Personally, I am huge fan of a live show. I love the energy, the performance, the roar of the crowd, and most importantly the decibel level of my favorite songs being played by talented metal musicians. I like being in a crowd of peers; people who have at least one big thing in common with me…the band! I like looking at all the band shirts and sparking up conversation about the shirt you are wearing. It is all well worth going to work the next day red-eyed and ears ringing. The only bad thing about a live show is that the things I love about them rarely translate well to film. Some concerts have serious production value which is always cool, but in the end a DVD/Blu-Ray concert just does not do a show complete justice. Does that stop me from buying them? Hell no, it’s the next best thing to being at the show. The theme this week is about some concert DVDs that I think are so well made that, if you are a fan of the band, these are must buys.
Paradise Lost graced the Waterfront in Norwich, Norfolk, on 30 April 2012. I had the fortunate experience of being there, center stage, to watch the veterans of gothic doom perform a wide range of their discography to the loud, albeit sparse Monday night crowd. This concert review is coming from a different angle this time around. Instead of reviewing the show from a distance as a spectator, my review is based on the experience. Not only did I get to meet Paradise Lost, I also got to meet the Finnish support act, Insomnium – double bonus! This is more than just a show review…it’s my awesome VIP experience with veteran doom masters.