Megadeth, The Hollywood Palladium, February 28, 2016
There have been definitive changes to the Megadeth lineup in recent years, but this fact surely did not stop the hardcore fans from selling out The Hollywood Palladium on an unholy Sunday deep within the wilds of Tinseltown. Dave Mustaine and the mighty Megadeth of the modern day were soon to pummel the masses with their trademark brand of thrash metal, and they brought along a dynamic selection of support acts to kick off the chaos. First up was Havok from Denver, Colorado, raging into the City of Angels with a devastating thrash attack. Then up next was an absolutely murderous set from Children Of Bodom, a long running metal collective from Finland who appeared to have a good amount of fans in the house. Direct support arrived in the form of Suicidal Tendencies, the iconic punk/metal hybrid infamous for their Institutionalized anthem which sent the room in a mad mosh frenzy when performed live. Featured within the Suicidal Tendencies lineup was legendary drummer Dave Lombardo, who sent the already classic songs into a whole other realm of striking intensity.
After three powerhouse sets from some of the heaviest bands on the planet, it was now time for Megadeth to take over the Hollywood Palladium stage. The packed to the rafters’ crowd was primed and ready, and the show that followed was nothing short of mesmerizing. Opening with the obliterating refrains of The Threat Is Real, the first song off their brand new album Dystopia, Megadeth instantly had the throngs head banging and mosh pitting! From the new to the classic, when Hangar 18 from Rust In Peace was unleashed, resulting in a frenzy of epic proportions. The melodic (well by Megadeth standards anyway) Kingmaker from Super Collider would follow, showing that the band means serious business even when the mood is a bit mid-tempo. The fantastic tunes kept on assaulting the senses, cuts such as In My Darkest Hour, Dawn Patrol, and Skin O’ My Teeth enrapturing the fans.
Dave Mustaine was at the height of his creative madness, still a commanding force to be reckoned with as Megadeth tours the world in support of Dystopia, their 15th magnum opus! Longtime co-conspirator Dave Ellefson provided an thunderous sonic experience on bass, pulsating the senses with a relentless low end. Kiko Loureiro of Angra and Tarja is the new lead guitarist, presenting tremendous axework that was staggering to behold. And then there was the almighty Chris Adler, formerly of Lamb Of God and now blasting it all into oblivion in Megadeth, demonstrating why he is one of the very best drummers on the universe. Megadeth 2016 presents thrash metal in its finest hour, and those who had doubts about the current lineup only need to see the expertise and artistry these seasoned musicians exhibit live!
After the devastating one-two punch of Symphony Of Destruction and Peace Sells, Megadeth would return for a well-deserved encore – with the earth shattering final song Holy Wars: The Punishment Due leaving a lasting impression on all in attendance. Be sure to witness Megadeth when they turn up to annihilate your town, and check into their phenomenal new album Dystopia – available now from Universal Music!
(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)
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