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A furious hurricane just itching
to lay some waste

Eagles Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI
October 16, 2010
Megadeth Megadeth

Story by Early Coffee
Photos By Dave Vacula

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine took command instantly at center stage with the rage of a furious hurricane just itching to lay waste on the nearest coastal city. The soldout faithful at the Eagles Ballroom could hardly wait. Megadeth lit into their first song "Holy Wars" in pure thrash/speed metal fashion. The band attempted to smoke the entire Rust In Peace album in all of it's propulsive vocals and buzzsaw riffs, unfortunately for almost half of their set Mustaine's vocals and overall sound of the band were so distorted and drowned out it was sometimes hard to decipher which song you were listening to.

Things got much clearer later on with "She-Wolf" and "Trust" that their derailed train was firmly laid back on track. Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick traded guitar riffs back and forth like two bullies on a seasaw as thunderous basslines smoked from the return of Dave Ellefson.

Megadeth's lyrics are ripe with intense themes that include politics, war, addiction, personal relationships and religion. Good honest American heavy metal with internal rage rooted in the loins of thrash that they helped create. Shawn Drover was a madman on drums. His explosive open handed drumming style was hard at the helm all night long. Mustaine's voice boomed like an ominous thunder on "Symphony of Destruction." He percieves how the masses are being led to their own destruction by our political leaders. The heavy melodic beats of "Peace Sells" followed suit. Dirge-like melodic riffs, which play continously throughout the duration of every song.

Peace might sell, but who's buying? A message for the masses perhaps.

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