So is "Metal's Dark Side: The Hard and the Furious, Vol. 1" worth checking out? Only if you are one of two things: A diehard Jasmin St. Claire fan or you obtain it free of charge. And before you porn hounds get overly excited about the prospect of seeing Ms. St. Claire nude, it will not happen on this DVD. Granted, St. Claire does provide some embarrassingly unintelligent commentary on a rage of topics, political and otherwise, in a bubble bath, but her moneymakers are strategically covered.
At a total running time of 80 minutes, at least the torture is kept to a minimum. Basically, what you get is a series of uninformed interviews with George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher (CANNIBAL CORPSE), Ted Aguilar and Dennis Pepa (DEATH ANGEL), Satyr (SATYRICON), Pat Lachman and Vinnie Paul (DAMAGEPLAN), and Jeff Loomis, Warrel Dane, and Van Williams (NEVERMORE). Aside from St. Claire's mind-numbingly stupid questions and juvenile attempts to prove her metal credibility, the interviewees are good sports and offer some halfway decent commentary. Videos of CANNIBAL CORPSE's "Decency Defied", DEATH ANGEL's "Thicker than Blood", and SATYRICON's "Fuel for Hatred" are obviously highlights. I suppose that the tribute to Dimebag Darrell in which a series of still photos are shown as melancholy music plays in the background is tolerable.
So why a 3 rating, as opposed to a 1 or 2? Because the ridiculousness runs so deep that it is mildly entertaining at times, not to mention the commentary offered from the interviewees and the videos. Oh yeah, and Jasmin is pretty friggin' hot. The most frightening part? "Volume 2" is in the works.