Now this is a goddamn music DVD. SEPULTURA post-Max utter mediocrity aside, rarely does a label or band put out such a well-rounded and developed product aimed at satisfying the fans as Steamhammer has accomplished with “Live In Sao Paulo”. We are thrown two DVD’s featuring the entire Sao Paulo concert from March 4th of last year with no choice cuts edited out for time; just the band in their element with song after song, riff after riff. The second DVD, while not as remarkable as the first, offers an intimate glimpse into the band with Derrick Green’s personally shot documentary as well as a plethora of bonus material; what more could you ask for?
The live performance bleeds professional. There utter amount of cameras and angles is quite ridiculous and reminds me personally of SLIPKNOT’s “Disasterpieces” DVD. One could not possibly lose focus or attention as there is always something new to look at. The editing is accomplished wonderfully and the viewer is left with a feeling of satisfaction just upon viewing the first song (at least visually). The song choices, as you can see above, feature a good mix of their discography and they are not afraid of tackling the Max Cavalera era despite the fact performing their old material seems to tax the band (especially Igor) far beyond their newer material.
“…Sao Paulo” is spectacular visually but suffers a bit in the audio department. The DVD is crystal clear, however the mix is not. I cannot help but be completely annoyed by the fact the instruments are pushed so far down in the mix and the vocals are brought right up in your face like a Dentist attempting to extract a rotten tooth. The drums sound fine as is, but the guitar really suffers. The leads cannot be clearly depicted with half as much as ease as is necessary and the pitiful solos squeal like a butchered pig rather than with the ferocity of a voracious wolf. This should have been quite readily dedicated and fixed; however, this was not done and is really the only mar on a rather spectacular package.
The bonus material found on the second disc is stellar to put it quite simply. The documentary is the main focus and features a detailed and laborious narrative into the make-up of SEPULTURA circa the new millennium. It is told from the perspective of Derrick Green and hosts his early days, as well as a personal look into the lives of each of the other band members. Much of the material and shots featured are unique and have never been shed to the public before. Additionally, we are granted a few video clips and live songs (taken from another concert) as well as a slideshow before ending our lengthened journey.
Ultimately, this DVD slaughters when one views its content. I applaud Steamhammer for their accomplishments and only hope that we are greeted with more band DVDs like this in the future. Seperately, each of these Disc’s would have made a splendid addition as bonus to a studio album, together they form a strong DVD package which any fan of new SEPULTURA should find mandatory to purchase. (Online February 7, 2006)