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Review: Megadeth – Rust In Peace Live [2010]

Posted in Megadeth on September 7, 2010 by gearsofrock

How can this live album possibly fail?  Rust In Peace is one of the top 10 greatest heavy metal albums of all time.  Dave Mustaine along with classic bassist David Ellefson (“Dawn Patrol” anybody?) deliver a powerful performance of RIP along with the awesome powers of lead shredder Chris Broderick.

In addition to the nine perfect live RIP tracks, you get seven bonus tracks of fan-favorites including “Skin O My Teeth,” “Peace Sells,” “Symphony of Destruction,” and “Trust.”  This live disc was mixed and mastered with just the right intensity.  It’s ultimately a very fitting and refreshing 20-year tribute.

One small thing lacking from this live program is Mustaine’s entertaining stage banter.  You get the sick live tracks but the audience interaction between the tunes is nonexistent, which is disappointing because Mustaine is one cool metal dude.  However in all fairness, “Holy Wars Reprise” does offer some shout-outs to Los Angeles and band introductions.

Rust In Peace Live is a great live tribute to a true thrash masterpiece.  Also, Broderick’s guitars are so crisp and dead-on that he makes it very difficult to miss Marty Friedman.

Megadeth is Dave Mustaine (Vocals/Guitars), Chris Broderick (Guitars), David Ellefson (Bass), & Shawn Drover (Drums).

Track Listing:

  1. “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”
  2. “Hangar 18”
  3. “Take No Prisoners”
  4. “Five Magics”
  5. “Poison Was The Cure”
  6. “Lucretia”
  7. “Tornado of Souls”
  8. “Dawn Patrol”
  9. “Rust In Peace…Polaris”
  10. “Holy Wars Reprise”
  11. “Skin O’ My Teeth”
  12. “In My Darkest Hour”
  13. “She-Wolf”
  14. “Trust”
  15. “Symphony of Destruction”
  16. “Peace Sells”

Resurrection: Megadeth – Hidden Treasures [1995]

Posted in Megadeth, Resurrection with tags on February 24, 2010 by gearsofrock

I was digging through my CD’s a few weeks back, when I came across this gem from Megadeth. I haven’t listened to Hidden Treasures in well over a decade and let me tell you,  it still rocks and might even rock harder than ever before. Originally released in 1995,  Hidden Treasures is a eight-song EP of tracks from compilations and soundtracks.

Kicking it off right is a cover of the Alice Cooper classick “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” Mustaine is cocky and cool and definitely gives justice to, in my mind,  a truly untouchable song.  “Angry Again” from the Last Action Hero soundtrack still ranks in my top five Megadeth offerings. The catchy chorus will forever be imprinted in your brain.

The covers of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” and the Sex Pistols “Problems” are also top notch, as Megadeth proves to be one of Thrash’s Titans.  “Go To Hell” taps into rival Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” with the ” now I lay me down to sleep” prayer (we all know who came out on top on this one).

Each track features, also in my opinion, Megadeth’s most efficient lineup with Mustaine, Dave Ellefson, Nick Menza and Marty Friedman.  This is definitely a must have for all fans of Megadeth.  It has been out of print for awhile but you can easily find a used or import copy (features 4 bonus tracks) out there. Search for it , you will not be disappointed.

Track Listing:

  1. “No More Mr. Nice Guy”
  2. “Breakpoint”
  3. “Go To Hell”
  4. “Angry Again”
  5. “99 Ways to Die”
  6. “Paranoid”
  7. “Diadems”
  8. “Problems”

Hidden Treasures on

Review: Megadeth – Endgame [2009]

Posted in Megadeth with tags on September 8, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon MegadethIt has been almost two and a half years since the release of United Abominations, a brutal allegory of destructive world events equipped with plenty of finger pointing to rattle your mama’s nerves. Needless to say, Dave Mustaine and company are back with an even thrashier and, once again, unapologetic lyrical effort on Endgame.

The guitars of Mustaine and Chris Broderick prove to be the best work since Rust in Peace and arguably the most compatible in Megadeth’s history.

Tracks such as “How The Story Ends” and “Head Crusher” unleash the classic headbanging euphoria that cannot be mistaken for any other group.

“Bodies” and “The Right To Go Insane” showcase the eruptive low end bass of James LoMenzo. This album’s flow is flawless. Endgame opens with a powerful instrumental titled “Dialectic Chaos” that clocks in at 2:25 of unadulterated thrash that never seems to let up.

The acoustic driven “The Hardest Part of Letting Go” refreshingly breaks up the speed later without altering the album’s spirit. The only awkward moments on the disc fall somewhere between the transition into the guitar solo of the title track (3:45) and the subsequent relentless Bush bashing which is now old news in this day and age.

Overall Endgame excels in all of the core areas of heavy music marking it another fine moment in thrash metal history –Meds

4.5 StarsMegadeth is Dave Mustaine (Vocals/Guitars), Chris Broderick (Guitars), James LoMenzo (Bass), & Shawn Drover (Drums).

Track Listing:

  1. “Dialectic Chaos”
  2. “This Day We Fight!”
  3. “44 Minutes”
  4. “1,320′”
  5. “Bite The Hand”
  6. “Bodies”
  7. “Endgame”
  8. “The Hardest Part of Letting Go…Sealed With a Kiss”
  9. “Head Crusher”
  10. “How The Story Ends”
  11. “The Right to Go Insane”

Track Review: Megadeth “Head Crusher” Endgame [2009]

Posted in Megadeth with tags on July 7, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon Head CrusherAre you ready for another face pummeling courtesy of Megadeth? You damn well better be—the brand new track “Head Crusher” from the upcoming album Endgame is devastating. From the band’s opening assault, you immediately feel like you are hearing legitimate old school Mustaine and company that would make Vic Rattlehead proud. After all, the new album was recorded in the band’s new studio called Vic’s Garage. There is a great chugging riff at the break (2:01), which leads into diabolical arpeggios and exotic scale-play reminiscent of “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due.” Clocking in at 3:26, “Head Crusher” is a powerful thrash track that is straight to the point of classic brutality –Meds

Endgame is due out on Roadrunner Records Sept. 15, 2009. If you turn away from the Michael Jackson memorial service for a few minutes you can download “Head Crusher” here for free until tomorrow.

4 StarsMegadeth is Dave Mustaine (Vocals/Guitar), Chris Broderick (Lead Guitar), James LoMenzo (Bass), & Shawn Drover (Drums).

GOR Recommendation: Megadeth – Rust in Peace

Update 9/9/09: Read the full album review of Megadeth’s Endgame here

Resurrection: Megadeth – Rust In Peace [1990]

Posted in Megadeth, Resurrection with tags on June 7, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon Megadeth RIPBy Peter O’Brien

Rust In Peace is a pinnacle album not only in the history of Megadeth, but also the speed/thrash metal genre. Certainly a musical achievement for the band, it is a near-flawless album often ranked in the top five of its genre and number one among fans in their discography. It is also the first Megadeth album to feature Nick Menza on Drums and Marty Friedman on guitar, creating their longest and most stable lineup to date. The album was released on Capitol Records in the fall of 1990. A remastered version was released in 2004 featuring four bonus tracks including demos of “Rust In Peace…Polaris,” “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due,” and “Take No Prisoners.” The re-issue also features new vocal tracks on several songs since the originals were lost.

The album lyrically deals with themes of warfare, politics, and the environment (“Holy Wars…,” “Take No Prisoners,” “Dawn Patrol,” “Rust In Peace…”), personal experience (“Poison Was The Cure,” “Tornado Of Souls”), and the supernatural (“Hangar 18,” “Five Magics,” “Lucretia”). Musically the band has a lot more focus and their transitions are much smoother than their earlier efforts, which have almost an over indulgent, jazz quality to them. The beginning of Mustaine’s growth as a songwriter and arranger is quite evident on this album, an attribute of his that became more refined on later albums, but with not as great a balance. The album also features encompassing artwork by Ed Repka (Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying) showing Vic Rattlehead conducting a secret meeting at hanger 18 involving the leaders of the five major world powers at the time. This marks the last time Vic would appear on a Megadeth album cover for the next ten years.

In 1992 Megadeth released their commercial breakthrough album Countdown To Extinction, which rivaled the then unstoppable Black Album, released the previous year by Mustaine’s former band Metallica. It was those two albums that marked a change in the waters for the genre both bands had pioneered throughout the nineteen-eighties.  If metal was to survive in the rapidly expanding alternative landscape the songs would have to be shorter, catchier, and cleaner; to put it bluntly — watered down. You could chalk it up to musical evolution, maturity, growth as artists; not that there weren’t great songs on those and subsequent albums, but the genre had begun to change. The title Rust In Peace is sort of coincidently prolific considering its place in music history and the immediate future of the metal genre in the nineteen-nineties.

Track Listing:

  1. “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”
  2. “Hangar 18”
  3. “Take No Prisoners”
  4. “Five Magics”
  5. “Poison Was The Cure”
  6. “Lucretia”
  7. “Tornado Of Souls”
  8. “Dawn Patrol”
  9. “Rust In Peace…Polaris”

Be sure to check out Peter O’Brien’s thrash metal documentary “Riphouse 151: Could’ve Been’s & Wanna Be’s” which is currently on the festival circuit.

Rock Show Countdown: #9 Megadeth and Dream Theater

Posted in Dream Theater, Megadeth, Rock Show Countdown with tags , , on August 6, 2008 by gearsofrock

#9 Gigantour featuring Megadeth and Dream Theater at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY, August 23, 2005

Again, this is one of those concerts that I was not expecting a Top 10 ranking. I decided to go last second with an old college buddy of mine who recently started listening to Megadeth. I have seen Megadeth and Dream Theater (including the “Scenes from New York” show) several times before, enjoyed the concerts very much, and felt like I had seen all that their live shows had to offer. But…

Dream Theater’s set was just about perfect on this night. They were happy to be playing in front of their home crowd and Mike Portnoy did a cool drum solo with Richard Christy of the Howard Stern Show which was excellent. The guys in Dream Theater were were very relaxed and seemed like they had a great time.

Megadeth came on stage soon after and blew up the beach. “Holy Wars,” “Reckoning Day,” Wake Up Dead,” Hangar 18,” “A Tout Le Monde,” and “Angry Again,” you know, the usual awesome songs were in the setlist. Dave Mustaine wasn’t as cocky as I have seen him and he didn’t cry like in “Some Kind of Monster;” it was just the perfect Mustaine-mix on this hot August night.