Strapping Young Lad: For Those About To Rock-Live At The Commodore”

I am not the biggest SYL fan. I like the occasional song, but as a whole, I don’t get all the hype surrounding ‘Heavy Devy’ and company. I do have to say that the DVD does give a lot of insight into what the band is really about and why people like them. First off, they have way more of a sense of humor than I gave then credit for. When a guy has hair like Devin Townsend and can refer to it as a ‘skull-let’ you have to give him a little credit. He should cut that shit off, but if not, at least he can laugh at himself, not to mention he looks like Mark Green from ER with long hair which is funny unto itself. The show rocks out for 14 songs and shows many of the hijinks the band has become known for live. They are an enjoyable bunch on stage whether you like them or not. The DVD features some really good backstage footage and interviews with the band, with the main focus of bashing on their keyboard player as the band whipping boy. In the case of checking out SYL for the first time, if you had the chance to rent this, (maybe on Netflix or something similar) this is a much better introduction than just listening to any of the albums. If you are a fan of the band, the multi-camera angle shoot and the sound quality alone make this an excellent purchase. If you hate the band, even the stage show they put on isn’t enough reason for you to pick this up. If you are like me, and a casual listener, you probably will enjoy watching it, but you may not feel compelled to own it. (Century Media, 2323 W. El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250) – Myk.

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