DVD
Heaven And Hell "Live From Radio City Music Hall (Ltd.)" DVD/2CD Box
Label SPV
Release date 2007
Style Heavy Metal
Country Suurbritannia
Price: 41.49 EUR
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Tracklist
DVD:
1. E5150/After All (The Dead)
2. The Mob Rules [MySpace]
3. Children of the Sea
4. Lady Evil
5. I
6. The Sign of the Southern Cross
7. Voodoo
8. The Devil Cried
9. Computer God
10. Falling off the Edge of the World
11. Shadow of the Wind
12. Die Young
13. Heaven & Hell
14. Lonely is the Word
15. Neon Knights

Extras:
1. Heaven And Hell Road Movie
2. Hail The Gods Of Metal
3. Meet The MOB
4. Radio City

CD 1:
1. E5150/After All (The Dead)
2. The Mob Rules
3. Children of the Sea
4. Lady Evil
5. I
6. The Sign of the Southern Cross
7. Voodoo
8. The Devil Cried

CD 2:
9. Computer God
10. Falling off the Edge of the World
11. Shadow of the Wind
12. Die Young
13. Heaven & Hell
14. Lonely is the Word
15. Neon Knights

Length: 03:00:00/02:00:00


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Description
Comprised of former members of Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell grew out of a 2006 reunion of post-Ozzy frontman Ronnie James Dio, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Vinny Appice for the purpose of recording new tracks for a Sabbath compilation called The Dio Years. Heaven & Hell then toured, drawing deep from the Dio-era Sabbath catalogue. The masterful Heaven & Hell: Live from Radio City Music Hall is one result of that rekindled partnership, a two-hour, Gothic metal marathon filmed in 2007 before a thrilled New York City audience. Largely comprised of classic Sabbath material, the show unfolds with a deceptive ease. The seasoned bandmates play with graceful concentration even as they plunge into the maw of doomstruck power chords and grinding riffs, the wiry Dio stalking Heaven & HellĀ“s swampy sound like some fusion of a crow and benevolent overlord. At times, itĀ“s impossible not to contradict oneself while trying to describe the groupĀ“s intricate, paradoxical sound: "Children of the Sea," for instance, is somehow both a snaking and watery mystery. "E5150/After All (The Dead)" is equally epic and nonchalant. "I" is a show-stopping, nightmarish blues that leans toward the anthemic, while "Falling Off the Edge" is highlighted by a molten rhythm and DioĀ“s taut vocal. This is a fine outing from a historic ensemble. --Tom Keogh

Reviews
If youĀ“re reading this review, then I likely do not need to explain the greatness of the music contained on this disc. I think itĀ“s just assumed you know about the Dio era of Black Sabbath, which is what this is all based on. If youĀ“re not a Black Sabbath fan, then you should probably stop now, as this disc will not appeal to you. On the other hand, you might find something new you like! ;)

Again, a seriously awesome collection of tunes - if you donĀ“t know them, you will be in for a great treat. IĀ“m not going to go down each track individually here, as thatĀ“s been done better elsewhere in other reviews. This is a DVD review, so IĀ“m trying to stick to that stuff here. A few indidivual song remarks, though: RonnieĀ“s wail at the start of the track "The Mob Rules" is quite impressive, given his age. I have to admit to being surprised at hearing that. Also, the track "I" was not one of my favorites, but live itĀ“s a heck of a lot better and more powerful than the studio recording. The concert portion of the DVD runs one hour and fifty five minutes.

Now, the Rhino press releases are making a big deal that this was filmed in "high definition". This is **NOT** a high def release; it is a standard def DVD release. There is no high def release (in either format) forthcoming (so IĀ“m told from Rhino). Because it was filmed in high def, this does appear to look better than most standard concert DVDĀ“s, I think.

There are four main menu selections on the DVD. "Play", "Track Selection", "Extras", and "Setup". The first two should be obvious what they are.

The setup section gives you a choice between 2.0 stereo and 5.1 surround sound.

The extras section on the DVD comprises four parts, each of which are briefly detailed below.

"Radio City" - Shows off the venue itself. WeĀ“re taken on a tour of the place by a Nicolette (Nicola?) Taylor, Production Stage Manager for RCMH. She does praise the union there, which IĀ“ll take a moment to point out is the same union that kept "Ear on the Wall" from appearing on the CD/DVD due to union rules. Runs 4 minutes, 6 seconds.

"Meet the Mob" - Interviews with fans outside the venue. To be kind, itĀ“s what you would expect from a thing like this when you talk to random fans. :) Might be cool if you were there, though. Runs 3 minutes, 14 seconds.

"Hail the Gods of Metal" - Background piece of the band, their legacy, the people in the band. Interviews with the guys in the band, as well as some of the stage people, and a couple of the people from the "Meet the Mob" sequence. Has some backstage footage of the band during warmups. Runs 5 minutes, 24 seconds.

"Heaven and Hell Road Movie" - The tour documentary film. The largest and the best of the "extras". How the whole project came together, how the album came together (Dio Years), and how the tour came together, etc, etc, etc. This also has a nice interview with the guy who designed the stage set for the tour. As this was recorded March 31st, thereĀ“s some stuff here about the Canadian dates. This is a very nice documentary of the events of this came together, and how the tour runs. Has some candid footage of the band doing other interviews, and telling a few stories, including a moment that Tony calls a "Sabbath Tap" one. Good stuff. Runs 19 minutes, 14 seconds.

The "Road Movie" also explains the origin of the "angel" thatĀ“s been used on the bandĀ“s artwork for awhile. I wonĀ“t tell you here, youĀ“ll have to go watch it. ;)

Given the quality of the music on this disc, and cheap price, itĀ“s an almost "must have purchase" to me. I personally could have done without the "666" motif in the logo and artwork though - seems a bit silly to me, but thatĀ“s a minor quibble. I saw them in Dallas on this tour, and it was quite powerful. IĀ“d seen them on the Dehumanizer tour 15 years ago, and it was impressive then. ItĀ“s still impressive now. Grab the DVD, especially if you have a good home theatre system. This will rock it for sure. :)

Joe Siegler - Webmaster
black-sabbath.com
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