Music of Mass Destruction- Live in Chicago (DVD with bonus CD)
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on November 30, 2013 by bncsparks
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....
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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 morePublished on September 27, 2010 by J. A. Brown
Never disappointed in the band or their performances. This DVD is just crunching, pounding, neck-snapping metal at it's finest! Read morePublished on May 6, 2008 by P. Bouchor
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 morePublished on September 2, 2006 by Todd Harig
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 morePublished on June 23, 2006 by T. Goodwin
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 morePublished on July 23, 2005 by Ken Pierce
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 morePublished on August 17, 2004 by exodus