MEGADETH
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Megadeth is an American thrash metal band led by founder, front man, guitarist, and songwriter Dave Mustaine. Formed in 1983 Los Angeles, California with bass player David Ellefson following Mustaine's departure from Metallica, the band has since released twelve studio albums, six live albums, two EPs, thirty singles, thirty-two music videos, and three compilations.

As a pioneer of the American thrash metal movement, Megadeth rose to international fame in the 1980s, but experienced numerous line-up changes, due partly to the band's notorious substance abuse problems. After finding sobriety and securing a stable line-up, Megadeth went on to release a string of platinum and gold albums, including the platinum-selling landmark Rust in Peace in 1990 and the Grammy nominated, multi-platinum Countdown to Extinction in 1992. Megadeth disbanded in 2002 after Mustaine suffered a severe nerve injury to his left arm, but following extensive physical therapy, Mustaine reformed the band in 2004
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.. Album Cover 3.46 | 80 ratings
Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
Thrash Metal 1985
.. Album Cover 4.30 | 124 ratings
Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Thrash Metal 1986
.. Album Cover 3.80 | 83 ratings
So Far, So Good... So What!
Thrash Metal 1988
.. Album Cover 4.53 | 183 ratings
Rust in Peace
Thrash Metal 1990
.. Album Cover 3.88 | 94 ratings
Countdown to Extinction
Thrash Metal 1992
.. Album Cover 3.32 | 76 ratings
Youthanasia
Traditional heavy metal 1994
.. Album Cover 3.07 | 56 ratings
Cryptic Writings
Traditional heavy metal 1997
.. Album Cover 2.59 | 49 ratings
Risk
Traditional heavy metal 1999
.. Album Cover 3.23 | 48 ratings
The World Needs a Hero
Thrash Metal 2001
.. Album Cover 3.68 | 52 ratings
The System Has Failed
Thrash Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 3.54 | 59 ratings
United Abominations
Thrash Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 3.78 | 65 ratings
Endgame
Thrash Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 3.31 | 40 ratings
TH1RT3EN
Thrash Metal 2011
.. Album Cover 2.52 | 21 ratings
Super Collider
Traditional heavy metal 2013

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.. Album Cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Thrash Metal 1989
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Maximum Megadeth
Thrash Metal 1991
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
99 Ways to Die
Thrash Metal 1993
.. Album Cover 3.17 | 3 ratings
Cyberarmy Exclusive Tracks
Thrash Metal 1996
.. Album Cover 2.07 | 4 ratings
Cryptic Sounds: No Voices in Your Head
Thrash Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Less Than Jake / Megadeth
Thrash Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Breadline EP
Thrash Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Deep Cuts
Thrash Metal 2009

MEGADETH live albums

.. Album Cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Live Trax
Thrash Metal 1997
.. Album Cover 3.64 | 10 ratings
Rude Awakening
Thrash Metal 2002
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Unplugged in Philly
Thrash Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Unplugged in Boston
Thrash Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 4.33 | 8 ratings
That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires
Thrash Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 3.84 | 9 ratings
Rust In Peace Live
Thrash Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 3.52 | 2 ratings
Countdown to Extinction: Live
Thrash Metal 2013

MEGADETH demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Last Rites
Thrash Metal 1984
.. Album Cover 4.95 | 2 ratings
Angry Again
Thrash Metal 1993

MEGADETH boxset & compilations

.. Album Cover 2.98 | 14 ratings
Hidden Treasures
Thrash Metal 1995
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Megabox
Thrash Metal 1995
.. Album Cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
The Originals
Thrash Metal 1997
.. Album Cover 3.58 | 6 ratings
Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years
Thrash Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Still, Alive... and Well?
Thrash Metal 2002
.. Album Cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Hell Wasn't Built in a Day
Thrash Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 3.38 | 4 ratings
Greatest Hits: Back to the Start
Thrash Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 6 ratings
Warchest
Thrash Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 4.10 | 5 ratings
Anthology: Set the World Afire
Thrash Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014

MEGADETH singles (14)

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4.05 | 2 ratings
Wake Up Dead
Thrash Metal 1986
.. Album Cover
3.00 | 1 ratings
Mary Jane
Thrash Metal 1988
.. Album Cover
3.00 | 1 ratings
Anarchy in the U.K.
Thrash Metal 1988
.. Album Cover
5.00 | 3 ratings
Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
Thrash Metal 1990
.. Album Cover
4.93 | 3 ratings
Hangar 18
Thrash Metal 1991
.. Album Cover
4.90 | 2 ratings
Foreclosure of a Dream
Thrash Metal 1992
.. Album Cover
4.87 | 4 ratings
Symphony of Destruction
Thrash Metal 1992
.. Album Cover
4.86 | 3 ratings
Sweating Bullets
Thrash Metal 1992
.. Album Cover
3.98 | 2 ratings
Skin O'My Teeth
Thrash Metal 1993
.. Album Cover
3.98 | 2 ratings
Train of Consequences
Thrash Metal 1994
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Singles Megabox
Thrash Metal 1995
.. Album Cover
3.95 | 3 ratings
À tout le monde
Thrash Metal 1995
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Trust
Thrash Metal 1997
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 2 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2011

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4.67 | 3 ratings
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Thrash Metal 1991
.. Album Cover
4.25 | 4 ratings
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Thrash Metal 1992
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 5 ratings
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Thrash Metal 1995
.. Album Cover
4.50 | 4 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2001
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4.26 | 10 ratings
Rude Awakening
Thrash Metal 2002
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3.00 | 2 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2005
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4.77 | 9 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2007
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 1 ratings
Megadeth Live
Thrash Metal 2007
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4.21 | 7 ratings
Rust In Peace Live
Thrash Metal 2010
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4.64 | 7 ratings
The Big 4: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria
Thrash Metal 2010

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MEGADETH Rust in Peace

Album · 1990 · Thrash Metal
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aglasshouse
There's nothing much more to add about Megadeth's knock-you-off-your-seat blast into the 90's that people haven't already stated. By this time metal was well into the music industry, but with Rust In Peace Megadeth had opened up a whole new crevasse for other bands to jump into in this decade. A highly influential and simply golden piece of metal material, Rust In Peace is considered by many to be one of the greatest metal albums of all time.

Let's keep this short and to the point. Mustaine is spectacular. Is voice is obviously fitting to whatever Megadeth plays, mostly because he seems like he was engineered to play such a role. Especially when he's coinciding with such smashing guitar-ing from Friedman as well as rocking the floor himself. Nick Menza is like the thunder to the lightning, and delivers some flawless percussion that you rarely see in metal bands. His playing perfectly fits neatly alongside his band-mates in 'Hangar 18', as well as in the stunning opening (and full product) of my personal favorite track 'Lucretia'.

That's pretty much all there is to it. Rust in Peace is awe-inspiring and all other kinds of inspiring. The intrepid songwriting and the majesty at which they play is just plain amazing. Pick it up if you haven't heard it yet.

MEGADETH Rude Awakening

Live album · 2002 · Thrash Metal
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Vim Fuego
Musically, this album is good. Very good. Perhaps too good?

The guitars, bass and drums all have a good clean sound, but hey, after so many years in the business, Megadeth and their roadcrew must KNOW a good live sound. The riffs, soloing, leads, fills, and acoustic guitar parts are note perfect. The drums are aggressive, and Jimmy De Grasso shows he was more than just a hired gun, adding extra kick to some of the songs. Dave Ellefson's bass work has oft been ignored, but a good balance on the mix lets many of those fat, tasty bass lines rumble up through the sound. It all sounds good so far, so where's the problem?

It's Megadeth's Achille's heel, Dave Mustaine's vocals, which sound too good. There have been a number of reasons given as to why Mustaine stepped up to the microphone and stayed there. The official line was Megadeth couldn't find a good vocalist. Many other suspect it was Dave Mustaine's ego. Whatever the reason, Megadeth always managed to recruit excellent drummers and second guitarists, but never a singer.

Even loyal Megadeth fans have to admit Mustaine does not have the greatest vocal range in the world. The music has always been written to accommodate his vocals, but sometimes even that is not enough. At times, Mustaine sounds flat, off key, strained, and just downright out of place. “Reckoning Day”, for example, sounds very strained, with the correct notes seemingly just out of reach. He regularly misses the top note on “Devil's Island”. Mustaine sounds his best when he sings with a sneering growl, like on “In My Darkest Hour”, “Hook In Mouth” and “Angry Again”.

Is this a fair indicator of Megadeth live? The answer is no, it isn't. The vocals have been tampered with, tidied up and enhanced in the studio. While they're less than perfect on ‘Rude Awakening’, they're considerably worse on any other Megadeth live recording.

Moving away from the sound debate, this double album collection was never intended to be Megadeth's swansong, but it almost became a fitting tribute to a sparkling career. Dave Mustaine’s arm injury seemingly spelled the end of Megadeth, but as we know now, he recovered.

While some of the later material had a more commercial, slightly bland feel in the studio, dropped in alongside some of the old classics here it fitted flawlessly. “1000 Times Goodbye” sits very comfortably next to “Mechanix” (still superior to Metallica's “Four Horsemen” after all these years!), and the “Hangar 18” story is revisited on “Return To The Hangar”. Perhaps the best indicator of Megadeth's quality is that although this is a double live album, it seems to be over too quickly, but has a very satisfying feel to it.

Um… and does anyone else think the guy in bed falling from the skyscraper on the cover is supposed to be James Hetfield?!

MEGADETH Hidden Treasures

Boxset / Compilation · 1995 · Thrash Metal
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Vim Fuego
It would also be too easy to dismiss this little collection of soundtrack out takes and covers as "hidden talent", as in so far hidden it can't be found, but that would be unfair. As with all things related to Dave Mustaine, this is an album of contradictions and inconsistency. At once stunning and bland, Mustaine is one of the most infuriating musicians in metal, and one of the most difficult to fathom.

First track off is a cover of Alice Cooper's "No More Mr Nice Guy", from the `Shocker' soundtrack. It was recorded as a three piece, with Mustaine handling all guitars, and Dave Ellefson the only other member kept from the `So Far, So Good...So What!' line up. It's one of Cooper's cheerier little songs, and Mustaine actually handles the vocals reasonably competently. There are a couple of trademark Megadeth solos and flourishes, stamping a new identity on the song. So far, so good?

Nick Menza's drum intro to "Breakpoint", from the `Super Mario Bros' soundtrack, is promising, but it's really the only exciting part of the entire song. It's mid-tempo, mid-career Megadeth, which we all know and, well, tolerate. Disappointingly, Dave's singing voice slipped back to its whiny worst.

"Go To Hell" is far more promising. A menacing bass intro, and a prowling riff give it an air of the demonic, and so it should. The song accompanied Bill S. Preston and Theodore Logan as they entered Hell in the delightfully silly "Bill And Ted's Bogus Journey". While stronger than much of the material on `Countdown To Extinction', is was possibly used for the soundtrack instead of the album because of the slightly childish lyrics.

"Angry Again" should be called "Symphony Of Destruction Again", because the riff is so similar. Otherwise, the song is quite similar to the movie it came from - Arnold Schwarzenegger's big budget bomb `Last Action Hero'. Neither is very good.

"99 Ways To Die" came from the `Beavis And Butthead Experience' soundtrack, and it's quite easy to see the miscreant cartoon teens headbanging and flicking Devil horns to the song. Unfortunately, the song does nothing, goes nowhere, and is instantly forgettable. Next please!

Fortunately, "Paranoid" is next, from the `Nativity In Black' tribute album. Black Sabbath's straight forward headbanger is given the reverent treatment it deserves. The chugging riffing is suitably powerful, and Mustaine and Marty Friedman give it their all in the soloing. Sensibly, Mustaine lowered Ozzy Osbourne's vocal lines to better suit his voice. While it's impossible to better the original, this must be one of the best covers of "Paranoid" of all time.

"Diadems" is the best of the originals here, written for the `Demon Knight' soundtrack. The acoustic intro and almost whispered vocals give way to a complex yet subdued main riff, and the song feels like the band is about to lash out at any moment into a headlong sprint for the finish. Instead, the impending musical violence is reined back into a catchy groove, which retains its menacing feel, and defies the more obvious urge to Thrash out.

Dave Mustaine's love of the Sex Pistols is well known, with his reworking of "Anarchy In The UK" on `So Far, So Good...So What' a solid enough cover. This time though, the love is demonstrated like a dirty old man in a raincoat masturbating in a bus shelter. "Problems" is grovelling squalor. It shows a lack of good judgement in letting something so tuneless and pallid carry the Megadeth name.

The title of the album is somewhat appropriate, because there are some treasures here. There just aren't as many as the title might have you think.

MEGADETH So Far, So Good... So What!

Album · 1988 · Thrash Metal
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Vim Fuego
‘Rust In Peace’ is usually hailed as Megadeth’s crowning glory, but there are still a fair number of thrash fans who prefer the album’s heavier predecessor ‘So Far, So Good...So What!’.

‘So Far, So Good...So What!’ saw Megadeth as a band at its most dangerous. Dave Mustaine was hitting the heroin and the booze like they were going out of business. Half the band had been sacked, and the producer replaced. Capitol Records were becoming concerned about the behaviour of the band, and sent them on tour so they couldn’t do any more damage in the studio. They need not have worried, as ‘So Far, So Good...So What!’ rapidly went platinum on its release.

Despite the obvious success of the album, Dave Mustaine had always been dissatisfied with the way ‘So Far, So Good...So What!’ turned out, so he went into the studio in 2004 and remixed it, along with much of the rest of Megadeth’s back catalogue. He disliked the sometimes muddy mix, which detracted somewhat from the power of the album. There were also a few small details either hidden or missing from the album. The remixing is like an archaeologist scraping dirt and dust from a prehistoric skeleton. It was always obvious what was there, but once the detritus is cleared, sharp, clean edges are revealed, details unveiled, and it all seems more complete.

The instrumental first track “Into The Lungs Of Hell” is one of the best leadoff tracks on any thrash album anywhere, bettered by Slayer’s “Angel Of Death”, but not by much else. Thrash instrumentals are generally about lead guitarists showing off, and in Mustaine and Jeff Young, Megadeth had talent aplenty to display. The lead guitar throughout the song is sharp, bouncing from one man to the other in what sounds like a frantic guitar duel. There is an undefinable quality to the song, giving it a feel like a reinterpreted classical composition. The remix added a triumphal brass fanfare to the beginning of the song which was absent on the 1988 release. To be honest, the horns don’t add a hell of a lot to the guitar-fuelled maelstrom, but they made MegaDave happy.

“Set The World Afire” was the first song Mustaine wrote on his departure from Metallica, but he did not use it until he was happy with it. The first riff sounds like it would have fitted onto ‘Kill ‘Em All’ quite neatly, but the rest of the song shows Mustaine’s songwriting metamorphosing and developing. The lyrics are suitably cheesy, a song about nuclear war, which it was just about compulsory for every 1980s thrash band to have at least one of (Metallica’s “Fight Fire With Fire”, Kreator’s “Fatal Energy”, Carnivore’s “World Wars III and IV”, Sodom’s “Nuclear Winter”, Nuclear Assault’s ‘Game Over’ album etc.).

The cover of the Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy In The UK” actually features Steve Jones from the Pistols on guitar, but apparently he played so poorly that his guitar work was deliberately buried deep in the mix. Legend has it he turned up drunk, plugged his guitar in and just started playing, without tuning his guitar. Inexplicably, Mustaine messed with the lyrics, swapping the line “I want to destroy the passer by” with “I want to destroy, possibly”, along with a couple of other minor alterations.

“In My Darkest Hour” is far and away the best song on the album, and the remixing adds another layer of vindictive menace to it. Mustaine wrote the lyrics of the song in a single sitting on hearing the news that friend and former Metallica band mate Cliff Burton had been killed. It is his best lyrical effort, bar none. The song uses a building narrative structure with no verses or chorus to detract from the momentum. The rhythm guitar follows a series of relatively simple riffs which swell to an almighty crescendo. The leads hold a certain angle grinder type quality, which only appear on this album.

“Liar” and “Hook In Mouth” follow a similar venomous lyrical streak, which unfortunately Mustaine abandoned after this album in favour of conspiracies, aliens and witches. Oh well... The solos on “Hook In Mouth” in particular are impressive as Mustaine and Jeff Young trade licks perfect for air guitar aficionados to imitate. Surprisingly, Young’s solos are the heavier of the two.

The weaker tracks “Mary Jane” and “502” and the inclusion of the Sex Pistols cover pad the album out somewhat. None of them are particularly poor songs, but they seem to have been written and recorded like the band was on autopilot. Still, Megadeth circa 1988 on autopilot was still a hell of a lot better than a lot of shit being palmed off on metal fans at the time.

As a bonus, four of the tracks originally mixed by producer Paul Lani have been included on the album. Lani struggled in producing the record, not understanding Megadeth or thrash metal, and was eventually replaced by Michael Wagener, who was responsible for the final 1988 production job. Even to the untrained ear, a number of problems are immediately obvious. All four songs sound very thin, even compared to the 1988 release. “Into The Lungs Of Hell” still has the horns of the introduction left in the mix, but throughout the song, the guitar lines drift in and out, like they were recorded outside on a windy day. Even a song as powerful as “In My Darkest Hour” sounds flat and a bit gutless.

The original mix of ‘So Far, So Good...So What!’ suffered somewhat because of limitations on time, budget, technology, and probably substance impaired musical abilities, but it was the best that could be done at the time. Metal production in 1988 was far from the refined science it is now, and the leap in the power and scope of technology between 1988 and 2004 is enormous. ‘So Far, So Good...So What!’ was hailed as a flawed masterpiece on its original release, and has rightly remained a much admired work from a highly influential band.

MEGADETH Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!

Album · 1985 · Thrash Metal
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Vim Fuego
After Dave Mustaine's departure from Metallica, it was inevitable he would put together a band of his own. What wasn't inevitable was that it would be as successful as Megadeth turned out to be.

His fortuitous teaming up with Dave Ellefson provided the perfect foil for his creative outputs, and Megadeth was born. There is no doubting his creativity as both a songwriter and guitar player, but with this album he had a problem with being too short and too soft.

Y'see, "Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good" isn't very heavy. Sure, it's fast, it's got riffs to the eyeballs, and it's got solos and the standard mid-1980s thrash lyrics, but it's about as heavy as a Motley Crüe album. It also isn't very long, only just scraping in over the half hour mark, with the inclusion of a cover and a half ("These Boots", made famous by Nancy Sinatra and "Mechanix", which Mustaine wrote with Metallica).

The guitars here have none of the bite or crunch of Megadeth's masterworks "Peace Sells...But Who's Buying" and "So Far, So Good...So What!". Mustaine and Chris Poland are both credited as lead guitar, neglecting the rhythm guitar role, but many of the riffs play more like solos anyway, and the thin production lets the talents of both Mustaine and Poland to shine through

However, it is refreshing to hear Dave Ellefson's bass, often lost in the mix in later recordings, as it twangs and rattles, particularly on "These Boots" and "Rattlehead". Ellefson is no Cliff Burton, but his bass lines were hardly the straightforward bottom end boost for the rhythm guitar which a lot of bands at the time focused on.

The dynamics on the album are excellent, particularly for a debut. "Looking Down The Cross" in particular builds anticipation with a complex little guitar introduction, building momentum all the time, before bursting into a crushing riff, one of the best on the album. Mustaine puts forth his best vocal performance; sticking with the now familiar mid-range snarl, rather than straining for high notes beyond his vocal register. The song climaxes with a neck-snapping mid-pace riff, over which Mustaine almost chants the refrain "looking down the cross/speak no evil".

Megadeth was the only band to ever push Metallica in the battle for thrash supremacy during the 80s, and while this album showed potential, Megadeth was still well behind the game. As far as debuts go, it was not as amateurish as Anthrax's "Fistful Of Metal", nor as cheesy as Slayer's "Show No Mercy", but was well below the standard of what the leading bands of the genre were producing in 1985, and it was short a good two or three songs. This was Megadeth's first shaky step on the way to the top.

MEGADETH Movies Reviews

MEGADETH That One Night - Live in Buenos Aires

Movie · 2007 · Thrash Metal
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Kingcrimsonprog
Megadeth’s That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires is arguably the band’s finest live effort and certainly one of their best DVDs. The band are absolutely on fire in terms of performance and energy, the crowd are going wild for the band and the setlist is superb, what more could anyone ask for in a concert ?

In terms of the actual DVD; the Audio/Visual quality is top notch and the whole performance is captured well, with a good job made of the mixing, camerawork and editing. Everything is utterly professional and well handled, nothing is cheesy or over the top which just allows the music to do the talking.

Surprisingly; apart from frontman Dave Mustaine, even though the band’s line up at the time didn’t feature any musician responsible for the albums from Rust In Peace – Cryptic Writings, or indeed David Ellefson who was on every single Megadeth album until The System has Failed, the band put down a storming performance and seem to be at the top of their game, reveling in their success and fired on by the manic crowd.

(Then) New members Glen Drover on guitar, James MacDonough on Bass and on Shawn Drover on Drums are all great additions to the band, and it isn’t difficult to see why Glen lasted another studio album and Shawn remains with the band to this day.

The concert includes all the classic Megadeth material you would expect like ‘Peace Sells…,’ ‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due,’ ‘Symphony Of Destruction,’ and ‘In My Darkest Hour,’ as well as some less played numbers such as ‘I’ll Be There,’ and the superb ‘Set The World Afire.’

Additionally, their then new The System Has Failed record is well represented and the songs fit well into the set along side all the fan favourites.

That One Night’ was filmed in 2005 and released in 2007 and is still a brilliant live document and perhaps unsurpassed by later releases. I remember being hugely impressed with it when it was new, and watching it back now my opinion has not changed at all, which is surely a good sign. All Megadeth fans should all consider picking up a copy, this is an utterly fantastic concert and would serve as a fine introduction to the band. I highly recommend it.

MEGADETH Rude Awakening

Movie · 2002 · Thrash Metal
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Kingcrimsonprog
Megadeth have a lot of DVDs on the market now; from video collections and documentaries, to bonus DVDs, to official concerts like this and ‘That One Night,’ and ‘Rust In Peace Live,’ to their segments on multi-band DVDs like Gigantour and The Big Four, as well as what I suspect are unofficial DVD’s like ‘Head Crusher,’ ‘Alive In USA 2008,’ ‘Megadeth Live,’ and ‘Metal Symphonies.’

When choosing a Megadeth DVD then, you really are spoiled for choice. In my opinion this and That One Night are the two best options, which provide longest concerts with the most definitive set lists, also with the best sound and visual qualities.

Rude Awakening finds Megadeth at the end of the first period in their career, just before the break-up and before the reunion which saw the band traveling back into the territory of Thrash Metal once again, after a series of albums in the nineties that explored different territory.

This DVD was filmed in late 2001 and released in 2002 while the band were promoting their The World Needs A Hero album and features the superb and underrated Al Pitrelli on guitar and Jimmy DeGrasso on drums supporting Megadeth stalwarts Dave Ellefson and Dave Mustaine.

The first thing that needs mentioning about the actual DVD is the quality of the camera work, visuals and editing. To this date Rude Awakening is still arguably the finest and most professional video release from Megadeth. Not being filmed outdoors the makers had a great level of precision and control over everything and the stage set up and lighting helped a lot too in making this one of the best looking band DVDs of the era. Almost a decade on and Rude Awakening still looks fantastic.

The track listing is excellent and covers a lot of the fan favourite material from every album the band had released up until that point except Risk. It also contains a healthy amount of material from the then new The World Needs A Hero record which arguably sounds even better live than on record. The band’s 90s era is well served here too, as much as their 80s output and this really is a great all rounder, especially for Megadeth fans who almost like everything the band put out. Tracks like ‘Peace Sells,’ ‘Holy Wars,’ and ‘Mechanix,’ all sit comfortably beside ‘Trust,’ and ‘Reckoning Day,’ in a diverse but very entertaining set.

Some people have problems with the sound, as Dave’s vocals can be too quiet especially when he gets too far from the mic and on the surround sound mix the guitars aren’t apparently handled very well in the first half of the concert. As someone who has listened to the stereo mix for almost a decade I have never had a problem with the sound, in fact I love it. If you yourself play bass or drums you are likely to love the sound mix.

Apart from the mix, the actual recording quality and timbre of the actual individual components are phenomenal, rarely has a drum kit sounded so amazing live. Something well demonstrated during a phenomenal drum solo during She-Wolf.

All of this of course is only the main concert and you still have a brief and entertaining documentary and bonus concert on top of it. Overall; Rude Awakening is definitely something you should check out if you like Megadeth.

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