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Arch Enemy - Tyrants Of The Rising Sun - Live In Japan
After a worldwide tour in support of their latest record Rise Of The Tyrant, Arch Enemy now comes up with a DVD for the ones who missed one of their shows or as a souvenir for those who were present. I belong to the second group, ‘cause I saw them play a great show in Amsterdam. Arch Enemy has been one of the most successful extreme metal bands in the Japanese market for more than 10 years now, so it wasn’t very shocking when they announced that the DVD was shot in Tokyo. With Andy Sneap amongst others helping, they’re trying to exceed their magnificent previous DVD Live Apocalypse.
The quality of the footage, the sound, the lights, many people must have put much effort in this release to realize the product they’ve now delivered. The big venue is also a beautiful place for filming such a DVD and the band and the audience are on fire during the whole show. Both parties are very energetic and very enjoyable to witness. The songs played are great live, both old and new songs and the solos are very tight. This show in Japan couldn’t have been a better way to close the World Tyranny Tour-chapter. The only critic that this band possibly could get is the way they approach a gig. In their set there is no room for any spontaneous action or whatsoever, but on the other hand why should you if you can deliver such a craftsmanship? Musicals and operas are also every night exactly the same, so why bitching against a metal band that approaches its performance in this way? Just enjoy these 90 minutes of pure fucking metal!
Tyrants Of The Rising Sun – Live In Japan also offers a couple of extras besides the concert. First of all you can witness the documentary ‘The Road To Japan’. During this documentary you’ll get an inside view about the relation between Arch Enemy and Japan. Furthermore they’re giving you some information about the songwriting on the Rise Of The Tyrants album. Although it is interesting what they’re telling, the whole documentary is a bit dull though. The three promotional videos, two for the song ‘Revolution Begins’ and one for ‘I Will Live Again’, are nice to watch once. In general you’ll have to buy this DVD for its main feature, ‘cause the extras aren’t worth it. Mainly due to the lack of interesting extras Live Apocalypse will remain my favorite Arch Enemy DVD, but it turned out to be a close call.