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Coheed and Cambria - Live At The Starland Ballroom

For the reviewing of this DVD I invited my dear friend Maurits. Myself, I am not really familiar with the music of Coheed & Cambria, but Maurits in the contrary is one of the biggest Dutch fans of this band. So let’s put in the player then.

One of the first things we noticed is that the sound is not really what you can expect from a DVD. As we both are musicians we noticed that it was predominantly the drums that gave it a trashy sound. Especially the toms and snare sound a bit hollow. On the other hand: the guitars and vocals sound pretty clear. Anyway, you get used to the sound and halfway through the set you don’t even notice it anymore.

One of the differences though between me and Maurits listening was that I couldn’t really get into the music, whereas Maurits was sitting next to me, headbanging. And that’s not only because I’m not really familiar with the music, it’s kind of hard for non-C&C fans to follow the outline of the music.

Ok, and now for the visual side of things. It rocks. They used a lot of camera’s in all different
kind of positions and the director definitely did a good job . You can get a good impression of what it’s like to be at a C&C show, to be exact: it’s great. Lots of energy and good musicianship. Although there’s not much interaction, the crowd is eating out of their hands.
The extra’s include a live-CD of the show, two small interviews, 4 video clips (of which one is a ‘making of' and a live registration of 2004 Skate and Surf festival (4 songs). Which is really sufficient for a DVD we thought. But, taking into consideration that one of those interviews is not really taken seriously by the band members, we found it a pity that there wasn’t a lot of background information on it.

Overall we think this DVD is well worth buying for fans of the band. But if you are not familiar with them, you might want to buy a CD instead. Because on CD the beauty of the music gets shown to full advantage.