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Monsters of Metal, Vol. 1 - The Ultimate Metal Compilation Double DVD

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Monsters of Metal gives no quarter, cramming 50 videos by 50 different metal bands onto two discs. You name the place and the sound, and it's here: from all over Europe (England, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Norway, and Denmark), the U.S., Canada, and Brazil comes hard rock in all shapes and styles, from radio-friendly pop-metal to heavier thrash and speed-metal to extreme forms like gothic, industrial, and death metal. If you're already a fan of the genre, you can discover bands you most likely haven't heard before; if you're not, four hours of head-banging probably won't change your mind. But for those already converted, here's a golden opportunity to widen your metal outlook: Brazil's thrash-metal quartet Sepultura's heavy-duty cover of U2's "Bullet the Blue Sky" and stalwarts Iron Maiden's live version of its classic "Run to the Hills" are the exceptions to the rule of unfamiliar or new bands showing off their considerable metal chops. And this is just volume 1; volume 2 also contains 50 videos from 50 different artists. Bonuses include three live clips and the "Dr. Blast Show," 25 minutes' worth of prime music by 10 up-and-coming groups. And, although the sound is PCM Stereo, it has been mixed so it sounds as meaty as 5.1 Dolby Surround. --Kevin Filipski

Special Features

  • Region 0 (NTSC format)
  • 50 selections on two discs
  • Bonus live chapter: The Butcher Strikes Back (Destruction), Fire in the Sky (Hypocrisy), The Awakener (Kataklysm)
  • Dr. Blast Show: new stuff from Mystic Prophecy, Graveworm, Mnemic, Dew-Scented, Misery Index, Re:aktor, Deathstars, Destruction, Primal Fear, Dimmu Borgir
  • Photo gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Iron Maiden, Dimmu Borgir, Sepultura, Manowar
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000159EQK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,988 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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This first volume in the Monsters of Metal collection is better than the second in many ways. Maybe the extras aren't as fancy, but that's about it. It features some great videos, new and old, from some of today's top metal bands. True, amny of the bands featured are Nuclear Blast signings, given that this 2-disc set was produced by that label, but there still is plenty of diversity in the choice of artists. It has everything on it from modern pop metal Sevendust to extreme death metal like Sinister, and just about every style in between. Industrial, goth metal, melodic death, power metal, prog metal, grind, thrash...it's all there. Also, the artists are from all over the globe. Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, England, Holland, Italy, Austria, US, Canada...it's all here.

Some videos really stand out above them all, and it is obvious that some are indeed classics. Some of the classics from this include: Morbid Angel's 1989 video for "Eternal Rites," Carcass' 1993 video for "No Love Lost," Pungent Stench's 1993 video for "Viva Las Muertes," among others.

My top 5 favorite videos from disc 1 (no order) are:

1. Sonata Arctica "Wolf and Raven"

2. Dimmu Borgir "Progenies of the Great Apocalypse"

3. Helloween "Just A Little Sign"

4. Stratovarius "Eagleheart"

5. Cradle of Filth "Her Ghost In The Fog"

My top 5 favorite videos from disc 2 (no order) are:

1. Thunderstone "Virus"

2. Rhapsody "Power of The Dragonflame"

3. Carcass "No Love Lost"

4. Mnemic "Ghost"

5. Gathering "Leaves"

Ultimately, I'd highly recommend it to any fan of metal DVD comps, this is the top of the game.
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This collection is the best it gets....and I own maybe 15 metal compilation videos like this.....I mean between the two dvds there are 50 songs, so anyone into metal can find something they like.....The Dimmu video that opens the DVD will blow you away, the CRADLE OF FILTH video is absoulutely amazing in the mood it creates (and I disliked the cradle before watching this tape)...and finally the Video for In flames Trigger made much more sense when you watch the Soilwork video (another of my favorites); there is some classic stuff with Morbid Angel's Immortal Rites and then some IRON MAIDEN, and the newer classics like the Emperor video (before black metal bands could get big video budget). THere were a few disappointments, like the "fun in the studio" video by Lacuna coil (but you have to check out the Swamped video by them on the Century Media website), The Gathering "leaves" video is acutally live so i don't know why it wasn't placed in the live section, The Theatre of Tragedy entry was a disappointment in comparison to their other work, and, well, some of the power metal videos are a little high on the Cheese scale for me.......IN CONCLUSION: IF YOU ARE A METAL FAN, YOU MUST OWN THIS DVD!!!!
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If you cant give any of the MONSTERS Of METAL 4 or 5 stars, then obviously you have no idea what Metal is. This is a Definitive and a must have compilation, I bought Vol. 1 because of IN FLAMES and MNEMIC. To my surprise, I ended up likeing 99% of the bands on any of the previous 3 Volumns. If it wasnt for

IN FLAMES, MNEMIC and this series I would have missed out on alot of GREAT METAL, real METAL!! No SLIPKNOT, No KORN, No MUDVAYNE!!!

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It is very important for you to understand that the Lacuna Coil video for "Heaven's A Lie" included here is NOT the most recent one but an earlier version which just shows them goofing off in the studio. In fact, I believe it's the same video that acts as the bonus video track on "Comalies". I purchased this set for basically two videos, and that was one of them...or rather, the "proper", newer version of "Heaven's A Lie" was one of them. Big Bummer. The other one was Dimmu's "Progenies of the Great Apocalypse", and that one still looks fantastic. That's one superb video! It's also good to see Carcass, Cathedral, and Morbid Angel present, giving it some serious variety.
Many of the "videos" are actually live performances that are not listed as such: Dimmu Borgir's "Puritania" (live show with studio track overdubbed), "Leaves" by The Gathering, and Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills" to name a few.
The vast majority of the bands on here are completely unknown to me, and for the most part did not win me over to their music. One band, THERION, really stuck out, though, with their video for "Summernight City". The video was strange and unique, and the song was very bizarre yet very original with some authentic operatic female vocals over the heavy music.
Speaking of operatic vocals, the once great Theatre of Tragedy is represented here by the song "Let You Down", which actually WAS a letdown. It's a borderline dance song which sees them dropping their metal influences entirely for a sound akin to--say--Ace of Base. At any rate, it isn't metal and I'm not sure why it's included.
Also in the "should've packed it in years ago" department is Paradise Lost from their "let's copy Metallica by cutting our hair and writing pop crap" phase with "Say Just Words".
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