It pains me to say this but I’m not that impressed with it.
I’ve been a fan since the Broken EP, have bought everything that has been put out since, so I was really looking forward to seeing this DVD. Everything that you expect is present and correct. Great packaging. Cool menus. Brilliant audio and visual quality. The shows that were recorded looked spectacular. Lights, smoke, more lights, lots of thrashing around onstage by Trent and his cohorts. All the songs that you expect if you saw the With Teeth tour. But just something missing… maybe it was Trent’s hair.
The DTS sound seemed a little too cold and clinical. Each song they played had a little twist to it. Not so much that you didn’t recognise it but enough to make it seem unfamiliar. The bulk of the footage seemed to be filmed way back from the stage, no doubt to show-off the lights. And throughout the main 90 minutes you only saw the faces of the crowd twice towards the end. You can’t miss the fans but you only ever get to see their arms holding up mobile phone cameras.
The only part of the disc that made the hair stand up on the back of my neck was a video of them rehearsing ‘The Collector’ that’s part of the extras.
Possibly the greatest live footage of Nine Inch Nails has already been filmed but is not officially available… and that’s Woodstock 1994. All of the band members covered in mud, a really distorted sound and Trent breaking everything that he could.