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Pain of Salvation - Be Live

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This DVD features the live performance of Pain of Salvation's conceptual masterpiece, Be, complete with an orchestra and animated footage. Before Pain of Salvation entered the studio to record Be, they performed the music live over the course of several nights in front of music students and in rock clubs. A camera crew followed them around to document the performances for this DVD. "It seems that everybody was deeply impressed," says creator Daniel Gildenlow. "I think, however, in order to grasp every detail of the show one would have to watch it three or four times."

Be Live comes packaged with a bonus Live CD.

From the Contributor

1. Animae Partus
2. Deus Nova
3. Imago
4. Pluvius Aestivus
5. Lilium Cruentus
6. Nauticus
7. Dea Pecuniae
8. Vocari Dei
9. Diffidentia
10. Nihil Morari
11. Latertius Valette
12. Omni
13. Iter Impius
14. Matius/Nauticus II
15. Animae Partus II

Special Features

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Inside Out Music
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007SMEQ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,186 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This album is so theatrical that I feel it's almost lacking without a visual component. And now here it is.

Plain and simple: the album is amazing - the video extras? Not so much.

Album after album, Pain of Salvation continuously craft genuinely original, thought-provoking and aesthetically masterful creations that aren't duplicated or rivaled by any other band in metal. In other words, Daniel Gildenlöw is a genius and is showing no signs of stopping. With the DVD release of "BE" the band has added something truly dramatic and spectacular to their visual catalogue.

"BE" is, to use as many clichés as possible, a musical cornucopia - a tapestry of sound, a progressive collage of lyrical brilliance. There is no real way to describe the entire album with one fell swoop. Songs like "Diffidentia (Breaching the Core" and "Nihil Morari" are somewhat close to what we have come to expect from Pain of Salvation - hard, defined riffs mixed with pounding lyrics and mixed-tempo drums. And yet, they are completely innovative. For starters, we have the "Orchestra of Eternity", which is composed of a string-quartet, two clarinets, flute, oboe and tuba. Unlike metal-contemporaries Nightwish, Pain of Salvation uses the orchestra sparingly and never lets it take too much spotlight off the individual musicians.

Secondly, most of the album is narrated in "spoken/sung" word, which means that the songs are half-sung, half-narrated through a voice that keeps a melodic edge (very similar to the spoken voice in "Ending Theme" off the Remedy Lane album). In fact, the only truly melodic song is "Iter Impius", which is Pain of Salvation at their best - powerful, soaring vocals, beautiful guitars, ethereal keyboards, and a profound command of melody.
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This DVD has rekindled my interest in the cd. I find the sound a lot more organic, less cold and the talking bits take on more of an ethereal/background feel.

There are a few changes from the studio cd, some lyrics are not completely formed, some songs are a bit different (notably the big finale ballad, which is much better on the studio cd (though I prefer the live sound)).

I found the video quality to be a bit blurred, but maybe that's cause it is NTSC.

The stage production is exactly that, a bit of an extravagant affair, but well done. I didn't exactly cringe myself, but I can see that some will find it all a bit of a toss.

That said, it's refreshing to listen to the commentary on the show by mainman Daniel and Frederick (keyboards), quite down to earth and happy to have a laugh at themselves whilst explaining what they were trying to achieve.

Gripes? Well none really, I think they did a great job with it all. Hopefully they'll do another live DVD with all some of their other material too.

I'm quite happy to watch the shameless dance beat cover version of Yes' - Owner of a Lonely Heart with girls in bikini's, but I prefer to see a DVD like this with a bit of imagination.

Don't expect your friends to understand though...
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Pain of Salvation isn't exactly a household name, so I figured the quality of this DVD may suffer a bit from budget limitations. I was SO wrong. The production is beautiful. The performance is flawless. And they somehow produce a sense of intimicy that I've never seen before. They prove every inch of their musicianship is for real. Daniel's pipes are just as good live as in studio. He gets to indulge his theatrical side. And there's even a bit of humor with everyone doning their shades for Dea Pecuniae. The only bad thing I can say about this DVD is it may be the only opportunity many of us will ever get to see POS live. Thought I've certainly got my fingers crossed.
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The BE DVD may be hard to get into at first but its well worth it once you "Get It". Some of the lyrics are different from the CD so it makes for a nice contrast.
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This dvd is loaded with great stuff.
There's the full concert, which is awesome. The performances were flawless (except for in one hidden extra), the orchestra added a new dimension to the band, and the visual concepts were great. This is the only show I've seen where the stage is bigger than the crowd!
There are some different lyrics, as this was before the studio album was released, but it gives you different ways to see the songs.

Along with the concert, there are a bunch of extra stuff. There's a ton of extra phone calls that weren't included on the album, a commentary track, the religious fanatics track (which is just every song backwards), and some other stuff.
Then there's the hidden features that you have to figure out for yourself using the clues they give you. These hidden extras include another commentary track (very funny), Mike Portnoy's phone call, and different intro videos.

This DVD will keep you occupied for a good amount of time. Enjoy it.
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This DVD made me like the actual album even better. I already liked it before, but now I LOVE it and have a better appreciation for the concept itself. BE is still not my favorite PoS album, though its tough to choose a favorite of theirs at all. Currently, my favorite are tied Remedy Lane and 12:5 simply for the depth of emotion and beauty of music, and then followed very closely by Perfect Element I and BE. (I am also probably the only PoS fan who likes One Hour By the Concrete Lake more than Entropia...) Honestly, they are ALL good so comparing is rather silly. I hightly recommend this DVD no matter which album is your favorite. And you never know, after watching this one a couple times, your favorite might just change.... ;-)
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