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Hades - Bootlegged In Boston 1988
In the huge wave of thrash metal bands in the mid 80’s, Hades was a band to be overlooked by a lot of people. Not totally what they deserve! They started rehearsing in the early 80’s, but it took until 1987 to release their first album. The band did loads of opening spots on tours for bands like Nuclear Assault, Megadeth and released another album in 1989, but after that they broke up and disappeared from the face of the earth. In 1999 they reformed and since then, they released 3 full length albums on Metal Blade Records.
As the title of this DVD already reveales, this DVD concentrates on the early days of Hades. This DVD is divided in 3 parts, the live footage from ’88, the behind the metal documentary and the bonus part. As for the bonus part, we can skip that very quickly! It’s just one crappy shot video-clip from the last album. Not worth watching though!
The live footage part is pretty o.k.! The live footage was shot on a supporting show for Manowar, Nuclear Assault and Wargasm on New Year’s Day in 1988 in Boston. The great thing is that at that time, Hades just released their debut album and were working on their second one, so we get to see only songs from the first two records. The quality of the footage is decent, but in a bootleg VHS-tape kind of way. Decent picture and sound, nothing more nothing less! Musically this band is on the same path as bands like Overkill, Anthrax, with a high pitched vocalist. The show lasts for about 30 minutes.
The best part of the DVD is definitely the ‘Behind The Metal’ documentary. This whole documentary gives a good insight of how the thrash-metal scene was evolving in that time. We see all the present and ex-members from Hades, explaining the history and the birth of Hades. Really fun is to see the embryo-phase of the band in 1980, being a cover band doing Judas Priest, Motorhead, Iron Maiden covers. By these stories, we see slowly how Hades evolved from a cover-band into the thrash machine they were at the end! These interviews are filmed in a irritating way though, with the camera-man flying constantly from one angle to another angle. Luckily the rest of the documentary is filled in with loads of old live footage, pictures, old MTV ‘Headbangers Ball’ material and more. This makes the documentary interesting. Another interesting thing is that they talk with all the present/ex-members, about what they do now in their present days. It’s funny to hear that they old bass-player became a taekwondo teacher. I love the build -up in this documentary from the old history to the new history.
If you want to find out more about the old thrash-metal days, then this is a pretty decent DVD to buy. If you want to see some professional filmed live footage, I suggest you look for another DVD.
Hades - Bootlegged In Boston 1988
67/1001Details Cruz Del Sur Music
Released on Sunday Jan 25th, 2009
Thrash Metal

Writer @RoyBalowski on Tuesday Mar 31st, 2009

Tags: #Hades
Tracklisting Live in Boston 1988

01. Opinionate!
02. The Leaders?
03. Diplomatic Immunity
04. In The Meantime
05. Aftermath Of Betrayal
06. I Too Eye
07. Nightstalker
Line up Ed Fuhrman - guitar
Dan Lorenzo - guitar
Alan Tecchio - vocals
Tom Coombs - drums
Jimmy Schulman - bass