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Megadeth - Rude Awakening
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Singer-songwriter Dave Mustaine is a charismatic figure, and one of speed metal's most literate elder statesman, as demonstrated by his astute, witty comments in the DVD's brief interview section. Also on the DVD, the 105-minute concert is augmented by additional footage of five tunes (including "Kill the King" and "A Tout le Monde," dedicated to the victims of the September 11 attacks), shot in grainy black and white. Rude Awakening is the first official Megadeth live concert release, and if it's also the last, it will remain a testament to the band's durability and musical ability. --Kevin Filipski
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-Dave. Any discussion of Megadeth's DVD should start with him.
In addition to his prodigious musical abilities, he also proves himself to be quite a stage presence. Sure, he doesn't say too much onstage, but he doesn't have to. His voice here is in fine form, as menacing as ever, and he and Al Pitrelli tear it up on guitar.
-The song selection is pretty damn good. Sure, there was no "Five Magics" or "Addicted to Chaos," but as the saying goes, you can't please all the people all the time. Every album gets represented except for "Risk," which I doubt most fans will miss anyway. Megadeth classics like "Reckoning Day," "Peace Sells," "Hangar 18," "Trust," and "Sweating Bullets" get treated here, and I severely doubt anyone will feel cheated.
-The performance of "In My Darkest Hour" is a tear-jerker. Even the guitar riffs are brooding and evocative, and Dave's tortured vocals and lyrics make the song one of the few in thrash-metal history that can accurately be described as moving. It sounds even better here than on CD, and is in my opinion definitely the highlight of the show.
-You get to see Jimmy Degrasso annihilate his drum kit. The drum solo at the end of "She-Wolf" is completely gratuitous, and man is it great.
-The sound quality is uniformly cystal clear. The guitar solos, especially, come out extraordinarily well.
-It's Megadeth, for crying out loud. I shouldn't have to tell why you should want to see such a comprehensive concert from one of metal's defining bands.
If you are a hardcore Megadeth fan, then you probably already own this and I don't need to say anything more. But if you are a metal fan, you should look into getting this. It is among the best metal that I've ever heard. If you aren't really into metal, but are into intelligent lyrics in music, then this is something you might be interested in.
That is what hooked me into Megadeth is Dave Mustaine's ability to come up with intelligent lyrics to their songs.Read more ›
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This is a totally awesome DVD. I have watched it many times and the musicianship is great! This is a world-class concert. Highly recommended to all Metalheads! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Christopher A. Pelissier
I had the chance to see Megadeth in a "small venue", and this was probably to me the performance of the band ever. This live recapture the same feeling. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by bolo591
Although this was released around the time Megadeth had gone on indefinite hiatus, this is a good document of a band maintaining its career as a result of the shifting in musical... Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Thirty-Ought Six
ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS THIS KILLS MY THEATER SYSTEM, IM PUSHING 1400 WATTS OF POWER THRU MY M&K SPEAKERS . Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by GOBBLYGOO
This is an excellent show from Metal's best band Megadeth. The band is tight and dead on. The sound is loud and clear. Overall a great concert and a must have for any MetalHead.Published on March 10, 2013 by Johnny C
Hard to find a better Megadeth concert recording. Worst part is that this very line up took the task of making one of the very worst (probably the second) albums Megadeth ever... Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Leonel
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