Anthrax go crazy in front of a mad crowd

Anthrax have released their new live DVD ‘Chile On Hell’ on 16th September. The DVD is the fourth live video document the band has recorded. It has been filmed at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile and was produced by Joe Ruston.

If you are wondering whether or not you really need another live DVD from one of the veterans of the thrash metal genre then the answer has to be yes. ‘Chile On Hell’ features Anthrax with a classic full-length set in an absolute crazy atmosphere. Other than the recent release of the Big 4 shows you get to see the complete dynamic of an Anthrax set.

The song choice covers all different phases of the band but has a strong focus on the ‘classic’ period of the 80ies and early 90ies. Songs like ‘Caught In A Mosh’, ‘Madhouse’ and ‘Indians’ are mixed with a few tracks from Anthrax’s latest studio release. Songs like ‘Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t’ and ‘The Devil You Know’ work well in the middle of all these classic tracks. The band throws in a short reference to the Scott Ian’s and Charlie Benante’s side project Stormtroopers Of Death with ‘March Of The S.O.D.’ rounding off the set list with a couple of covers in form of ‘Raining Blood’ and ‘T.N.T’. The song choice certainly doesn’t leave any questions unanswered.

The production isn’t any less impressive. The whole footage includes a lot of on-stage shots which capture the madness and the energy of an Anthrax show. You get close-ups from Frank Bello and Scott Ian via cameras mounted onto their instruments, cameras following Joey Belladona’s view into the crowd and close ups of Charlie Benante’s impressive work on the drum set. The editing keeps the show interesting switching between the different camera angles, off- and onstage shots and split-screen scenes. Every 15 to 20 minutes the show is intercut with footage from throughout the band’s career including interview scenes, other stage performances and some guest appearances with Megadeth’s David Ellefson among others.

Overall ‘Chile On Hell’ is a great show documentary. Scott Ian moshes like it is 1987, Charlie Benante hits it hard (his drum solo proves that he still one of the finest drummers) and Frank Bello goes crazy with his signature moves of a madman singing along to all the songs and headbanging hard. Joey Belladonna is not at the top of his voice but pulls off a decent performance. All this happens in front of an absolute wild crowd with circle pits and fireworks in the audience right from the start. This contributes to the anarchic atmosphere that Anthrax is so famous for.

01. Among The Living
02. Caught In A Mosh
03. I Am The Law
04. Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
05. A Skeleton In The Closet
06. March Of The S.O.D. (Stormtroopers Of Death cover)
07. In The End
08. Deathrider
09. T.N.T. (AC/DC cover)
10. I’m Alive
11. Indians
12. Medusa
13. In My World
14. Got The Time (Joe Jackson cover)
15. Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t

Encore:

16. I’m The Man/ Raining Blood (Slayer cover)
17. Madhouse
18. Antisocial (Trust cover)