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Disasterpieces is the second video album by American metal band Slipknot. Released on November 22, 2002, A 3-disc Case DVD Features Slipknot performing a concert at London Dockland Arena, as well all of the bands music videos up until its release including songs from Slipknot and Iowa. The concert was filmed by 26 cameras, including a camera on the headstock of Mick Thomson's guitar and a "first person" point of view of several band-members. The show was edited in part by band member Shawn Crahan who watched all of the footage recorded from the show. Disasterpieces was met with positive critical reception, with many citing the quick editing and high sound quality as strong points. In 2005 the DVD was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA and is the band's highest selling DVD to date shipping at least 400,000 units as a longform video.


Recording And Production

Disasterpieces was recorded at the now defunct London Dockland Arena in England on February 15, 2002, it was one of the final dates on the band's European tour which was subsequently their final tour until 2004. The concert was shot with 26 different cameras under the direction of Matthew Amos and documents the show, backstage action and an in-store signing in Paris, France. In addition to operated cameras each band member had an individual camera which was attached to the side of their masks, apart from Mick Thomson whose camera was attached to the headstock of his guitar. The concept behind these cameras was to allow the viewer to see the show from the band member's point of view. However they did cause some discomfort and problems for some band members. Bassist Paul Gray removed his after four songs, explaining that "they gave us this big [camera] pack to wear around our waist. So when I was jumping around, the thing started sliding down my leg". Also during the song "Spit It Out" DJ Sid Wilson had his camera stolen when he was in the crowd, however it was returned at the end of the show, all of this is documented on the DVD. The performance was edited by percussionist Shawn Crahan and Paul Richardson. Crahan later explained that he didn't have an outline when he began editing, to the disbelief of others closest to him he watched all the footage in order to find the most appropriate footage to help immerse the viewer in the show. Additional content on the two-disc set includes all music videos by the band at the time of release and the track "Purity", which was removed from Slipknot due to legal reasons, in audio form. The DVD also gives the ability to the viewer to use the remote to change the viewing angle during "Disasterpiece" and also to view the individual band member mask cameras during "People=Shit" and "The Heretic Anthem". The DVD was unveiled at an advanced screening in New York City on November 1, 2002 and was released on November 22.


Reception

Disasterpieces was generally well received by critics. Kirk Miller of Rolling Stone complimented the multitude of camera angles and quick edits, writing that they helped to "[take] advantage of the masked metal giants' sprawling live show". Many reviewers noted on how well it captures the experience of a Slipknot live show. Reviewing for Sea of Tranquility Ken Pierce wrote of Disasterpieces, "It is a DVD that will not leave you the same as when you began". Pierce went on to add, "To define a Slipknot show as live chaos would be an understatement...It is actually difficult at times to follow what is going on, since so much is happening at the same time."Movie Freak reviewer Chris Pilch writes that "[Disasterpieces] stresses why Slipknot must be seen live in concert."Rockezine wrote for Slipknot fans, "[Disasterpieces is] everything you ever wanted to have of your favourite band".The mixing of the performance was also praised. Chris Pilch said "The sound, which is extremely important on a DVD like this, passes the test." Ottawa XPress reviewer Mitch Joel wrote that the sound was "mixed perfectly ... [making] songs like 'People = Shit', 'Spit It Out' and 'Surfacing' rocket". Overall, he concluded, "Disasterpieces is an awesome and all-embracing package." Disasterpieces peaked at number 3 in the Billboard Top Music Videos chart and rose to number 1 in Finland. On January 6, 2003 the RIAA certified Disasterpieces platinum in the United States, and it was declared quadruple platinum on November 18, 2005.


Disc 1

  1. "Opening"
  2. "People = Shit"
  3. "Liberate"
  4. "Left Behind"
  5. "Eeyore"
  6. "Set-Up"
  7. "Disasterpiece"
  8. "Soundcheck"
  9. "Purity"
  10. "Gently"
  11. "Sid Solo"
  12. "Eyeless"
  13. "In-Store (Paris)"
  14. "Joey Solo"
  15. "Mask Cams"
  16. "My Plague"
  17. "New Abortion"
  18. "The Heretic Anthem"
  19. "Spit it Out"
  20. "Wait And Bleed "
  21. "It Begins"
  22. "(Sic)"
  23. "Surfacing

Disc 2

  1. "My Plague" (New Abuse Mix)
  2. "Left Behind"
  3. "Wait And Bleed " (live)
  4. " Wait And Bleed" (Claymation Version)
  5. "Spit it Out"
  6. "Purity" (audio only)

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