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Megadeth - Rude Awakening

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  • How do I love this DVD? Let me count the ways:-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.

    Posted on February 16, 2010