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Taste of Chaos DVD/CD Review
by Jacob McDaniel

There are many facets to scrutinize when examining the Taste of Chaos CD/DVD. If this release has anything going for it, it's the shooting of the DVD and bulk amount of material. Band interviews, fan footage, and other commentary are well placed throughout the disc, dividing the live performances into neat, short segments. The filming was apparently also well planned, offering close ups and alternate angles throughout. As for a final positive, the non-performance segments can be viewed separate from the shows, and a photo gallery is tacked onto disc as well, offering around ninety minutes of total viewing.

However, the disc (and tour) has its fair share of shortcomings. Although the premise of the tour was to unite some of the best bands (and fans) of punk, metal, and hardcore, nearly every band sounds the same. The guitarists that try to add a little power to their power chords come off as Zakk Wylde, pre-No More Tears. Some of the drumming is impressive, but each drummer lacks distinction when the next drummer on the bill plays the same fills. As far as vocals are concerned, melodies are normally passed up for growling. This comes off as being worse than it is because of the lack of contrast. Although an acoustic stage was setup to feature some of the lesser-known bands, they are given a minute's attention (at most) on the DVD, and they seem to approach their performances like bands that have been robbed of their electric gear. The audio disc is primarily the same, other than a couple of acoustic songs from the small stage bands.

If you enjoy most of the artists on the track list, you couldn't ask for better footage. However, if you're looking for a live show of My Chemical Romance or The Used, look elsewhere, as the DVD contains only three songs between the two best known bands on the tour. If you haven't heard of these artists, then thank your lucky stars that you're not me.

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