Sweden’s most renowned technical extremists MESHUGGAH have done it again. Their first live DVD, Alive, has debuted at No. 8 on the Nielsen SoundScan Top Music DVD Video chart. Sharing the Top 10 slots are Michael Jackson, Celtic Thunder, Reba McEntire, Celtic Woman, Beyonce, Pink, Il Divo, and Journey.
Shot by director/producer Ian McFarland of Killswitch Productions during MESHUGGAH’s 2009 North American tour and their 2008 performance at the Loudpark Festival in Tokyo, Japan, Alive contains concert footage of selections from the band’s Billboard Top 200-charting 2008 release, obZen, in addition to their time-tested career staples. Gracefully interlacing the live tracks are behind-the-scenes vignettes shot in black & white that give Alive a concert film feel so unlike many of the live DVDs currently on the market. The result is a visceral, visual abduction into the band’s metric insanity-in-action.
“Artfully lensed, beautifully edited and insanely deep, [‘Alive’] is the closest most of us will get to MESHUGGAH. On stage and off.” – Decibel