||It seems in a day of ever advancing technology,
bands that never would have even had a video ten years ago, are getting
DVDs today. Merciless has been around for a almost twenty years and
isn’t a band that you would think of having a DVD, but I guess
it was inevitable. “Live Obsession” is a two DVD set,
with the first disc being a live show recorded May 27, 2003 in Stockholm.
Everyone seems to be doing live recordings in Stockholm; it’s
a great place for metal! A few parts were hard to listen to. They
aren’t tight all the time, at least not much as I expected.
I wonder if my expectations are too high for a band that has been
on the scene for a while. The recording was fine, but it made me feel
like a second rate DVD due to some of the camera angles. Still, the
crowd was up for this one, many people were moshing, horns in the
air, and there was tons of head banging. The lead singer remind me
of Matti Karki of Dismember with his presence on stage, and the musicians
of the band always seem to be moving and bobbing their heads. It would
seem that they play to crowd. For me, its not an overwhelming performance,
but full of energy and above mediocrity. Disc two is the biography
along with Hultsfred Festival Footage and behinds the scene shots,
music videos, biography and discography. The festival footage was
very bootleg like, half the time the crowd was in the way and it made
you feel like you were on a boat; the camera was always moving. The
best parts are the behind the scenes shots, you gets some laughs.
There are some music videos on disc two as well, but nothing that
is really all that great. If they were supposed to be making music
videos you would think they would get some video footage first. It
looks like they took what they had lying around added it to the songs.
It doesn’t do the music justice. What all this bonus material
really did was to add a nice nostalgic quality, it isn’t necessary
good. There is a lot for death/thrash metal fans on this DVD, it might
be worth you checking it out.