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On top of their game - 95%

spikormikor13, January 1st, 2007

Live Vengeance '82 takes place during the Screaming For Vengeance tour and is a joy to watch. At this point, Priest's discography consisted of Rocka Rolla, Sad Wings of Destiny, Sin After Sin, Stained Class, Hell Bent For Leather, British Steel, Point Of Entry, and Screaming For Vengeance. What does that mean? That means Priest is on top of their game. Other than the Abysmal Point of Entry and Rocka Rolla, you can't go wrong with what they have to offer.

So, now to the actual concert. It isn't filmed in the best quality, but considering it's from 1982, it isn't bad at all. You'll occasionally see some reddish/yellowish graffiti looking things on the screen, but they're not much of a bother. Other than the few quality issues, it's filmed excellently, and doesn't change angles every half a second (Death On The Road) which makes for much better watching.

The sound of the album is in good quality too, and I don't believe it has many overdubs. One issue a lot of people seemed to have was a problem with Glenn's guitar being much lower in volume than KK's. Yes, for some reason it was mixed that way, but it really isn't "much lower" as people were saying. It is a tad bit lower, but you can still hear their guitars seperately quite well. The only noticeable thing you'll hear is that KKs solos are higher in volume than Glenn's. Other than that, it's not a big deal.

Now to the actual content. The setlist is excellent and they even manage to make a Point Of Entry song (Desert Plans) very enjoyable. They play all the classics that we'd come to expect from Priest, but at this point, You Got Another Thing Comin' hasn't become the concert ender quite yet. That's left to Hell Bent For Leather, an awesome song: two and a half minutes of excellence. The only gripe with the setlist I have is that they didn't play Beyond The Realms of Death. Other than that, there's really no issue with it. It's a great setlist and is what made me get this dvd rather than Electric Eye. The Priest....Live! concert was filmed after Turbo had been released. That's another great thing about Live Vengeance - No Turbo!

Another thing about Live Vengeance is that you get to see Priest interact with the crowd. Sure, Halford doesn't go diving into the crowd, but unlike many others he gets the crowd excited, has them chant with him, and all sorts of things. Halford and the rest of Priest really play for the fans, which is a great thing to see.

In closing, this is a great concert that any Priest fan should get. Even if you don't like Priest that much, this dvd showcases why Priest is such a great band. Starting with The Hellion and ending with Hell Bent For Leather, this is one of my favorite live concerts and being able to see Priest play 25 or so years ago is really cool to watch.

95%. If it wasn't for the few quality issues I'd definitely give it 100%.