Thrash-Metal giants Megadeth are stomping into Portsmouth this Wednesday, bringing with them the sound and fury of over thirty years of hardcore rocking out.
The band, one of the genre’s “big four,” has been around since 1983 after founding guitarist and lead singer Dave Mustaine served a short stint with Metallica.
Featuring lightning fast rhythm sections and deeply complex arrangements, the group’s lyrics focus on the dark underbelly of humanity. The group’s catalog is rife with songs about death, war, politics and religion.
Early commercial success caught the eye of major labels in he mid eighties, which led to Megadeth signing with Capitol Records. Hugely influential on the underground metal scene, the band has released a number of platinum-selling albums, including Rust in Peace and Countdown to Extinction.
The group has sold over 50 million records worldwide and has been nominated twelve times for a Grammy — notching its first win this year.
In the past Mustaine has cited wide and varying influences anywhere from Black Sabbath, Budgie, and Iron Maiden to the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, and the Beatles. In the here and now? You’d be hard pressed to find a Thrash group that doesn’t owe a debt to Megadeth.
The aughts aughts found our heroes of metal facing a litany of challenges — the group temporarily disbanded in 2002 while Mustaine recovered from a serious arm injury. A concert in 2014 scheduled at Tel Aviv was canceled due to a flare up of violence in the Gaza Strip. Membership in the group has been something of a revolving door in recent years, between Mustaine’s health issues, various solo projects amongs the other primary musicians, and the tragic death last year of original drummer Nick Menza. Despite this, or perhaps because of it — the current lineup is lean, clean, and ready to rock you out as they tour in support of 2016’s release, Dystopia.
It’s hard to say how many more years we’ll have bands from the big four playing live shows. None of these guys are getting younger. So if you’re a fan of Thrash this is a must see show for you — and in many ways Megadeth sounds better than they ever have.
This is your chance. An opportunity to bang your head, throw up the metal salute with your arms raised high, and mosh all night long.
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