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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T-Boy Records/UMe 2016
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Limited Edition
Capitol 2008
Vinyl$14.19
$24.87 (used)
Megadeth - Greatest HitsMegadeth - Greatest Hits
Capitol 2005
Audio CD$3.77
$0.33 (used)
Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?
Explicit Lyrics · Extra tracks · Remastered
Capitol 2004
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Countdown to ExtinctionCountdown to Extinction
Explicit Lyrics · Extra tracks
Capitol 2004
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TH1RT3ENTH1RT3EN
Roadrunner Records 2011
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Explicit Lyrics · Extra tracks · Remastered
Capitol 2004
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YouthanasiaYouthanasia
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Capitol 2004
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Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
Remastered · Extra tracks
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Anthology: Set the World AfireAnthology: Set the World Afire
Import
Capitol 2008
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.. Album Cover 3.41 | 93 ratings
Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
Thrash Metal 1985
.. Album Cover 4.24 | 142 ratings
Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Thrash Metal 1986
.. Album Cover 3.87 | 98 ratings
So Far, So Good... So What!
Thrash Metal 1988
.. Album Cover 4.49 | 207 ratings
Rust in Peace
Thrash Metal 1990
.. Album Cover 3.90 | 112 ratings
Countdown to Extinction
Thrash Metal 1992
.. Album Cover 3.37 | 87 ratings
Youthanasia
Traditional heavy metal 1994
.. Album Cover 3.06 | 67 ratings
Cryptic Writings
Traditional heavy metal 1997
.. Album Cover 2.63 | 60 ratings
Risk
Hard Rock 1999
.. Album Cover 3.12 | 54 ratings
The World Needs a Hero
Thrash Metal 2001
.. Album Cover 3.52 | 60 ratings
The System Has Failed
Thrash Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 3.40 | 66 ratings
United Abominations
Thrash Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 3.81 | 73 ratings
Endgame
Thrash Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 3.15 | 47 ratings
TH1RT3EN
Thrash Metal 2011
.. Album Cover 2.47 | 29 ratings
Super Collider
Traditional heavy metal 2013
.. Album Cover 3.86 | 29 ratings
Dystopia
Thrash Metal 2016

MEGADETH EPs & splits

.. 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 4.03 | 12 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 4.31 | 10 ratings
That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires
Thrash Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 3.84 | 10 ratings
Rust In Peace Live
Thrash Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 3.55 | 3 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 re-issues & compilations

.. Album Cover 3.19 | 16 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 3.57 | 7 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
Icon
Thrash Metal 2014

MEGADETH singles (14)

.. Album Cover
5.00 | 1 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 | 2 ratings
Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
Thrash Metal 1990
.. Album Cover
4.25 | 2 ratings
Hangar 18
Thrash Metal 1991
.. Album Cover
3.00 | 1 ratings
Foreclosure of a Dream
Thrash Metal 1992
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 3 ratings
Symphony of Destruction
Thrash Metal 1992
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 2 ratings
Sweating Bullets
Thrash Metal 1992
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 1 ratings
Skin O'My Teeth
Thrash Metal 1993
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 1 ratings
Train of Consequences
Thrash Metal 1994
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Singles Megabox
Thrash Metal 1995
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 2 ratings
À tout le monde
Thrash Metal 1995
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Trust
Thrash Metal 1997
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 1 ratings
Public Enemy No. 1
Thrash Metal 2011

MEGADETH movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

.. Album Cover
4.67 | 3 ratings
Rusted Pieces
Thrash Metal 1991
.. Album Cover
4.25 | 4 ratings
Exposure of a Dream
Thrash Metal 1992
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 5 ratings
Evolver
Thrash Metal 1995
.. Album Cover
4.50 | 4 ratings
Megadeth - VH-1 Behind the Music Extended
Thrash Metal 2001
.. Album Cover
4.48 | 11 ratings
Rude Awakening
Thrash Metal 2002
.. Album Cover
3.00 | 2 ratings
Video Hits
Thrash Metal 2005
.. Album Cover
4.77 | 9 ratings
That One Night - Live in Buenos Aires
Thrash Metal 2007
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 1 ratings
Megadeth Live
Thrash Metal 2007
.. Album Cover
4.21 | 7 ratings
Rust In Peace Live
Thrash Metal 2010
.. Album Cover
4.91 | 8 ratings
The Big 4: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria
Thrash Metal 2010

MEGADETH Reviews

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

Album · 1986 · Thrash Metal
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martindavey87
Surely I'm not the only one who disliked Megadeth's debut 'Killing is My Business', right? I mean, I didn't just dislike it, I hated it. I thought it was awful. It was boring, uninspiring, repetitive, grating, and just all-out rubbish.

That's why I'm happy that with 'Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?', Dave Mustaine and his band of merry musicians become the Megadeth we all truly know and love today. And that includes me!

Everything I hated about 'Killing...' has been rectified here. The songs are catchier and the guitar work has matured a great deal, the vocals have improved massively, in both lyrics and melodies, and the production finally gives the music some clarity, as opposed to their debut album where I felt the shoddy production made it hard to truly distinguish any of the guitar riffs.

Now, let's not get ahead of ourselves. This album is far from perfect, and for all the improvements it's made over its predecessor, there are still some fairly average songs that I don't find myself ever coming back to. However, there are also some early Megadeth classics in there that still hold up well today, such as 'Wake Up Dead' and 'Peace Sells'. And tracks like 'Devil's Island', 'Good Morning/Black Friday' and 'My Last Words' show a band who, despite the vast amounts of drugs and alcohol they were consuming, still had the wherewithal to produce something that would be considered one of thrash metals finest works.

Oh, and it happens to have one of the most recognizable album covers in metal! Not bad. Not bad at all.

MEGADETH Rust in Peace

Album · 1990 · Thrash Metal
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There is no doubting Dave Mustaine’s incredible abilities as a guitarist. It was the reason he was a member of Metallica. It was the reason he was able to put together a new band and win a record deal after being booted from Metallica. It was the reason Megadeth has always been regarded as one of thrash metal’s Big Four, despite the fact Megadeth was at least two years behind the other three when it came to releasing a debut album.

Mustaine’s biggest problem has always been gathering and maintaining enough talent for Megadeth to reach its full potential. He found a steady lieutenant in bass player Dave Ellefson, but a second guitarist and drummer proved more problematic. ‘Rust In Peace’ was Megadeth’s fourth album, with a third different line-up. It may seem hypocritical, but drummer Gar Samuelson and guitarist Chris Poland were both sacked due to drug problems, despite the fact Mustaine and Ellefson were also drug users. Replacements Chuck Behler and Jeff Young only lasted a single album, and were both sacked while Ellefson was undergoing drug addiction treatment.

Behler was replaced by his drum tech, Nick Menza. A new guitarist was a bit more problematic. Guitarists as diverse as Dimebag Darrell, Slash, Lee Altus from Heathen, and Eric Meyer of Dark Angel were suggested or auditioned as a replacement. Meyer and Dimebag were both offered the position, but both turned it down. The answer turned out to be Marty Friedman, previously of Cacophony. For an ego as big as Mustaine’s, Friedman must have been quite a threat. Why? Because Mustaine had finally met his match, if not his better.

Finally, Megadeth had its classic line-up. And so to ‘Rust In Peace’. Pushed by Friedman’s talents, Menza’s solidity, and his own and Ellefson’s sobriety, Dave Mustaine set out to create a fitting successor to the impressive but flawed ‘So Far, So Good…So What!’. This is what he came up with.

Non musicians will struggle to name half of what Mustaine and Friedman created between them. Sharp, spiky riffs, incredible solos, with notes flying past in all directions, it is a lesson in thrash metal guitar technique. Nick Menza’s drumming is streets ahead of anything the band had produced in the past. So, great riffs, great solos, great drumming, great musicianship all round. What’s the problem?

The faults are numerous, but for some odd reason, metal fans the world over ignore them.

The first is the main problem Megadeth has suffered ever since its formation- vocals. Dave Mustaine knows what he wants to say, and when he’s snarling his vocals, the message is loud and clear. The guy can’t fucking sing though. As soon as he tries anything melodic, he goes outside his effective range and ends up out of tune. Sometimes it doesn’t matter too much, but on the song “Five Magics” he hits the most dreadful tones of his entire career, and sings flatter than a witch’s tit. “Tornado of Souls” is also fucking awful, with his voice wobbling all over the place. Worst of the lot is the pointless filler ‘Dawn Patrol’. Yes, it shows off Dave Junior’s oft-overshadowed bass, but the almost Gothic vocals are just fucking silly, and the little sucky mole sounds at the end are just...wrong.

The next problem is the guts had almost completely gone from Megadeth’s sound. ‘So Far, So Good…So What!’ was not what Mustaine had wanted when it was recorded, but from a fan’s point of view, it was a damn sight heavier than this album or the first two. It had some grunt to it, even if it was a bit fuzzy. ‘Rust In Peace’ seems to have had most of the bottom end grunt removed in favour of crunchy mid-range tones to show off the crunchy riffs, and has a crystal clear high-end for leads and solos. That is fine, if that is the effect desired, but ‘Rust In Peace’ was released in the same year as Anthrax and Slayer both released their heaviest, most uncompromising albums. If those two bands could both get clear and heavy sounds, why did Megadeth have to sacrifice the heavy?

The songs? The fucking songs! Some of them aren’t even songs, but just collections of ill-fitting riffs. Metallica fell into the same trap on ‘…And Justice For All’, but covered their mistakes more effectively. On this album, some of the transitions from one riff to the rest are quite jarring, like a high school metal band not quite knowing how to put a song together.

There is the odd high point, like ‘Poison Was The Cure’, with a brooding intro dominated by Ellefson’s bass, before cracking into a bouncy, choppy main riff, like the best parts of the ‘Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?’ album. However, three thrilling minutes hardly make up for 37 minutes of frustration.

The maturity of ‘So Far, So Good…So What’ had gone west. Think of the emotional bitterness of “In My Darkest Hour”. What do we get instead? “Rust in Peace... Polaris”. Supposedly about nuclear war, it’s full of lame penis puns. What about the venomous attack of “Liar”? Try "Holy Wars…The Punishment Due", about the conflict in Northern Ireland, a situation Mustaine understood poorly. Oh yeah, and the second part of the song is about The Punisher comic. And the righteous anger of “Hook In Mouth”? Take your pick from a variety of half-arsed songs about UFOs, witchcraft, drugs, and apparently a ghost living in Dave’s attic (“Lucretia”).

This is a great album for aspiring metal guitarists to study. A forensic examination of the techniques used, and how the separate components of the music were constructed should be essential. However, as a whole, it fails. It is an egotistical dick waving contest, with the two guitarists showing how they can outdo each other, to the detriment of the overall effect. That this album is considered a classic is a perfect example of the emperor’s new clothes effect. Because it is so over-hyped and sharply executed, no one wants to be the first to listen to it with a critical ear and say, no, this album does not work.

No. This album does not work.

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

Album · 1985 · Thrash Metal
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Unitron
Not many albums say pure revenge and anger like Megadeth's debut album. It's rough, it spits, and it has all the pissed off energy to deliver a balls-to-the-wall thrash/speed metal album. Plus how can you not love a title that is so campy like this one but still feels like a big middle finger? It's not much like Kill 'em All, it doesn't feel like a band that hasn't found their sound like Fistful of Steel, and its album cover doesn't out-camp Show No Mercy, and all the better for it.

There's something real cathartic about letting all your built up emotions out in the form of music, and that's exactly what makes Killing Is My Business...and Business Is Good such an enjoyable and aggressive listen. Put yourself in Dave Mustaine's shoes, and I'm sure you'd be pissed to no end too if you got kicked out of a band that you committed yourself to. This certainly has the well-written music to back up that anger though with frantic speeds, killer riffs, colossal drums, Mustaine's signature sneering vocals, and Ellefson's sweet bass grooves.

Probably the most well-known song on the album is "Mechanix", which Mustaine originally wrote for Metallica, and you can tell when listening to it. It would certainly not sound out of place on Kill 'em All, but also fits right in with what would become Megadeth's signature sound. The title cut is one of my favorites, and actually kind of sounds like a precursor to Soundgarden's "Nazi Driver" from 1988's UltraMegaOK. "The Skull Beneath the Skin" is another favorite, with absolutely killer riffing and almost jazzy basslines.

Depending on what's most important, the remaster or the original might be the best choice. The original has a rougher production, but the cover of "These Boots" is completely in it's snarky uncut form. The remaster has a much better and louder production, but unfortunately "These Boots" is censored. The censor is even more obnoxious because it actually has bleeps rather than just cutting of words. So whichever is more important to the listener will determine which version to get.

While I think Kill 'em All is probably the best big four debuts, Megadeth's isn't far behind at all and seems more focused. It's got spitfire angst with great music to back it up. If you're pissed off, and a Pantera album isn't around, grab the next best thing with one of Megadeth's first three albums. Hope you found this review album, feel free to comment!

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

Album · 1988 · Thrash Metal
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I remember this being my first purchase of 1988. The cassette was in stores in January and though the date on the back said 1988, I couldn’t help but think that the music had been recorded in 1987. I loved the first three tracks on “Peace Sells” and was looking for more of the same. Though I did not find what I had hoped for, this album was in a way better because with “Peace Sells” I rarely felt like listening to anything after the first three tracks but “So Far, So Good… So What” I liked well enough for all the songs except “Mary Jane”. I later replaced my cassette with a CD, which remained for many years in a box until recently when I dug it out and put it in my iTunes library. In the meantime, I had acquired at last “Countdown to Extinction” and had ordered the remixed/remastered editions of “Peace Sells” and “Rust in Peace”, the latter being an album that failed to impress me back in the day and had finally been sold off to a second hand CD store some years ago. In eager anticipation of a large Megadeth moment coming on soon, I listened to “So Far, So Good” and thought that the sound was not so good. I ordered the remixed/remastered version of that album too.

This is a short album. I thought so back in 1988 and I still think so, though this new issue has four bonus tracks, early recorded versions of four of the songs when Paul Lani was still the producer. It begins with the instrumental “Into the Lungs of Hell”, which I always enjoyed. The great lead guitar melody does threaten to start sounding repetitive but is saved by the building tension in the music. I was shocked to hear on the remixed version the addition of horns in one part. This was not how I remembered the song! I had already put the original CD in a bag to take to the second hand CD store but now I have decided to keep it. The horns have spoiled that part of the music for me.

“Set the World Afire” still sounds good and the CD liner notes explain how this was the first song Dave Mustaine wrote after his departure from Metallica, though it was not to appear on disc until the third album. It’s a fast, aggressive tune that show cases Mustaine’s sneering and growling vocal style.

The cover of “Anarchy in the U.K.” I always liked but the surprise for me was listening to “Mary Jane”. The music is actually much more enjoyable in parts that I recalled and the construction of the song seeming rather progressive. But on the remix I was more put off than amused at first when I heard Mustaine’s goofy monkey insanity hoot and tee-hee-hee laughter. I don’t think that was part of the original, was it? I’ve grown accustomed to it now but it still sounds goofy.

I’ve always enjoyed the second side of the album more. “502”, “In My Darkest Hour”, “Liar” and “Hook in Mouth” I can listen to straight through and feel good. The middle part of “Liar” where Mustaine is just shooting out the lyrics with his snarling, spitting vocal style would be classic if everyone else thought so. “Hook in Mouth” was often my choice for mixed tapes partly because “Set the World Afire” segued from the fading guitar of “Into the Lings of Hell” before (there is a clean break on the remixed/remastered version) and partly because “Hook in Mouth” had enough of the Megadeth trademarks: heavy guitar, aggression, and Dave’s unique way of painting a scene with his vocal approach.

While recently reading reviews and comments about the remixed/remastered albums, I found that some people were not especially fond of this album but I quite like it mostly. I would have preferred a song or two more and maybe a few more outstanding riffs like in “Wake Up Dead” and “The Conjuring” but overall I think this is a pretty good effort considering all the trouble and hassle that was going on at the time (changing producers, substance abuse, pressure to follow up the successful sophomore album, etc.). I’m comfortable with a four-star rating.

MEGADETH Dystopia

Album · 2016 · Thrash Metal
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UMUR
"Dystopia" is the 15th full-length studio album by US thrash/heavy metal act Megadeth. The album was released through Tradecraft Records in January 2016. It´s the successor to the often criticized "Super Collider (2013)", which many fans felt was too mainstream oriented. Since the release of "Super Collider (2013)" quite a few changes have been made though. Not only to the musical style, but also to the lineup as guitarist Chris Broderick has been replaced by Kiko Louriero (Angra), and drummer Shawn Drover has been replaced by Chris Adler (Lamb of God). The usual suspects are Dave Mustaine (guitars, vocals) and Dave Ellefson (bass).

The changes in the lineup seem to have somewhat reignited Megadeth as "Dystopia" sounds a bit more focused and consistent in quality than many of the post-2000 albums by the band. The guitar tone and the riffs are also harder edged and you´ll find few songs here with mainstream appeal. That doesn´t mean "Dystopia" is an all out thrash metal fest though, and Megadeth still manage to balance the thrashy parts with more melodic inclined heavy metal parts. So it´s more or less like it´s always been, which means it´s in the songwriting quality where "Dystopia" predominantly sets itself apart from the less interesting releases by Megadeth. Out of the post-2000 Megadeth releases it´s closest in style and quality to "Endgame (2009)".

The two new guys bring a lot to the music. Both Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover are arguably skilled musicians, but in hindsight Mustaine might have held on to them for too long, and it´s obvious that Kiko Louriero and Chris Adler provide the music and main songwriter Mustaine with a wind of something fresh and inspiring. Chris Adler´s playing adds a dynamic organic touch to the album (although the drum production could have prosphered from a more organic tone), and Kiko Louriero´s guitar solos are varied, melodic, and shredding, complimenting Mustaine´s more classic blues based shredding well.

"Dystopia" opens with a strong trio of tracks in "The Threat Is Real", "Dystopia", and "Fatal Illusion". All three among the highlight of the album. Not all remaining tracks are as strong or as memorable as the opening tracks, but the quality of the material is generally high. The dark atmosphere, the hard edged thrashy riffs and rhythms, and the trade off guitar solos all work really well along with Mustaine´s distinct sounding voice and delivery.

The sound production is professional, clear, and powerful. The sound suits the music perfectly. So upon conclusion "Dystopia" is a high quality release by Megadeth and certainly one of their stronger post-2000 releases. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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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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