December 13th 2005 was the fourth anniversary of the tragic death of the father of Death Metal, Chuck Schuldiner. This prompted DEATH’s record label Nuclear Blast to re-release their last studio album “The Sound Of Perseverance” and add the DVD “Live In Cottbus ‘98” to the album that was first released in 1998. The DVD alone is also available for €7,49 at Nuclear Blast Mailorder exclusively!
Basically, “Live In Cottbus ‘98” is a must for any fan of DEATH, as the disc offers 9 classics by the gods of Death Metal in unchanged shape! As this is an official bootleg, you can enjoy the authentic live sound, and for a bootleg, the quality of video and sound are good to very good. Only the cutting is somewhat too amateurish. There’s neither an intro nor an outro and the beginnings of “The Philosopher”, “Flesh And The Power It Holds” and “Pull The Plug” are missing, which calls the professionalism of the record label, which is usually great at these things, into question! The fact that they completely left out the tracklist in the shape of a scene selection or on the back cover of the cardboard case contributes to this impression! The photo gallery isn’t exactly remarkable either.
I definitely disapprove of Nuclear Blast’s decision to release these loveless CDs/DVDs from Chuck’s legacy after his death just too make some money. After all, they could have released the material of “Live In Cottbus ‘98” six years ago. In that case, it would have been all the more cult, but now it leaves a sour taste in my mouth. I just wonder if Chuck’s family will get something of the money of if Nuclear Blast is helping them voluntarily. In my opinion, this should be a matter of course for a record label.
You have to decide yourselves if you need this DVD or if you don’t. “Live In L.A. (Death & Raw)” and “Live In Eindhoven ‘98” have a better presentation and, I’m sure of that, they are exactly as “live” as “Live In Cottbus ‘98” is.
I hope that the exploitation of DEATH will end now…
Rest In Peace, Chuck! (Online March 9, 2006)