VARIOUS ARTISTS - Imperative Music - The Global Metal Compilation (Volumes XIV and XV)
DVDs and Blu-rays still sell today, but due to increasing offer in streaming platforms, the demand has declined during the course of the current decade. Bands still release regularly their live shows on physical support, but video compilations become rarer and rarer in the age of YouTube.
Imperative Music from Brazil still like these compilations, and only last year they released their editions 14 and 15. Yet you canít play them on a regular DVD/Blu-ray player, but have to watch MP4 files on your computer. As modern-day laptops often come without such a player, one wonders if these kinds of releases still make sense today. I was lucky enough that my laptop has a DVD player, so I took the time to watch both DVDs. As there are just too many artists to mention, I decided to make up some Top-3 lists.
The Top-3 Classics
1. KREATOR were already a household name when I was a teenager back in the Eighties. Even though I donít follow them as much anymore as I did thirty years ago, one must say that they still
sound great. Satan Is Real is not only a solid slab of thrash metal, but also comes with a really great video clip.
The Top-3 Hopefuls
1. New Zealand is right on the other side of the world form where I live, which makes it geographically hard for bands from there to get popular in Europe. And yet WEST OF HELL play good, old
Eighties influenced thrash metal. We really have to keep our eyes open for them.
The Top-3 Frustrations
1. Video clips were originally meant to entertain. Either I want to watch a music backed story, the way it was done in the Eighties, or a live set brimming with energies. Itís therefore a
shame that more than half of the featured clip are banal lyric videos.
The Top-3 Curiosities
1. ENZO AND THE GLORY ENSEMBLE not only have a weird name, they also sound quite strange. The Italian musician is a genuine hardcore Christian and plays a white metal opera. It takes him
quite some time to get to the point in his nine-minute song. From a music point of view, this is still quite alright, but donít get me started on the religious message.
As is usually the case with Imperative video compilations, there is light and shadow. The project makers mean well, I donít doubt that, and they give young artists to present their music to a wide audience, and putting them next to established bands will surely help. And yet I wonder if it werenít more convenient and less expensive to establish a YouTube channel where advertisements might even generate some income for the artists.