Incorporating The Music Fix
25th October 2011 06:00:00
Posted by Steven Burnett

Black Country Communion - Live Over Europe

Black Country Communion truly are the living embodiment of Classic Rock magazine; featuring the world’s hottest rock guitarist in the shape of Joe Bonamassa and genuine rock royalty in the redoubtable form of Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes they are the perfect antidote to the clinical Cubase generation of metal. Add to this the keyboard stabs of Dream Theatre’s Derek Sherinian and the thunderous cavalcade of pounding beats exploding from Jason Bonham’s kit and you’ve got a real force to be reckoned with. This package documents their no nonsense 2010 decimation of Europe’s concert halls with some incendiary concert footage and a neat ‘making of’ documentary.


The title sequence sets the scene: clanking cogs and blasts of steam thrust the viewer back to the industrial midlands of the UK, from where the beast that became heavy metal was born. This project is a testament to the enduring power of rock and, as you’d expect, no punches are pulled. The onslaught begins with a cataclysmic Glenn Hughes led assault on the riff-fest of their eponymous ‘Black Country’. Hughes is, as ever, an arresting presence on stage and his voice still retains the power to melt minds and burst blood vessels. He’s given the occasional breather, however, on the occasions when axeman Bonamassa takes over the vocal duties, such as on the monumental ‘Ballad of John Henry’ which is underpinned by a devastating drum pattern which finds Bonham channelling the power and spirit of his late, great father.

This is an exceptional package which, taking in the majority of their recorded ouvre, will appeal to both the casual observer and the devoted fan alike. The eighteen song concert footage, filmed over three nights in the German cities of Hamburg, Munich and Berlin, was filmed with 14 HD cameras and the results, particularly the shallow depth of field, are stunning. Highly recommended.
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