MEGADETH @ Sonisphere : Review

Megadeth possess an incredible raw power that just hits you over the head like a sledgehammer.

I can’t resist it, I never could. There’s something magical about Mustaines grumpy face and muttery, snarly vocals. It wouldn’t have had the same effect without all that, and most of all, he is the real deal. I like his sarcasm, I like his anger, and I most definitely like the sincerety he puts into the things he does. Basically, he’s got what it takes to keep people coming back year after year.

I remember when I was still a teenager, and a penpal sent me a cassette of “Peace sells…”.

It was something brand new back then. I never got into Metallica and I still haven’t. I’d choose Megadeth over Metallica anytime.
In all honesty, I didn’t get into that album right away. It had to grow on me. But once it did, I was stuck. Here I am, 25 years later (jesus, where did time go?!) still loving this band more than ever.

They can spellbind a crowd of thousands of demanding metalheads, and keep their attention for as long as they want. I love the energy, I love the power they generate, it just fills you – charges you to the maximum. This is what metal is all about.

Dave “Junior” Ellefson looks the same as he did way back, he plays better than ever, in fact, Megadeth has never been this brilliant.

There was a time when they weren’t much to see on a stage. Maybe because there were too many drugs involved or maybe because their minds were all over the place and not necessarily in the live performances. But that has changed- 100%…. I could go and see them play every day for a month and still want more.

In short – Megadeth is the best they have ever been, they DEMAND your attention and they get it. How could they not? It’s brutal, it’s heavy, it’s technically perfect and it’s damn honest. This tour has been a triumphal procession and it ain’t over yet!


  1. Ronnie Soo

    Where did it go indeed! I won an LP of ‘Peace Sells…’ from Kerrang mag, (back when it was still the Heavy Metal mag it set out to be) back in 1986, along with a VHS tape with the promo video on it. I got into it fairly quickly, despite the Thrash tag I just heard a solid Heavy Metal album. Wish I coulda joined you for this festival, and you in my country too! (albeit down south!)

  2. Daniela

    Yes I was surprised that you, being a metalhead living in Britain – were NOT at Sonisphere? :) Howcome?Megadeth is a fantastic band. When they blew Judas Priest off the stage last year (or was it the year before….) I knew that they had made some major changes compared to the live-band they were ten years ago.Now, I can’t get enough. :-)

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