MEGADETH — That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires (review)

MEGADETH — That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires album cover Live album · 2007 · Thrash Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
Well, it’s official. If 2001’s ‘Rude Awakening’ didn’t prove it, then ‘That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires’, released in 2007, does. Megadeth are a pretty naff live band.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a terrible release, and more than makes up for the aforementioned ‘Rude Awakening’, but Megadeth have just never really been able to get a decent live sound. Dave Mustaines vocals are pretty hard to listen to here, and the songs don’t have the same grit and punch of their studio counterparts. There’s nothing overly noteworthy or special about the production here, either. It’s literally one song after another. No hassle. No fuss. Damn it, no fun!

With that said, props to the band for the killer set list. Every album is represented here by at least one track, including 1999’s ‘Risk’, which is an album I consider highly underrated and I’m glad it got some love here, even if it is with ‘I’ll Be There’, quite possibly the most un-Megadeth song the band ever put out (and it’s cool to hear the audience give it a warm reception).

Still, overall, despite an abundance of hits that span their entire career, including ‘Hanger 18’, ‘Holy Wars’, ‘Trust’, ‘Symphony of Destruction’, ‘Wake Up Dead’ and ‘Kick the Chair’, ‘That One Night’ is a pretty average live release. If you’re a fan of the band it won’t cause any harm by owning, but otherwise I’d be more than happy to listen to any studio album over this.
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UMUR wrote:
1 year ago
I´ve seen Megadeth twice, and they bored me to tears both times. I won´t bother with them anymore when they come to town, unless there is another act on the bill I want to see or they come on a festival.
Vim Fuego wrote:
1 year ago
Rude Awakening is fucking dreadful. I have the DVD version of this, and it's not much better. At least it has moving pictures to go with it...
The thing is, the live tracks on the Peace Sells... reissue, and a live bootleg I have are fucking brilliant compared to these. Must be really hit and miss live.

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