So Relapse finally caught up with digital technology and decided to release a DVD. I thought that this label must have amassed a great deal of footage over a span of time, be it live or video and that they would be able to release some fantastic DVDs. If I'm right, they're definitely holding the best for later.
Don't get me wrong, the DVD is cool, but, for a label that usually goes above and beyond in terms of quality, releasing something cool seems to lack their usual effort. Relapse opted to fit less than an hours worth of videos on this bare bones, no frills DVD and that's it. You have the option of watching all 16 videos straight through, or selecting which individual video you'd like to watch at a given moment. Like all Various Artists release, they double as (if their original intention isn't to be) a sampler, which gives the listener (or in this case the viewer) the ability to discover new bands, but even in this regard the DVD does poorly. At a mere 16 tracks, this clocks in at less than half what Relapse usually manages to cram into their samplers.
This is Relapse's first attempt at a DVD though, so let's cut them a little slack and work with what we've got. Despite the glaring lack of extras, or just lack of content in general, the DVD is pretty enjoyable, with some of the bands coming up with some surprisingly good videos. There's of course the standard live footage/random images video (BENUMB and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN) but even in so far as a standard video goes they're enjoyable. NEUROSIS make two appearances on this and although it's just a 'live' video, "Locust Star" further proves that they are one of the world's most intense bands; the video just sucks you in and mesmerizes you. Appropriately enough, TODAY IS THE DAY has the most disturbing video with "Pinnacle" which is sure to have you do more than simply raise your eyebrow. The best video though, is without a doubt is BLOOD DUSTER's "Pornstorestiffi". The BLOOD DUSTER meets RUN DMC meets KORN imagery is done perfectly and is hilarious.
Basically it comes down to this: like most of the bands listed? Got a DVD player? Then pick it up! (Online December 31, 2003)