Lunacy, mayhem, and most of all a celebration of heavy metal and of a lost brother to the genre, Madder Than A Full Moon Dog is one of those films and experiences you come out of feeling you were there and part of something special. Filmed at the UK’s Full Moon Dog Festival in 2012, the DVD throws sweat, noise, and passion at the senses, all rolled up in the love of one of metal’s charismatic frontmen.
Held at the Cockpit in Leeds, the 2012 Full Moon Dog Festival shows you via the film everything a major festival does not have, the intimacy and unbridled passion of the bands, organisers, and fans united in one purpose, music and celebration. Bringing a mix of live performances, interviews, and back stage antics, there is no selfish intent or endeavour to the occasion which in itself makes the event and film a refreshing encounter. Though not surprising, the affection for Jay-Jay Winter, one of the founders and vocalist/bassist of Asomvel, just fires up the emotions as the camera takes the viewer right into the heart of the festival. Sadly taken from the world in 2010 in a road accident, Asomvel and UK metal was hit hard by the loss of one of the most potent metal protagonists but picked themselves up with the presence of the man still by their side. The event celebrates and parties with his spirit as a host of bands and fans revel in his inspiration and the muscular arms of heavy energy dealing rock ‘n’ roll.
Directed by Deborah Louise Robinson, the Wienerworld released film also brings a rare and honest glimpse into the world of heavy metal, uniting those on and before the stage in a sinew clad rampage of passion drenched, fire bred metal. From the opening slice of the Asomvel track Full Moon Dog followed by their live performance of Stone Cold Stare, the film thrusts the viewer into live madness and back-stage tomfoolery. Across 83 minutes the likes of Orange Goblin, Mercenary, and of course Asomvel, amongst a great many, recall with relish their times and adventures with Winter to interviewer Rob Webb whilst Toby Craven-Griffiths takes his microphone into the fans for similarly celebratory anecdotes, proving that the man was one of us and a personal friend with so many of the attendees. Smiles and mischief are never absent from playing in front of the camera either, and not all alcohol fuelled, as people throw themselves into the show to eagerly relate their own individual meetings and ventures with Winter.
The live footage is impressive and powerful, bands such as Stiletto Farm, the band of Winter’s nephew Stel, Mercenary, Dark Forest, Triaxis, Stuka Squadron, and Screaming Eagles unleashing all their sound and passion to enflame the fevered crowds. There are no weak moments in quality and energy from all performances but certainly some moments stand out as a lingering memory; the sight of seeing and feeling Asomvel unleashing Stone Cold Stare and Eliminator scorching air with We Rule the Night sending shivers down the spine whilst Orange Goblin uncaging Round Up the Horses just proves that British metal still rules.
Hilarious, poignant, and thoroughly compelling, the DVD leaves you almost as exhausted as those involved and just as wholly satisfied. It is an outstanding insight to a small and important festival, to the weight and potency of British metal, and the comradeship of its creators lost and present. Not many live DVDs/films truly capture the essence and nature of the beast like Madder Than A Full Moon Dog, which makes its masterful and no holds barred look at the heart of metal even more irresistible and an urgent investigation for all metallers.
Live performances track listing:
· “Full Moon Dog” – Asomvel
· “Stone Cold Stare” – Asomvel
· “Death before Dishonour” – Stiletto Farm
· “Black Shadow” – Mercenary
· “The Wizard of Alderley Edge” – Dark Forest
· “Stand for Something” – Orange Goblin
· “We Rule the Night” – Eliminator
· “Drudgery” – Asomvel
· “Black Trinity” – Triaxis
· “Round Up the Horses” – Orange Goblin
· “Tales of the Ost” – Stuka Squadron
· “Blow Me” – Screaming Eagles
· “They Come Back” – Orange Goblin
· “Womb to the Tomb” – Asomvel
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