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Pain: Live is Overrated (DVD)

Peter Tagtgren remains a busy man. Not only does he juggle his successful producer's role with his popular death metal band Hypocrisy, but he also fronts the gothic/industrial/techno metal band Pain. Live is Overrated is the first DVD from Pain, and is especially timely now that the band has a few albums under their belt and are starting to make a name for themselves on the live circuit over in Europe. There's roughly two hours of goodies on this DVD, the main portion is a live performance from the Metalmania Festival in Poland back in March of 2005. In front of a rabid audience, the band plays eight songs that span their recorded discography. Tunes like "End of the Line", "Same Old Song", "Supersonic Bitch" and the anthem "Shut Your Mouth" sound just as powerful live as they do on CD. Peter has the gorgeous and gothic Andrea Odendahl and Alla Fedynitch on guitar and bass for the live show, as well as drummer David Wallin, while Tagtgren himself handles lead vocals and guitar. While it's readlily obvious that the massive amount of keyboards that the band uses in their music is provided by a computer backing track for live dates (surprising that they don't bring a keyboard player), there is so much multi-tracked vocals during this show that I'm a little suspicious that either this show was really touched up in post-production or that Pain has a vocal track that plays behind the band as well when they tour. Considering how rich and dense Pain's music is on CD, it might be hard to recreate live given that there are only 4 musicians on stage. Regardless, it's still a great set.

Another show from Poland on the same tour is presented, this one at a jam packed TV studio. The set list here is completely different, as the band plays the rampaging "Suicide Machine", the melodic electronic rocker "Nothing", and a great cover of the Beatles "Eleanor Rigby". Plus, they also do an energetic version of the catchy "On and On", one of the bands many appealing songs. Bootleg footage of two songs from a club in Finland are also includes, as well as a lengthy interview with Tagtgren where he talks about both Pain and Hypocrisy, but mainly the new Pain album Dancing with the Dead. For most Pain fans, the fun part here will be the inclusion of 7 Pain videos, all of which are very cool.

This is about as essential a DVD for Pain or Peter Tagtgren fans as you can get.

Track Listing
Metalmania 2005-Katowice, Poland, March 12th 2005
1) Supersonic Bitch
2) End of the Line
3) On Your Knees
4) Dancing with the Dead
5) It's Only Them
6) Just Hate Me
7) Same Old Song
8) Shut Your Mouth
Krzemionki TV Studio-Cracow, Poland, January 13th 2005
1) Greed
2) Breathing In, Breathing Out
3) Suicide Machine
4) Nothing
5) Eleanor Rigby
6) On and On
Tavastia Club Bootleg-Helsinki, Finland, March 29th 2005
1) Supersonic Bitch
2) End of the Line
Bonus Videoclips
1) End of the Line
2) Suicide Machine
3) On and On
4) Shut Your Mouth
5) Just Hate Me
6) Same Old Song
7) Bye/Die
Additional Bonus Features
Interview with Peter Tagtgren
Photo Gallery
Desktop Images
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound

Added: February 20th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Pain Website
Hits: 6720
Language: english

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Pain: Live is Overrated (DVD)
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-02-20 15:30:32
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Peter Tagtgren is not the type of musician who lets the grass grow under his feet in any fashion. Musically, he showcases this with Progressive Death Metal giants Hypocrisy and the band Pain; captured in concert on this DVD. He tempers these musical adventures by performing wonders in the recording studio as Producer for such Metal legends as Dimmu Borgir and Dark Funeral. Those that enjoy the work that he has done in Hypocrisy will find this Gothic Metal Industrial group to be a shock to the system unless they have an open mind. It falls better alongside that of Rammstein and Nine Inch Nails than the blistering Death Metal that he is also known for. I admit that I had only heard the name in recent months and as result was not aware of any of the music this band performed. Yet knowing the level of talent that makes up a man like Tagtgren and being someone who leans to the Power and Gothic side of Metal, the idea truly piqued my interest. The concert was filmed at the Metalmania Festival in Katowice, Poland in early 2005 and while only 8 songs in length it is a great sampling of what this band is all about.
Right off the bat I enjoyed "End Of The Line" and "Shut Your Mouth" with most of the music having a strong Metal feel to it, yet draped in the Industrial Gothic side. There is not much of the slow droning that happens sometimes in Gothic music yet in "Just Hate Me" you have a slow verse that leads to a power chord chorus and it is delivered quite well. "Same Old Song" is probably my favorite from the main feature and if people want a difference on mainstream Rock radio they should start requesting this and seeking this band on iTunes.

Bonus Features: Leave it to Peter Tagtgren to meet the standards in this area beyond most others. Given the concert feature itself is only eight songs, the group has included a second full concert filmed at a TV studio is Poland. Songs from this show are "Greed", "Breathing In Breathing Out", "Suicide Machine", "Nothing", "Eleanor Rigby", and "On And On". The combination of the two concerts gives viewers most of the band's albums on one DVD. The Beatles fan in me normally does not like drastic re-dos of their classics but I admit enjoying Pain's take on it. Two more bonus live clips are presented in "Supersonic Bitch" and "End Of The Line", filmed at a club in Helsinki, Finland. These are bootleg clips and the quality is not that great. The band's video films are included and feature "End Of The Line", "Suicide Machine", "On and On", "Shut Your Mouth", "Just Hate Me", "Same Old Song", and "Bye/Die". When you add the interviews and photos that close out the bonus stuff you find a DVD that has more goodies than some bands even include as their whole DVD.

Joining Tagtgren for the performances are Andrea Odendahl (guitar), Alla Fedynitch (bass) and David Wallin (drums). The band sounds great and makes one close out the DVD with an interest in seeing them perform live. I think Pain holds a lot of promise for music fans and those that appreciate the direction Rammstein and NIN have taken with a touch of Type O Negative might really get something out of this. I know I did.

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