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10 out of 10
So after watching ’Live at Brixton Academy’ I noticed one huge flaw, something that stopped me truly and completely enjoying the show, it was simple, I wasn’t there!
As cliché as this sounds, watching the DVD is the next best thing and for the benefit of the review I have actually seen Pendulum live before, maybe that’ll add a little credence to the blatant sycophantic nature of this love-fest.
The show is just outstanding, amazing energy coupled with a fantastic light show that can only be described as an epileptics worst nightmare and the crowd (much like the one I experienced) are insanely enjoying everything Pendulum throws their way. I can imagine trying to reflex this experience onto DVD is a challenge and special mention must be made to the editor who certainly had his work cut out but completely delivered with his lightning fast cuts.
What with only two albums under their belt Pendulum do a fantastic job in keeping the energy and excitement constant, all their big tracks from ’Propane Nightmares’ to ’Slam’ are perfectly performed to an adoring crowd, they also throw in their own versions of The Prodigy’s ’Voodoo People’ and Metallica’s ’Master of Puppets’ just to add a bit of spice to the mix. Essentially however, this is a tour for ’In Silico’ and this album is fully represented with it’s best work.
So I guess I should add some negative comments for variety but the problem is, I can’t find any! It’s literally delivers everything you could expect from a live Pendulum DVD and if you’re buying this sort of thing you’re already a fan. So no really discouragement but if I’m hard pressed I could say that MC Ben Mount’s rapping style has a slight penchant to annoy, mostly the odd freestyle he adds although live this is nowhere near an irritation like it can be on the DVD.
The timing of this release is perfect, Pendulum over the last six months have certainly fired on all cylinders and they’re currently striking while the iron is hot, the crowd is absolutely in love with Pendulum and in this day an age who knows how long that’ll last.
3. Fasten Your Seatbelts
4. Another Planet
5. Voodoo People (Pendulum remix)
6. Propane Nightmares
7. Blood Sugar
8. The Other Side
10. Master Of Puppets
12. Hold Your Colour
15. The Tempest