Kreator, "At the Pulse of Kapitulation - Live in East Berlin 1990"
Kreator and SPV did a real bang up job with this reissue here. It not only contains the reissue of the old VHS Hallucinative Comas and Live in East Berlin, but they also include a documentary about the East Berlin show and an audio disc of the Live in East Berlin set. They spared no expense or pain in the making of this one and it shows.
First the main course, Live in East Berlin. The same set is on the audio disc and the DVD so the same review can speak for both. The sound, as well as the band, is dead on. The best part is hearing how good Mille Petrozza sounds live, as the last few times I've seen Kreator he was a bit off. The video is a bit annoying as for some reason they would go to black and white on occasion and the picture would get really jumpy when they did this. No doubt it was deliberate, but it was annoying too. I am often accused of not having my vertical hold in the first place, I don't need to be losing it when watching an old Kreator set. The set list is probably their finest ever, as it consists only of material up to Extreme Aggression. Ripping Corpse might be the only song on here they didn't use that I wanted to hear but the rest are all here, including a few I don't expect to hear anytime soon, most notably Bringer of Torture and a full, uninterrupted version of Pleasure to Kill. The between song banter is all in German so I can't tell you a thing about it, as I don't sprechen sie Deustch. The only problem I have here is the drum solo, because I'm just not a fan of those on principle. This set alone would be worth the money, but wait, there's more.
Let's talk about the dessert for this course; they included a documentary about the concert this was recorded at, in the recently opened East Berlin. This was a trip behind the newly fallen Iron Curtain. Sadly the band are nowhere to be found in it, but various East German metal journalists and veterans of the metal scene were and they discussed the show and how extreme metal was able to find a foothold in one of the more totalitarian cultures of the 20th century. Google the word Stasi if you don't believe me. The only real connection to Kreator on this part is they talked to Andy Sneap who produced the Enemy of God, and also played with Sabbat who was part of that show, along with Tankard and Coroner. A full documentary about the metal scene behind the Iron Curtain needs to be made methinks because this really whetted my appetite for more. Sam Dunn, I'm looking at you. There is gold to be mined here.
Finally there is the Hallucinative Comas VHS. To be honest this is the low point on the DVD as it's four videos from the Coma of Souls album linked together with vignettes about a Dr. Wagner who shows up in the Terror Zone video. I haven't got the slightest idea what is supposed to be going on in this story, but it does involve one of the better throat slashings I've seen in recent memory. The videos are for the songs People of the Lie, Twisted Urges, Coma of Souls and Terror Zone.
Overall, there is plenty of bang for your buck. I recommend this one strongly.K.Huckins