This is so funny because I bought this DVD as an import about two years ago and never watched it and now Century Media is releasing it domestically in the U.S. and I have to review it because I got it as a promo. Needless to say that the band is always fantastic and a joy to watch and hear and this live concert from Finland is no exception. Right off the bat, songs such as "The Kinslayer", "She Is My Sin" and "Dead Silent Complete" start out with a bang literally due to the explosions during the beginning of each song.
The are all upbeat and filled with energy. Tarja is decked out with sexy leather pants and wearing a deep dark red heavy cloak/robe and sings her heart out with a lot of passion as always. Tuomas head bangs as he pounds the keys to death. After a quick break from the fireworks with "The Pharaoh Sails To Orion", we are struck with more explosions with "Come Cover Me." As always, good lighting and directing is always important and critical to a live DVD and this is just superb. There is one problem with the DVD and that is that the whole show sounds like it's over dubbed with the exception of Tarja talking to the crowd and the fans sing along to the songs. I could be way off here, but the songs sound exactly like each record and performed perfectly.
I have seen the band live before and there is a difference. They sound fabulous, but they don't simply mimic their records. This just sounds like they popped in the track from each CD when it came time to play the song. I hope that I am wrong here, but when I saw the "End Of Silence" DVD and watched their performances, you could hear the difference. They sounded great once again, but you could tell that it wasn't over dubbed at all. Please correct me if I am wrong with this particular performance. Otherwise, you get another quality product from the band that never rips off their fans. And just to let you know that I didn't forget, Emppu and Jukka played with plenty of grace, power and muscle as well.
Along with the full length concert, you get the photo gallery, two videos for "The Carpenter" and "Sleeping Sun" and live footage of two songs for "Kinslayer" and "Walking In The Air." A discography is also included in full detail. Alas, you are treated to a 35 minute interview/behind the scenes footage of the band. What is weird about it is that 99 percent of it is in Finnish and on occasion the fine Finns break out into their English. You will hear the obvious stuff like Tuomas explaining his influences and how the band formed. Tarja will talk to you about what it's like to be the only female in the band and so forth. Plenty of shenanigans are offered from the band and crew. Watch them all drink like fish and see guest appearances from Alexi Laiho, Kim Goss and more. Once again, if you are a fan of the band, then you need this in your collection. (Online May 2, 2005)