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Coheed and Cambria

The Last Supper – Live At Hammerstein Ballroom DVD

Review by Greg Olma

Coheed and Cambria is a new discovery for me.  I know, they have been around for a while but seeing them live recently on the Heaven and Hell North American Tour made me a fan.  Since I had nothing by these guys, I figured I would get a DVD because I like the visual aspect of concerts and what better way to try to relive the whole concert experience than by getting a concert DVD.  The Last Supper is a really good DVD but there is room for improvement.  Some of the editing and picture quality is not up to today’s standards but I can look past that a little because it gives it that bootleg charm.  Also, the back of the DVD states that there is an interview with Claudio Sanchez but I can’t seem to get it (unless it is through an “easter egg”). 

On the plus side, you get a show that consists of 11 tracks and a really good light show.  I like the fact that they kept the lights fairly dark because it gave it more of a concert feel.  Too many new DVDs bleach out the colors of live shows so that they don’t really resemble each other.  The performances of each member are great and I wish I had been a fan when I first saw them so that I could have appreciated the show more.  The songs that really stand out on The Last Supper are “Ten Speed (Of God’s Blood And Burial)”, “The Suffering” and my personal favorite “Welcome Home”.  Another plus is the really reasonable price tag.  I bought this one for $12.99 and I must say, it is worth every penny.  Considering most music DVDs come in at the $19.99 mark, this is kind of a bargain.

The Last Supper is a little short on bonus features.  Aside from the absent interview I mentioned earlier, they give you 3 bonus videos.  Normally, I might give a product like this a less favorable review but I think the cost and the main feature are enough.  Heck, I would buy this for just the concert footage alone.  If you are a Coheed and Cambria fan, you probably have this but for new fans (or folks out there that like a good metallic progressive band in the vein of Dream Theater), then this is a great place to start.  It has, what I have come to find out, some of their “hits” but it is performed on their stage and not as a back-up like the tour I just saw them on.  Now I’m off to buy some of their CDs.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2009  Volume 5 at lulu.com/strangesound.

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