Rust in Peace Live CD/DVD by Megadeth (Shout! Factory)

If you were one of the lucky few that got to experience Rust In Peace Live at the Hollywood Palladium on March 31, 2010 then you know how insane the night was. If not, here is your chance to crank up the volume and attempt to create your own mosh pit. I was there, and the night was memorable, with Testament and Exodus digging deep into their catalogs for some thrash metal classics before Megadeth took the stage.

The audio and video documents of that night are superb, if truncated and edited versions of what really went down, with Megadeth opening with a few songs before crashing into Rust, then treating us with six more songs full of metal mayhem then ending the night with a reprise to Holy Wars. Regardless, the DVD gets into the band’s faces and fingers so all the guitarists out there can better examine the lightning fast picking of Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick. Just study the soulful solo from Broderick during Tornado of Souls for proof of how brilliant he is.

Drummer Shawn Drover keeps the beat hard and precise and original bassist and co-founder David Ellefson is back in the fold! Mustaine is burying the hatchet with his oldest Mega-partner and the audience couldn’t be happier to see and hear the two together after all these years.

Fans that weren’t even born when Rust came out in 1990 are given ample reason to bang their heads to Megadeth’s music. They’re one of the most accessible heavy metal bands around, with catchy lyrics and choruses and astounding solos that weave in and out of the songs’ overall melodies. Mustaine’s lyrics are topical, political, violent and angry, but he’s always championing the metal masses. The music on Rust In Peace is timeless and some subjects just as relevant today, and all the songs are suitable to bang your heads to like maniacs.

Also included on the DVD is before show footage of the band practicing, sound checking and hanging out in their room and of the early arriving fans showing their love for Megadeth. I’d advise you to watch this footage before thrashing out to the main live footage, you’ll be pumped just seeing the fans going crazy!

(Review by Bret Miller)

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