Children of Bodom
One of the biggest metal bands to come out of Finland, Children of Bodom bang out heavy but melodic death metal with synthesizers playing a major part in the music -- which isn't a bad thing at all, as songs are suitably brutal, with wriggling guitar riffs and pit-of-hell wraith-vocals. At their best, Children of Bodom sound like Ram It Down-era Judas Priest mixed with Celtic Frost. The name comes from a notorious, as-yet-unsolved 1960s mass murder near their hometown of Espoo, Finland, in which three teenage campers were brutally killed. The band's 1997 debut, Something Wild, sparked international fame for them, and they've been steady sellers both in Finland and abroad ever since.
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Iron Will: 20 Years Determined
Runtime: 5 hr 35 minIn this extensive documentary movie not only the four band members have their say about personal and unprettified memories, but also ex-Kataklysm musicians (such as the unforgotten founding member and vocalist Sylvain Houde) as well as friends of combos like Kreator or Cryptopsy.
Fool 'Em All
The Black Dahlia Murder
Runtime: 2 hr 7 min"Fool 'Em All" is The Black Dahlia Murder's second full-length documentary and follows up their immensely popular "Majesty". Once again, director Robbie Tassaro captured the band on tour for another installment of absurdity and hilarity! "Fool 'Em All" follows the band on their 2013 World Tour with a full-length documentary and 14 song concert film, capturing the band in their native habitat on the 2013 US Vans Warped Tour and European Tour.
All That Remains
Runtime: 53 minIt may have taken a few years for Boston act All That Remains to make an impact on the metalcore scene, but with the release of their third full-length effort The Fall Of Ideals in 2006, All That Remains not only finally found the right balance of melody and aggression, but they also found a whole new audience, with the album easily outselling their previous efforts.
After a brief introduction and some pre-show footage of various fans screaming the bands name, All That Remains quite literally destroy with Become The Catalyst, The Air That I Breathe, Not Alone, It Dwells In Me, Six, This Calling, The Weak Willed and Indictment, all of which are lifted from The Fall Of Ideals.
The remaining four tracks This Darkened Heart, For Salvation, Tattered On My Sleeve and Focus Shall Not Fail are lifted from 2004s This Darkened Heart and seamlessly blend in with the groups more recent material without clashing too much.
All That Remains performance is near flawless, while the editing together of the multiple camera angles (Filmed by the renown High Roller Studios) retains the energy and excitement of the performance and the crowd participation perfectly. Audio wise, mixer Jason Suecof has managed to keep a raw edge to the bands sound, which gives All That Remains Live a very real live feel.
All up, All That Remains Live is a rock solid package that shows exactly why All That Remains are considered one of the better metalcore acts doing the circuit today. Highly recommended.
Live at Wacken '08
Runtime: 59 minEnsiferum was founded in 1995 by Markus Toivonen (guitar), Sauli Savolainen (bass) and Kimmo Miettinen (drums). For the band's name, they took the Latin neuter gender adjective ensiferum, which means "sword bearer". In the next year, Jari was taken into the band as singer and second guitar-player. In 1997, the first demo was released, containing three songs.
The highly stylized logo of Ensiferum has appeared on all of their releases.
In 1998, Sauli and Kimmo left the band and were replaced by Jukka-Pekka Miettinen (Kimmo's little brother, then 14 years old) and Oliver Fokin. In January 1999, a second demo was recorded, which although it did not produce a recording deal, boosted the band's confidence. In November 1999 a third demo, "Hero in a Dream", was recorded, which was successful in obtaining a record deal with Spinefarm Records. The logo that appears on all the bands releases was designed for the third demo by Tuomas Tahvanainen, who also designed the logos for the earlier demos. In 2000, the band went into the studio to work on their first album, Ensiferum, which was released in August 2001. In the same year, Meiju Enho joined them as a keyboard-player.