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Music of Mass Destruction- Live in Chicago (DVD with bonus CD) (2004)

Anthrax  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthrax
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sanctuary Records
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001Q4CZC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,317 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Studio: Uni Dist Corp (music) Release Date: 04/06/2004

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, live 'thrax on dvd! April 21, 2004
After numerous delays and other problems, we finally get a live performance of Anthrax on DVD. The dvd design (menus) is reasonably original and well executed. While the show is filmed with 8 camera's, not all of them are useful angles (one is high up on the side of the stage behind a support column). The video itself is a mixture of matted widescreen and normal full screen sources and the colors could be stronger and the blacks be a little blacker. But, perhaps I'm being a bit critical because I use Motorhead's "Boneshaker" dvd as the benchmark standard for heavy metal concert videos. Anthrax doesn't have the budget or facilities that Motorhead had.
Now while the video quality is less than stellar, it is more than made up for in the sound and the performance. The stereo sound track on the video is very similar to the included CD version, but it's the 5.1 mix that really stands out. It is one of the cleanest multichannel live mixes I've heard to date (I've produced a few myself). When played at near concert levels on a reference quality theater system, it really feels like you're at the show. The performance is also top notch as Chicago is one of the bands favorite towns to play (the Chicago crowd may be larger, but the Cleveland crowd was definitely louder).
The reason for giving it 5 stars has more to do with the value than anything else. So while the video quality nets 4 stars, the audio quality and the total price easily push it to the 5 star rating. And a special note to all the dorks that say the John Bush era of Anthrax isn't any good, well you're partially right. Anthrax isn't good, they're excellent! Yeah they don't play speed metal like in the mid 80's, but then again no band of consequence does these days. Of all the old school bands from the 80's, Anthrax is still one of the few that is just as relevant now as then. Along with Motorhead, they carry the torch of what is METAL into the new millennium.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally,a live Anthrax DVD! May 9, 2004
Anthrax are my second favorite of the Big Four thrash bands(Metallica,Megadeth,Anthrax,Slayer).They had released 2 live VHS videos before this,but no DVDs.Finally now we have a DVD.This was shot at the Metro in Chicago on the Taking The Music Back tour.It is a very high energy show.It has a sixteen song set that spans there career from Among The Living to We've Come For You All.I have a few complaints with the setlist.It doesn't have ANYTHING from Spreading The Disease,which is one of the best thrash albums EVER.It also doesn't have the title track to Among The Living.They played it on their PPV concert from 2000,why couldn't they play it here? The only other thing wrong with this DVD is that the guitar solos are so low in the mix.However,Rob Caggiano does an EXCELLENT job with the Dan Spitz and Paul Crook solos.Some highlights include "What Doesn't Die","Only","Nobody Knows Anything","Caught In A Mosh",and "Antisocial".However,the BEST song on the DVD is "Bring The Noise." This is MUCH better than the one with Public Enemy.Plus,they play the first verse and chorus of Metallica's "Whiplash" at the end.So if you are an Anthrax fan,I highly recommend this DVD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music of Mass Destruction - in a small venue. April 23, 2004
By Drewboy
I was just at the Metro this past Tuesday seeing Iced Earth. I was a little irritated that in the DVD they don't show the crowd much, but having been in the Metro, now I know that there really isn't much of a place to show. I saw Anthrax in Indianapolis the Tuesday before this show in Chicago was taped, and I think that John sang better there than in this DVD. The energy, however, is undeniable. I think that the picture quality is ok for a concert DVD, but there are better. Low light conditions suck for recording video. The sound quality of the DVD is awesome though, just about as close to being in a live situation as is possible. If I had friends with me while watching the DVD, I would have done as said in the beginning and started a mosh pit in my own living room. The DVD/Cd combo is a great value for $17, so I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice addition for Anthrax fans. August 31, 2004
(I plan to review the CD version of this in the near future. This review will only be covering extra songs that weren't on the CD, and the extra DVD footage).

Compared to other people, I haven't seen very many concerts, but this one was enjoyable. I don't see why they included an extra CD with this, since the DVD has 18 songs performed live, while the CD only has 12 (which are audio copies of the same exact songs from the DVD). I would have preferred seeing this as a two DVD set - one for the concert, and one for the videos. I've seen other bands do this for their Live DVDs, and since the DVD of "Return of the Killer B's - Video Anthology" is rare to find, it would have been a win-win situation for every customer.

Anyway, the songs on the DVD that aren't on the CD are Belly of the Beast, 604, Be All End All, Indians, Bring The Noise, and Metal Thrashing Mad. The band's performance of "Bring the Noise" wasn't what I was expecting, but it was cool to see every member of the band taking different verses to rap on. Suprisingly, Scott Ian was the best rapper out of all of them. We also get some bonus 'behind the scene footage' of each member of the band (except for bassist Joey Vera):

Charlie Benante - Charlie goes to a 'figure' store to add to his huge collection. They have some interesting sculptures here, but it's nothing too special.

Rob Caggiano - This one was pretty bad, definitely the worst out of the four. I have nothing against Rob, but footage of him on a tour bus doesn't interest me very much. Skipper.

John Bush - Poor camera work here, as we take a look at John's collection of alcoholic beverages. Pretty boring stuff.

Scott Ian - The best out of the four.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like it so much...
Published 13 days ago by fausto bustos
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any hard rock fan!
One of the Best! concert DVD's I've seen. High energy, great sound and really clear video. John Bush is the highlight of this show. Read more
Published 10 months ago by bncsparks
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Concert
In general is a good concert, the songs and performance is OK, it is a shame John Bush left the band.... Joey Belladonna doesn't have the strength as he use to....
Cons... Read more
Published 20 months ago by CARLOS
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring back BUSH!!!!
Please bring J. Bush back, they were heavier with better tunes. With Joey back in the band the music sounds dated but with John, just check it out, amazing. Read more
Published on September 27, 2010 by J. A. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthrax delivers.
Never disappointed in the band or their performances. This DVD is just crunching, pounding, neck-snapping metal at it's finest! Read more
Published on May 6, 2008 by P. Bouchor
5.0 out of 5 stars V-Cool Combo!!
This is a very cool combination...CD/DVD both in the same package. I really liked the DVD....Seeing John Bush sing some of the great old Anthrax tunes really was entertaining. Read more
Published on September 2, 2006 by Todd Harig
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!! Must Have
I bought this after going to the reunion tour with Belladonna and after watching it I couldn't stop thinking how much better and lyrically creative a frontman Bush is, buy this and... Read more
Published on June 23, 2006 by T. Goodwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Highlights/Some Lowlights
Continuing the trend of metal bands that are giving fans the most value for their money is Anthrax and their release of "Music Of Mass Destruction". Read more
Published on July 23, 2005 by Ken Pierce
4.0 out of 5 stars For the most part awesome
I'm only a casual Anthrax fan with the essentials Among the living, Spreading the Disease, and stuff like that but I thought I'd check this out. Read more
Published on August 17, 2004 by exodus
5.0 out of 5 stars real metal concert
john bush sings the old songs very cool like indians, antisocial , the band play so strong with a great sound , anthrax got the time with this dvd , very good work if you like... Read more
Published on May 27, 2004 by Julio Enrique
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