Pain of Salvation - Be Live
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Be Live comes packaged with a bonus Live CD.
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2. Deus Nova
4. Pluvius Aestivus
5. Lilium Cruentus
7. Dea Pecuniae
8. Vocari Dei
10. Nihil Morari
11. Latertius Valette
13. Iter Impius
14. Matius/Nauticus II
15. Animae Partus II
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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...
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
BE by Pain of Salvation has to be the single best album created in the face of music. The Progressive Metal moguls have outdone all of their past works with this masterpiece. Read morePublished on March 31, 2008 by Paul Franklin
I bought the studio CD of "Be" a few months ago and found it interesting but didn't quite grasp the concept of the album. Read morePublished on September 25, 2005 by Kevin Benson
When information fo BE Live DVD was announced.. I was not really interested in the idea. But after a month or so of its released. Reviews were great!!! Read morePublished on July 19, 2005 by Elton Lee
HOLY (...)!! this here is the most finely crafted live show,EVER!
I just cannot believe it ever took place-most bands could only hope to have a visual representation like... Read more
This is by far the best DVD I have. It is an amazing production of the lates concept known as "BE." The entire band and orchestra are intense throughtout the entire DVD. Read morePublished on April 29, 2005 by Mark Lyon
BE is maybe my second or third favorite PoS album, but this DVD has so much more to it than BE. I would pay fifty dollars for all seventy plus minutes of commentary between Daniel... Read morePublished on April 28, 2005 by David Erickson