Clutch – Full Fathom Five Visual Field Recordings 2007-2008 DVD Review

Posted: July 25, 2011 by kingcrimsonprog in Metal, Music Reviews, Rock, Rock DVD

Clutch - Full Fathom Five Visual Field Recordings 2007-2008 DVD

Clutch - Full Fathom Five Visual Field Recordings 2007-2008 DVD

Clutch’s Full Fathom Five: Visual Field Recordings 2007-2008 is the band’s first live DVD released in 2008 during the sold out world tour hot on the heels of their From Beale Street To Oblivion album.

The DVD compiles footage from four different concerts; Pittsburg, Sayreville and Boulder in the USA and Sydney in Australia. The main problem with the DVD is that rather than play each concert in order all together in one go each, the film switches between them, which may annoy some viewers. Furthermore, when switching between them it isn’t a straight cut, but rather a five or six second title card comes up every single time, which can get a little annoying especially on repeat listens.

The band play a mixture of material from most of their studio albums, dropping in early material like ‘Texan Book Of The Dead,’ ‘Animal Farm,’ and ‘The Elephant Riders,’ with newer moments like ‘The Devil And Me,’ ‘10001110101,’ and of course their fan favourite ‘The Mob Goes Wild.’

The performance is great, as the band are all incredible musicians and a really tight unit, delivering the songs in a very energetic and impressive fashion that for the most part outstrips their studio counterparts. Drummer J P Gastor gets a drum solo and Vocalist Neil Falon does an absolutely phenomenal job throughout.

The audio and video quality is decent on some shows and good on others, and the band play with different attitudes on all the shows, some loose and bluesy, some a hammering rock unit. I guess that’s why they chose to include four different shows rather than one complete show, it is more representative of how they are live, where the band are most at home.

To summarize Full Fathom Five: Visual Field Recordings 2007-2008 is a great DVD showcasing Clutch on top form, Clutch fans should love it and if you don’t mind the interrupting title card and choice of sequencing, then I highly recommend it.

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