"Montezuma's Revenge Strikes Back" is a live recording of the group's December 2011 show in Gouda, Holland. On the back of the DVD, one can read that this is the only recording preserved from the tour; sadly, the rest were lost in the Playhouse Theater fire in Helmond, where the last show took place in late December 2011. This DVD can be a lasting memory for whomever saw this show live; those who missed the show can acquaint themselves here with an impressive theatrical show featuring two new singers: Robbert van Unnik and Tom Schraven. The familiar faces of Paul Klooté, Hans Cassa, and Menno Pollen remain unmistakably Montezuma.
On the front of the DVD, you can see the five singers in boarding school-like collars: not representative of what the DVD has to offer! This "a cappella circus" is mostly about the clothes of the men, complete with top hats and laced-up boots, and it is also good for a beautiful announcement: "ladies and gentlemen, here is the vocal trapeze, juggling chords and breathtaking vocal acrobatics." What the show does very well is to create a circular route consisting of separate elements that dress the stage in its different setups.
There are 23 songs on the DVD: 11 pre-intermission, 11 post-intermission, the unplugged encore "Nature Boy", and all the pop covers that we know and love from Montezuma. We hear both classics, like Sting's "Fragile" and Stevie Wonder's "I Wish", as well as more recent songs like Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and Caro Emerald's "Stuck". Special to mention is "Kiss": one wonders here whether or not this is actually Prince's version of the song because it is showcased in a very unique vocal arrangement. "3rd Leg / Roof Garden" deserves special mention too, with its dance moves and a tasty, energetic solo from Menno. And Tom exhibits his beautiful voice in his cover of Owl City's "Fireflies".
The choreography/theater director creates quite a spectacle in the show and thus an excuse for why the singing is not 100% clean. This would cause a disturbance on CD, but on this DVD, the joyful images more than offset it.