Incubus
Alive at Red Rocks (DVD)


5.0
classic

Review

by Damrod EMERITUS
January 20th, 2005 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Incubus
Alive at Red Rocks


Incubus are:
Brandon Boyd (voc), Mike Einziger (gui), Jose Pasillas II (drums), Ben Kenney (bass), Chris Kilmore (tables)


Some general impressions
So this is the 'First live DVD' by Incubus, as the packaging states. Kinda wrong to me, as I wonder what the other Incubus DVD of mine is then ('The Morning View Sessions'). Nevertheless, I was very curious about this when I first saw it, as it features the set list of the 'A crow left of the murder'-tour, and thus is what I saw ona concert in April. The concert at Red Rocks was recorded was on July 26 2004.

The concert gives a good tour through the last four albums by Incubus (SCIENCE, Make yourself, Morning View, A.C.L.O.T.M.), with a bit more stuff from the latest release. But that was to be expected. The scene of the concert is breathtaking, and I think the DVD can not in part give you the impression and atmosphere that must have been there at Red Rocks. The illuminated walls are a great scenery, and when you see the shots of the crowd and the surroundings, you wish you could have been there. :) If you ever have been on a concert of the last tour, you get a good reminder of what you expirienced. I at least wished me back in April ;)

The sound quality is upper class. The mix and quality of all instruments is superb, still you can tell it's a live performance. Excellent work. Picture quality is good as well. The 'airtime' of all band members is almost equal, you get to see everyone of 'em a good time, though the main focus is on Brandon. Not much extra stuff on there, the only extras you get on the DVD are a bunch of photos and 5 computer animated visuals to various songs of the set list. But, not the big thing. On the other hand, it's good they saved up on the extras, and put the full lenght concert on there. Playtime is 1 hour and nearly 50 minutes. That is a bit more then twice the length of 'The Morning View Sessions' concert. That rocks. Big time.

What I really like about the album:
Especially the older songs are amazing. They give songs like 'Drive', 'Nice to know you' or 'Wish you were here' great new twists. This is mostly because of the bass lines Ben plays, When I saw and heared it for the first time with the ease of sitting on my couch, I thought: "****, not a bad bassist after all. No, not AT ALL!" The pinacle of the whole live thing is probably 'Sick Sad Little World'. It was the glorious moment of many on the latest album, and it will surely be on this DVD. It had a playtime of almost 7 minutes on the album, and I take a rough shot: I guess it has over 10 minutes in this concert. It's incredible. 'Drive' as well. Instead of the acoustic performance, Mike takes it out on a piano track. Add that insane bass line Ben plays... golden.

Another plus are the great Interludes they all play between the songs. Best there would be an interlude that develops to a drum and percussion trio of Jose, Ben and Brandon. It was a killer when I saw it live, and it is on this DVD as well. I don't know what I could point out further, this is in general, just really great stuff.

What was not so good:
Still, some little things that I did not like, but those are really minor. Ben did so much great stuff to the older material, but on 'A certain shade of green' it's really cheap. One of the things I always loved about that song was the slap part during the verse. But he just skips it! A bit poor... Plus, the sound of his bass sometimes does not fit for me. It does on 98% of the time. But on one or two songs I thought to myself: "That would sound so much better with another bass..." But apart from that, everything cool.

The Bonus CD:
Ok, there is a five track EP in there as well. It is nice material, but nobody should even think about buying this bundle only because of this EP. You get a studio version of 'Pantomime', and the song from the Halo 2 Soundtrack, 'Follow'. Nice idea, as Brandon picks up the choir sounds of the Halo Main Theme on the beginning of the song. 'Monuments and Melodies' is a more quiet song, it could be compared to songs like 'Here in my room'. Hm, the Live versions of 'Are you in?' and 'Circles' speak for themselfs. Like I said, nice material, and the Extra stuff that the DVD itself lacked.

Summary:
Though I probably have not mentioned all great aspects of the concert, I'm 100% sure that this is the stuff to get if you like Incubus and have a DVD player. I have not got many DVD in my hands that were so great, and feature such a great concert and such a long playtime. If 'Morning View Sessions' was great, this is twice or thrice as good as that one. I can only suggest it to everyone that ever saw them live, and wants a great reminder of that time. Sadly, the DVD can not catch the great atmosphere of an Incubus gig, or if only in parts. Neither can it, IMO catch the atmosphere of the scene at Red Rocks. So for a better expirience, it's good if you saw them on the last tour. When I saw the concert for the first time, I felt that certain feeling around my stomach I had while standind in front of the stage. Nice.

So, if you're looking for a great concert DVD by Incubus, get this. It's the one and only. If you would like to see more background stuff, abut the band, recording of albums etc, you should rather get 'The Morning View Sessions' DVD.

Rating: Nothing less then 4.5/5 :thumb:



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mx
Moderator
January 21st 2005


733 Comments


It's pretty interesting that the new bassist changes some of the old material.. I'd be interested in hearing it, as I am a big Incubus fan

RomoCosmo14
April 23rd 2005


67 Comments


I actually saw these guys in concert and it was practically the same exact thing except for some song changes. So its like i recorded my incredible concert i went to it's awsome!

i know exactly what u mean

Hellraiser
June 19th 2005


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They're amazing live.

BringHomeTheBacon
July 18th 2005


248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review and great DVD. Yea Incubus is amazing live. This really shows off all of the members' talents well (...well I don't know if turntables requires much talent).

DesolationRow
July 18th 2005


833 Comments


Yeah, Ben Kenney is a great bass player. Still prefer Dirk though. This was a great review.

Skyler
January 20th 2006


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Is it just me or can you not hear Mike or Ben very well on this DVD?

Damrod
Moderator
January 20th 2006


1093 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I think the mix is ok, and everyone is audible and hearable :confused:

NuMetalMania
January 20th 2006


325 Comments


These guys have good Acoustics (drive etc etc). They are a quiet band tho i think. Quiet achivers.

Storm In A Teacup
January 20th 2006


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I could have sworn I commented on this, before 2006. :confused:
Oh well, this is an excellent dvd, very enjoyable throughout. Even though they're not completely original, Incubus still manages to bring something new to the table.

Skyler
January 21st 2006


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[quote=Damrod]I think the mix is ok, and everyone is audible and hearable [/quote]
It just seems like Mike's volume is significanty lower than usual, and I can barely hear Ben at all. I've seen them live numerous times and I've never had trouble hearing the band. Maybe my TV just sucks.

Damrod
Moderator
January 23rd 2006


1093 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Hm, it's been a while I watched it, I'll do that to verify if I have some spare time

Two-Headed Boy
March 2nd 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Huge review. The drum trio/solo is just awesome. Red Rocks is an awesome place to hold a concert.

oldmate
March 25th 2006


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

mate an awsome dvd i got for $15 bucks n cos it was that cheao i thought it wasnt gonna be that good but i watched it and it was the best dvd ive ever seen!!!!!

riobravo1023
March 25th 2006


274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I thought that Ben was a little too loud on this DVD, actually. Everything else was great, with "Sick Sad Little World" definitely being my highlight of this performance.


Shaft!
March 27th 2006


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I liked this DVD a lot, especially the live version of "Sick, Sad Little World".
My only complaint is that I can barely hear Mike, period. I don't think it's a matter of Ben or Brandon or Jose or even Kilmore being too loud, I just think he was turned down way too low.


rustysurf84
June 12th 2006


327 Comments


great DVD from incubus.
as you said, Red Rocks looks absoultly amazing.
and nice review as well.

Storm In A Teacup
August 10th 2006


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

:eek: And you said you've never rated anything a 5 before. :p
This is a pretty good DVD+CD. My mom likes it a lot more than I do though. She's a big Incubus fan.

Chewy12345
September 2nd 2006


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This dvd is amazing, its what got me into Incubus.

unlearnme
October 31st 2006


25 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i don't know, i was kind of disappointed.

Chris7
February 10th 2007


5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Kenney plays such great, technical and at the same time just flowing and beautiful bass lines. though he´s playing so much of them, they never annoy just a tiny bit. same for the guitars, drums and vocals... though some of mike´s vocs aren´t live, but it´s ok. i was surprised. my all-time-favourite of live dvd´s, i can really imagine the scenery of red rocks and the show as unforgettable. once more great stuff of a great band.



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