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Former Misfits axe man Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein steps out on his own in his first solo project. Included are 8 blood-curdling tracks and more as well as backstage/live footage from the Gorgeous Frankenstein 2008 U.S. tour. This DVD is sure to pleas
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Anyway, onto the content.
As far as the music goes, I'm not a huge fan of Gorgeous Frankenstein. Doyle is talented but I just prefer him as a punk guitarist over pseudo metal. I don't really like the current Gorgeous Frankenstein material, but as of me writing this review a new album is in the works with a new singer and a slightly different direction so I could be pleasantly surprised.
So there are two music videos on this DVD, one for the song Gorgeous Frankenstein, and one for Man or Monster. I'm not fond of either song, and the music videos are basically the same. I assume they were filmed the same day. I could be wrong though.
The singer in the videos I believe is Landon Blood, who isn't very good. He's not terrible either but he comes off as a phony Danzig impression. On the DVD they say Argyle Goolsby is the singer, which he was for a while, but only on live shows. He is very talented and his other band Blitzkid is among my favorites.
So, the DVD for the most part is interviews with fans and the band members.
The interviews with the fans are the standard "I love the band, blah blah" kind of stuff. Nothing new or interesting.
The interviews with band members are much more interesting. You find out a little more of why Doyle left the Misfits, his reason for starting the new band and so on. This was the most interesting part to me. Doyle apparently cuts his hand while playing, which blows my mind because I also play guitar and have never had such troubles, but Doyle is a beast so I guess it shouldn't be surprising that he tapes his hands up and glues the pick to his thumb!
There is a lot of Gorgeous George showing us around the tour bus and talking about there show, this was also interesting.
What's interesting is that Doyle rarely talked when he was in the Misfits, but on this DVD he talks a lot, and it's funny because he is very obviously Jerry Only's brother. I know they are really brothers, but it is hysterical how similar they are.
There are a lot of shots of Doyle walking around shirtless from behind so you can't see his non painted face. There is a brief segment of Doyle lifting weights. Some talk with a guitar tech and a little bit with Goolsby. Dr. Chud I don't think talks at all on this.
People complain that there is no accompanying live show on this, but I have a theory that it is because at the time of the filming Gorgeous Frankenstein was still playing a lot of old Misftis songs, and maybe there is some sort of copyright issue.
Overall for 11 bucks it's not bad, but you have to know what you are getting. No live show, two music videos, and short interviews, coming in at a mere 35 minutes. Because I knew what to expect I wasn't disappointed.
It was disappointing in one aspect and great in another.
There is no live show... You get the occassional glimpse of live footage, but there is no whole live show. This DVD is purely a look into the backstage side of Gorgeous Frankenstein's 2008 US tour.
This is great if you want to see how the band prepare or what they do in their down-time, but it's not so great if you were hoping to see a live performance.