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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MEGADETH Discography

MEGADETH albums / top albums

MEGADETH Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! album cover 3.51 | 101 ratings
Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
Thrash Metal 1985
MEGADETH Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? album cover 4.20 | 152 ratings
Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Thrash Metal 1986
MEGADETH So Far, So Good... So What! album cover 3.66 | 109 ratings
So Far, So Good... So What!
Thrash Metal 1988
MEGADETH Rust in Peace album cover 4.48 | 230 ratings
Rust in Peace
Thrash Metal 1990
MEGADETH Countdown to Extinction album cover 4.04 | 124 ratings
Countdown to Extinction
Thrash Metal 1992
MEGADETH Youthanasia album cover 3.68 | 97 ratings
Youthanasia
Heavy Metal 1994
MEGADETH Cryptic Writings album cover 3.20 | 73 ratings
Cryptic Writings
Heavy Metal 1997
MEGADETH Risk album cover 2.51 | 68 ratings
Risk
Hard Rock 1999
MEGADETH The World Needs a Hero album cover 3.04 | 62 ratings
The World Needs a Hero
Thrash Metal 2001
MEGADETH The System Has Failed album cover 3.45 | 65 ratings
The System Has Failed
Thrash Metal 2004
MEGADETH United Abominations album cover 3.42 | 71 ratings
United Abominations
Thrash Metal 2007
MEGADETH Endgame album cover 3.78 | 78 ratings
Endgame
Thrash Metal 2009
MEGADETH TH1RT3EN album cover 3.19 | 53 ratings
TH1RT3EN
Thrash Metal 2011
MEGADETH Super Collider album cover 2.93 | 33 ratings
Super Collider
Heavy Metal 2013
MEGADETH Dystopia album cover 3.91 | 36 ratings
Dystopia
Thrash Metal 2016

MEGADETH EPs & splits

MEGADETH No More Mr. Nice Guy album cover 3.70 | 5 ratings
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Thrash Metal 1989
MEGADETH Maximum Megadeth album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Maximum Megadeth
Thrash Metal 1991
MEGADETH 99 Ways to Die album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
99 Ways to Die
Thrash Metal 1993
MEGADETH Cyberarmy Exclusive Tracks album cover 3.17 | 3 ratings
Cyberarmy Exclusive Tracks
Thrash Metal 1996
MEGADETH A Secret Place / Peanut Butter & Jelly album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Secret Place / Peanut Butter & Jelly
Heavy Metal 1998
MEGADETH Cryptic Sounds: No Voices in Your Head album cover 2.17 | 5 ratings
Cryptic Sounds: No Voices in Your Head
Thrash Metal 1998
MEGADETH Less Than Jake / Megadeth album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Less Than Jake / Megadeth
Thrash Metal 1999
MEGADETH Breadline EP album cover 1.50 | 2 ratings
Breadline EP
Thrash Metal 2000
MEGADETH Deep Cuts album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Deep Cuts
Thrash Metal 2009

MEGADETH live albums

MEGADETH Live Trax album cover 2.43 | 3 ratings
Live Trax
Thrash Metal 1997
MEGADETH Rude Awakening album cover 3.33 | 14 ratings
Rude Awakening
Thrash Metal 2002
MEGADETH Unplugged in Philly album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Unplugged in Philly
Thrash Metal 2004
MEGADETH Unplugged in Boston album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Unplugged in Boston
Thrash Metal 2006
MEGADETH That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires album cover 3.62 | 13 ratings
That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires
Thrash Metal 2007
MEGADETH Rust In Peace Live album cover 4.03 | 14 ratings
Rust In Peace Live
Thrash Metal 2010
MEGADETH Countdown to Extinction: Live album cover 3.64 | 3 ratings
Countdown to Extinction: Live
Thrash Metal 2013

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

MEGADETH Last Rites album cover 4.92 | 3 ratings
Last Rites
Thrash Metal 1984
MEGADETH Angry Again album cover 4.33 | 3 ratings
Angry Again
Thrash Metal 1993
MEGADETH Sampler 01 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Sampler 01
Thrash Metal 1999

MEGADETH re-issues & compilations

MEGADETH Hidden Treasures album cover 3.00 | 17 ratings
Hidden Treasures
Thrash Metal 1995
MEGADETH Megabox album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Megabox
Thrash Metal 1995
MEGADETH The Originals album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
The Originals
Thrash Metal 1997
MEGADETH Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years album cover 3.33 | 8 ratings
Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years
Thrash Metal 2000
MEGADETH Still, Alive... and Well? album cover 2.50 | 4 ratings
Still, Alive... and Well?
Thrash Metal 2002
MEGADETH Hell Wasn't Built in a Day album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Hell Wasn't Built in a Day
Thrash Metal 2004
MEGADETH Greatest Hits: Back to the Start album cover 3.38 | 4 ratings
Greatest Hits: Back to the Start
Thrash Metal 2005
MEGADETH Warchest album cover 4.50 | 6 ratings
Warchest
Thrash Metal 2007
MEGADETH Anthology: Set the World Afire album cover 4.10 | 5 ratings
Anthology: Set the World Afire
Thrash Metal 2008
MEGADETH Icon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Icon
Thrash Metal 2014
MEGADETH Warheads on Foreheads album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Warheads on Foreheads
Thrash Metal 2019

MEGADETH singles (15)

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5.00 | 2 ratings
Wake Up Dead
Thrash Metal 1986
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3.75 | 2 ratings
Mary Jane
Thrash Metal 1988
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3.25 | 2 ratings
Anarchy in the U.K.
Thrash Metal 1988
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5.00 | 3 ratings
Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
Thrash Metal 1990
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3.83 | 3 ratings
Hangar 18
Thrash Metal 1991
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Foreclosure of a Dream
Thrash Metal 1992
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4.25 | 4 ratings
Symphony of Destruction
Thrash Metal 1992
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4.00 | 3 ratings
Sweating Bullets
Thrash Metal 1992
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Skin O'My Teeth
Thrash Metal 1993
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4.25 | 2 ratings
Train of Consequences
Thrash Metal 1994
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Singles Megabox
Thrash Metal 1995
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3.67 | 3 ratings
À tout le monde
Thrash Metal 1995
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Trust
Thrash Metal 1997
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2.33 | 2 ratings
Crush 'Em
Hard Rock 1999
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Public Enemy No. 1
Thrash Metal 2011

MEGADETH movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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3.62 | 4 ratings
Rusted Pieces
Thrash Metal 1991
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4.25 | 4 ratings
Exposure of a Dream
Thrash Metal 1992
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3.50 | 5 ratings
Evolver
Thrash Metal 1995
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3.67 | 5 ratings
Megadeth - VH-1 Behind the Music Extended
Thrash Metal 2001
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4.39 | 10 ratings
Rude Awakening
Thrash Metal 2002
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3.00 | 2 ratings
Video Hits
Thrash Metal 2005
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4.50 | 9 ratings
That One Night - Live in Buenos Aires
Thrash Metal 2007
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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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4.72 | 9 ratings
The Big 4: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria
Thrash Metal 2010

MEGADETH Reviews

MEGADETH Countdown to Extinction

Album · 1992 · Thrash Metal
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UMUR
"Countdown to Extinction" is the 5th full-length studio album by US thrash/heavy metal act Megadeth. The album was released through Capitol Records in July 1992. It´s the successor to "Rust in Peace" from 1990, which was an album, which received a lot of critical acclaim. While the material on "Rust in Peace (1990)" were primarily written by lead vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine, "Countdown to Extinction" features more contributions from the rest of the band and it´s obvious the lineup of Dave Mustaine (vocals, guitars), Dave Ellefson (bass), Nick Menza (drums), and Marty Friedman (guitars) had now settled a bit more into the role of a permanent band. "Countdown to Extinction" went on to become Megadeth´s most commercially successful album, selling more than 2 million copies (US double platinum status).

Stylistically the material on the 11 track, 47:31 minutes long album is generally less thrash metal oriented and not as fast-paced as the material on its predecessor. There are quite a few more traditional heavy metal elements and more focus on melody on "Countdown to Extinction" than the case was on "Rust in Peace (1990)". When that is said Megadeth were never the most savage thrash metal act on the scene, and all preceding releases also feature a healthy dose of tradtional heavy metal elements and focus on melody. This time around it all just sounds a bit more planned and structured, which means the tracks are generally instantly accessible and catchy. That doesn´t mean this is simple music by any means. The songwriting is very sophisticated, and there are many intriguing compositional details featured throughout the album. The lyrics are also quite interesting, dealing with topics like politics, environmental/social issues, and consequences of crime/punishment.

The musicianship are on a high level on all posts. Mustaine´s voice and singing style will always be an aquired taste, but he arguably provides the band´s music with something unique. He has audibly honed his skills on this release, and he now "sings" more than ever. The rhythm section play organic and sharp, the riffs are powerful and delivered with skill and precision, and the lead guitar work is stunning.

One of the greatest assets of "Countdown to Extinction" is that each and every track featured on the album stand out, and while tracks like "Skin o' My Teeth", "High Speed Dirt", and especially the iconic "Symphony of Destruction" are probably some of the most known tracks off the album, all tracks are highlights worth a mention. You honestly can´t say that about that many album releases. While every track is unmistakably the sound of Megadeth, there is also great stylistic diversity between the tracks. Some are relatively fast-paced and energetic like "Skin o' My Teeth", "High Speed Dirt", and "Ashes in Your Mouth", some are mid-paced and heavy like "Symphony of Destruction" and "Architecture of Aggression", some feature great focus on melody like "Foreclosure of a Dream", "This Was My Life" and the title track, and some feature twisted humour and a different take on thrash/heavy metal like "Sweating Bullets" and "Psychotron".

"Countdown to Extinction" is produced by Dave Mustaine and Max Norman and the album features a clear, detailed, and powerful sound, which suits the material perfectly. So upon conclusion "Countdown to Extinction" is another high quality release by Megadeth. They already left a bit of their frenetic fast-paced thrash metal sound behind on "Rust in Peace (1990)", but "Countdown to Extinction" is an even less thrash metal oriented release. At least in the respect that it´s a much heavier and only occasionally fast-paced album. Megadeth haven´t however lost any of their appeal here, and although "Countdown to Extinction" overall was the most mature and sophisticated release by the band up until then, there is still plenty of aggression and heavy riffs featured on the album to satisfy most thrash metal fans. A 5 star (100%) rating is deserved.

MEGADETH Rust in Peace

Album · 1990 · Thrash Metal
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SilentScream213
Nothing Megadeth did in the 80’s really struck me as all that amazing (no, not even Peace Sells…) but Rust in Peace is almost as incredible as the legends tell.

Megadeth has long avoided my praise due half to Dave’s poor vocals and lyricism and half to the total absence of real feeling in the otherwise impressive playing. Here, the band improve their already strong technique to enter Tech Thrash territory at times, but much more importantly they add a heavy dose of intelligent and evocative melodies that serve the song instead of simply showcase talent. The first few tracks have earworm riffs for days, just galloping one after another, only stopping for equally fantastic solos.

Dave’s vocals aren’t good here, however, he has found the sweet spot in making them work with the music, and most of the time they work really well. Holy Wars is the best example, as he switches between angry snarling about government, to a rough, desperate croon that actually sounds pained when playing the role of The Punisher lamenting what he’s been through. His voice doesn’t always hit right, but here it works much better and more often than anything they’d done prior. The lyrics range from very good to not so great, but they almost always manage to be better than the shallow words of their 80’s output.

There’s so much energy and good technique that even the weaker songs on the album are quite good. However, it is certainly a glaring weakness that side A is so, so much better than side B. Once you get halfway through, you’ve very little to look forward to in comparison of the awe-inspiring material that starts you off. In terms of high points though, this album reaches heights that are absolutely deserving of its praise.

MEGADETH Rust in Peace

Album · 1990 · Thrash Metal
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UMUR
"Rust in Peace" is the 4th full-length studio album by US thrash metal act Megadeth. The album was released through Capitol Records in September 1990. There have been a couple of lineup changes since "So Far, So Good... So What! (1988)" as drummer Chuck Behler has been replaced by Nick Menza, and guitarist Jeff Young has been replaced by Marty Friedman. Menza had worked as Behler's drum tech, so he was recruited from within the ranks. Friedman already had a name on the scene because of his involvement with acts like Hawaii and Cacophony. Especially his work with the latter mentioned act had established his reputation as a highly skilled guitarist. He was however not the band´s first choice. Lead vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine auditioned several guitarists (including Dimebag Darrell of Pantera and Jeff Waters of Annihilator) before settling on Friedman.

Following the release of "So Far, So Good... So What! (1988)", Megadeth toured heavily, but bassist David Ellefson´s struggles with drug addiction put the touring activities on hold for a while. Mustaine also underwent treatment for drug- and alcohol addiction in those years, and the band were a bit of a mess. Therefore the addition of Menza and Friedman was just was the doctor ordered. Getting a couple of professionals in the band to stabilize the lineup seemed to cool the two wild Daves down and make them focus their energies on music instead of parties and drugs.

Stylistically the material on "Rust in Peace" also sounds a lot more focused and consistent in quality than the material on the three preceding albums. The gritty and aggressive energy of the early releases are pretty much gone here (although the music still features a healthy dose of aggression. It´s just a different and less savage type of aggression), which may put some listeners off, but to those who enjoy their thrash metal a bit more sophisticated and well produced "Rust in Peace" is a phenomenal release. It´s an incredibly well produced album, featuring a powerful and detailed sound production, which suits the more sophisticated nature of the material well.

The album feautures several highlights like the rather complex opening track "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due", "Hangar 18", which features loads of trade-off guitar solos, and the brilliant "Tornado of Souls", but the whole album is of high quality. The new four-piece have a great playing chemistry with Mustaine and Friedman complimenting each other well with their very different solo styles, and Menza and Ellefson providing a strong and powerful rhythm foundation. Mustaine has a pretty unique voice and delivery. His voice is always sure to be an aquired taste, but he is arguably original sounding and has a passionate way of singing. The lyrical content is increasingly political in nature but also deal with other subjects.

"Rust in Peace" is a case of something good coming out of something bad. The result of of two lost souls finding a purpose in life and a renewed focus on their art, teaming up with two musicians hungry for success. No matter what the premise was, "Rust in Peace" came out a very strong high quality release. It´s one of those albums which sounds completely unique. A 5 star (100%) rating is deserved.

MEGADETH Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?

Album · 1986 · Thrash Metal
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SilentScream213
As a huge fan of Thrash Metal, Megadeth strangely never hit the marks I love in this kind of music. To their – mostly Dave’s – credit, the songwriting and solos are great, and the riffs are not far behind. However, where the band always lost me is in their delivery and atmosphere. Dave’s not a good vocalist, but that’s not what bothers me, as raspy shouting is something I enjoy. The problem is that not only does he struggle to create any sort of memorable hooks or verses, but he also writes some bad lyrics. The delivery on most songs is sarcastic, sometimes angry but all too often it just sounds like he’s yelling for the sake of yelling without any conviction or thought behind the words.

The music actually matches this – while as I said, the musicianship is really good, there’s really no atmosphere or emotion being conveyed. There are great moments like the openings to Good Mourning and Bad Omen, both having a more ominous and serious atmosphere. However, most of the time it just sounds like the band is jamming out to earn their dollar, which is not something I want in Thrash. It’s not dark, and the anger present is only very surface-level “I hate paying my taxes” kind of anger.

To be clear - It is a great album. The music is well-written and expertly played, the production is about as good as 80’s metal gets, and there aren’t any actually bad songs, but I find it massively overrated, and rather empty compared to most contemporary releases in the genre.

MEGADETH Countdown to Extinction

Album · 1992 · Thrash Metal
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Unitron
Countdown to Extinction was the closest Megadeth got to mainstream success on the level of Metallica, and I've seen this called their Black Album before. A fair comparison I'd say, as both albums have that balance between thrash and regular heavy metal. Thankfully though Countdown to Extinction doesn't have the overplayed singles like Black Album does, making for a fantastic listen throughout.

Sweating Bullets is the most Mustaine song Mustaine ever wrote, Symphony of Destruction and Skin 'O My Teeth are classics. Songs like Foreclosure of a Dream and the title track are great examples of the more melodic side of the band that they would explore more down the line. Finally, Ashes in Your Mouth is one of the band's best deeper cuts, and one of their best songs in general. Total classic album.

MEGADETH Movies Reviews

MEGADETH Megadeth - VH-1 Behind the Music Extended

Movie · 2001 · Thrash Metal
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martindavey87
The Megadeth episode of VH1’s ‘Behind the Music’ series is pretty much exactly what it says it is; a look at the history of one of heavy metal’s most beloved bands. The VH1 name gives this a bit more credibility and authenticity than your typical unofficial band biography, and as such, this features interviews with band members past and present, as well as other people associated with the band at one point or another.

Looking candidly at Dave Mustaine’s expulsion from Metallica, the bands early days and their later attempts to break into mainstream territory, as well as Mustaine’s endless battles with addictions, other than being a bit outdated now, (being released in 2001), this is overall a very interesting watch, and a worthy addition to any Megadeth fan’s collection.

MEGADETH Rusted Pieces

Movie · 1991 · Thrash Metal
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martindavey87
‘Rusted Pieces’ was my first music DVD purchase, way back in the year 2000, at the tender age of 13! While YouTube makes any collection of promotional music videos pretty pointless today, this was still an awesome video to watch back when I was barely old enough to shave. Featuring just six music videos and small bits of dialogue in between each song, these are some of Megadeth’s finest early songs, and have some significance to heavy metal history. However, despite that, at barely half an hour in duration, this isn’t worth owning today unless you’re an OCD collector like me, who needs to own everything.

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.

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