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Cradle of Filth

Heavy Left Handed and Candid (DVD)

Review by Gary Hill

While this DVD is not for everyone (witness the nudity, profanity and gore that pervades it), it is quite good. It should appeal to all fans of Cradle of Filth, but would make a good introduction to the band for the unitiated fans of Gothic death-metal. It includes a wide range of material. If one runs the DVD in sequence the first thing you are greeted with is "Eleven Burial Masses", a concert video recorded in April of 2001. It is quite well shot, and the sound quality is top-notch. The 11 songs presented here certainly show the band to be in fine form both musically and theatrically. Next up is a "shockumentary" about the group. It is basically a series of short clips and brief interview segments. This segment has a rough, amateurish texture in contrast to the fairly polished and professional quality of the live footage. It also is certainly a lot of fun, showing the good-natured and humorous side of Cradle. As if that isn't enough silliness, the next section is a spoof entitled "The Blair Twit Project". It is a fine example that this band does not take themselves too seriously. The remaining items on the disc are a number of music videos, some with alternate versions, a trailer for the band's film Cradle of Fear and a feature on a modern day freak show. The DVD interface itself is very well done and rather creepy. Also all of the various segments are book ended with clips that simulate an old-horror film. So, if nudity, gore and a few bad words won't send you running from the room, and if dark metal is your thing, this DVD certainly comes highly recommended.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2002 Year Book Volume 2 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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