Death - _Live in LA - Death and Raw_
(Nuclear Blast, 2001)
by: Chris Flaaten (10 out of 10)
I am not very keen on live albums. They are usually just a "best of", routine-like and overproduced. Rarely do they capture the actual feel of the concert. I can think of a few exceptions, however, and this record is the best of them all! The title is highly appropriate: this is Death at their rawest, and the live feeling is maintained to the fullest. Unpolished and almost flawlessly executed, their performance is truly awesome. Drummer Richard Christy deserves extra credit -- filling the shoes of both Gene Hoglan and Sean Reinert as well as he does here is quite the feat. The live album contains thirteen songs, taken from every Death album except _Spiritual Healing_. The emphasis is on the last two albums, with a combined total of seven songs. Of course there are other songs I wish were on it, but it is hard fitting seven albums worth of solid material in a live album. Buy this album ASAP and help out Chuck at the same time -- that's a win-win situation if I ever saw one.

(article published 19/10/2001)

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