Himsa, "You've Seen Too Much : Live in Seattle, 2004"
I'd never been much of a fan of concert DVDs, and I'd never before heard Himsa, so from the band's perspective (not that they had any choice here), it was risky at best to entrust You've Seen too Much (Live in Seattle 2004) DVD to my care.
The main attraction consists of ten tracks mostly from the band's Courting Tragedy and Disaster CD recorded at Seattle's Graceland theater and represents the band's homecoming after over a year touring. The footage is all either black and white or washed in red, but it's effective and with the rowdy crowd and tons of stage diving, even watching this DVD on mute would be entertaining (especially the parts where a few sorry fuckers dive when the band is between songs and nobody catches them).
The best part about Himsa's show, however, is the music. These guys, though forever indebted to At the Gates, The Haunted and In Flames, sure know how to play some good shit. In fact, one of my chores this weekend is to go purchase myself a copy of Courting Tragedy and Disaster and play it until I can't stand it anymore. Sure, they play metalcore, but the band thoroughly uses speed, melody and razor sharp early-Haunted style riffs to deliver their message. The songs are dirtier, heavier and more metal than 99% of their competition and with the weighty vocals that never cross the line into sounding whiney, Himsa's got themselves a winning formula, for sure.
The one negative aspect of this DVD is that in between songs there are clips of the band on the road, eating food (with coat hangers) and hanging out, and it kind of breaks up the feel of being at the concert, but it's more of an annoyance than a serious issue. It is also easily forgiven since the band has been so kind as to include quality music videos of "A Girl in Glass" and "Rain to the Sound of Panic," as well as some other little extras.
As concert DVDs go, this one captures an active crowd going berserk to some really high quality metalcore. The band's pumped to be playing to their hometown fans, and their enthusiasm shows plainly. I really don't think Siskel and Ebert could have denied this movie the "two thumbs up," which just so happens to be my verdict as well.Peter Johnston