Death Live in L.A. (Death & Raw) DVD REVIEW
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  • The technically simple nature of the video recording then comes into evidence, but takes nothing from the strenght the band seems to irradiate as Chuck taps the first passage of the classic song

    • by Pedro de La Rocque
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      It was 2001 when Chuck Schuldiner made one of his last presentations with Death before withdrawing from the metal scene due to his battle against cancer. This DVD is not only a recording of this concert, which took place in a reknown L. A. house called ‘Whisky a Go Go’, and a somewhat emotional tribute to one of the most influencial electric guitarists of our time.

      The show


      opens with a brief intro based on the main theme of the 80’s horror series “Halloween”. I always thought that little melody had a certain momentum building aspect in it. Suddenly, the lights are on and the subtle piano background leads into “The Philosopher”.

      The technically simple nature of the video recording then comes into evidence, but takes nothing from the strenght the band seems to irradiate as Chuck taps the first passage of the classic song. Schuldiner is accompanied, as usual, by an incredibly precise support band, even with bass-legend Steve DiGiorgio absent. The equally talented Scott Clendenin works awesomely well and tight with Scott Clendenin - who, in my humble opinion, is a deserving candidate for the honourable title of “Dr.

      Octopus”. The other guitar is in the hands of notorious Texan ...


      • Death Live in L.A. (Death & Raw) DVD REVIEW
      virtuoso Shannon Hamm, who delivers beatifully throughout the whole set. There is no use in analyzing each individual track due to the uppermost and constant quality of both the music and the instrumental execution.

      The setlist is: 01. Intro; 02. The Philosopher; 03.

      Spirit Crusher; 04. Trapped in A Corner; 05. Scavenger of Human Sorrow; 06.

      Crystal Mountain; 07. Flesh And The Power It Holds; 08. Zero

      Tolerance; 09.

      Zombie Ritual; 10. Suicide Machine; 11. Together As One; 12.

      Empty Words; 13. Symbolic; 14. Pull The Plug.

      This live video had part of its profit destined to pay for Chuck’s treatment as he recovered from his surgery and tried to keep the cancer from reappearing with an experimental drug. Although he left us here forever guessing what wonder he would bring forth next, this DVD remains as a tribute to the master.




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