiah Marcolin on the front, from 1987 to 2002, plus previously unreleased backstage shots and episodes, which are hilarious to watch for sure. We get treated with live shots from their first gig ever in 1987 through to the 2002 reunion tour with all the festivals, at least one live vid from each one, everything spiced up with private shots (many from Messiah himself) from backstage and around, so if you want to see Janne try a completely new drum stool, Messiah getting almost drowned, Lars taking a very refreshing bath, Janne doing some very sex-ay backstage posing or Mappe being his optimistic, cheery self after a gig, then you have found the right DVD to go for.
The live stuff includes a hilarious TV appearance in a Swedish music show, where the host looks like a role model from the "Geek of the month" magazine and CANDLEMASS in a poppy TV studio is something to be beheld. Or if you finally want to see the CANDLEMASS version of "Sultans Of Swing" (here of course "Sultans Of Doom"). Also the fact that you have the choice to view the whole DVD with Leif, Messiah and Lasse commenting on the shots (as you can read in the interviews with the folks, they were recorded while looking at the material themselves for the first time), which is, after having seen it once in the "real" mode, really funny as well.
"Documents Of Doom" is a truly worthy release to befit the status of these Doom legends, coming on two DVDs, which cover a brilliant live gig and the additional documentary footage, so if you are a CANDLEMASS fan, you have NO excuse whatsoever to miss this one and if you want to check out this band, then this is a very good start as well, so what are you still waiting for? (Online February 17, 2003)