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.In Concert: Megadeth, at "92 KSJO Day On The Green"
October 10th, 1999 San Jose, Ca.{short description of image}
Megadeth; though; like all other metal bands that survived the 70's and 80's intact, has found new ideas and different types of musical influences to provide us all with music that stands the test of time. Playing tracks from almost all of their 7 albums, and pleasuring us with tracks from "Risk" the 8th CD released 8 /31/1999. On top of all of this, they recorded a Black Sabbath song for the upcoming "Nativity In Black 2", due this winter. I am not as fluent in Black Sabbath as I would like to be, so I do not know which one was recorded. As well as covering "Paranoid", what better praise than to be covered by a band on the same level of influence to Metal Culture. 90+ minutes of Megadeth is always worth the price of admission, even if a weak band opens. Critics and rock fans alike tend to classify Megadeth as an 80's band. But as any good metalhead will tell you, Dave Mustaine and company hit their stride in the early 90's, going multiplatinum with the seminal "Rust In Peace." The early 90's saw the death of many heavy rock and metal bands mostly because people got tired of mindless thrashing, and it was exactly Megadeth's ability to combine searing riffs with melodic hooks that pushed them to the top while everyone else {short description of image}plunged. Their live performance shows that off in spades. Megadeth burst open with "Holy Wars" and "Hangar 18" and crashed through blistering versions of "Sin" and "Reckoning Day"--all songs that revolve around catchy guitar lines and crunching choruses. It's this honed combination of euphonic weave and metal swirl that captures the attention of all levels of rockers, and when Mustaine asked how many of the fans were there for the first time, nearly half cheered in response. That's a testament to the strength of their new material, notably "Almost Honest" and "Use the Man," songs a bit more on the harmonious side yet still attached to that seething crunch drive only Megadeth can reproduce. That's not to say Megadeth didn't honor their roots: here too were truly head-banging renditions of "Darkest Hour" and "Anarchy," which saw the theatre transformed into a sea of whipping hair. Unlike most of the heavy rock bands that are "resurfacing" these days (with the same old sounds), Megadeth are maturing with age, remembering the whining growls and sweet guitar lines that set them apart in the first place. I'll be surprised--and, honestly, disappointed--if they don't continue to rock through the next decade.

By Randy Cohen

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