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Megadeth
Warchest
November 2007
Released: 2007, Capitol/E.M.I.
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

This career spanning collection from one of Metal’s biggest bands is sure to satisfy. Put together with the help and guidance of Mustaine himself. Done chronologically all aspects and bases are covered so you, the fan can see hear the band from the beginning to the present. Included are many unreleased goodies and live tracks to make this even the better. Add in the fact that the sound has been remastered……



Disc One covers the first four albums which are what many consider essential releases to own. The sound quality here is exceptional and everything is near perfect. While I personally have not listened to my old ‘deth albums for sometime I was surprised when I heard the songs on here. They sounded good but not totally as I remembered. Some of these have been remixed to sound better by Dave. While I can agree to a certain extent in wanting to make the albums sound better but once the album is released you should never go back and remix it. A remaster is fine to make the product clearer is fine but rerecording and remixing is a tragedy. Some of this is a complete horror to the ears for those that grew up with a heavy dose of Megadeth in their daily diet. The most massive difference is on “Into The Lungs Of Hell”, there are horns way up in the mix. It seems as tho Mustaine is going for the Sgt. Pepper era Beatles here.



After the first half of Disc Two is where my familiarity with the band begins to taper off. COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION was the last of my following for awhile. The live tracks are a real treat for those of us who have never had the pleasure of seeing the band live. This was possibly the strongest lineup the band ever had. The live tracks are great to hear but a full release would be more welcomed by hardcore fans.



The third disc offers one live song, more album cuts and some unreleased. This is a decent disc for an older fan who lost track of the band for a few years. Interesting to hear the changes and what went on during this period in their career.



Disc number four is a real gem; a full concert from 1990. Showcasing the band at its best around the time of RUST IN PEACE. The band just belts out the classics and give the audience a great introduction to the new album cuts. This almost makes the set worth the price.



The DVD is a nice addition BUT it would have been better for a full show. Was this even filmed in it’s entirety? Where is the rest of it? The sound is decent and picture is pretty clear. Maybe the future holds another release of the full show? One can wish.



Overall a fantastic box for the casual fan, a half decent one for the hardcoore fan that wants everything they ever recorded. Apart for the remixing of the classic cuts this is a great set that shows the evolution of one of Metal’s Big 3.
Track Listing

Disc: 1
1. Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!
2. The Skull Beneath The Skin
3. Peace Sells
4. Wake Up Dead
5. Devils Island
6. Set The World Afire
7. Into The Lungs Of Hell
8. Anarchy/Problems [session take]
9. Hook In Mouth
10. Liar
11. In My Darkest Hour
12. No More Mr. Nice Guy
13. “dark themes…”
14. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due [Casey McMackin demo]
15. Tornado Of Souls [demo]
16. Five Magics [demo]
17. Hangar 18

Disc: 2
1. “keeping score…”
2. Symphony Of Destruction
3. Go To Hell - "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" Soundtrack
4. Foreclosure Of A Dream
5. Architecture Of Aggression [demo]
6. Skin O’ My Teeth [live at Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI 5/23/92]
7. High Speed Dirt [live at Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI 5/23/92]
8. Ashes In Your Mouth [live at the Cow Palace, S.F., CA 12/4/92]
9. Sweating Bullets [live at the Cow Palace, S.F., CA 12/4/92]
10. Breakpoint [session take]
11. Angry Again
12. Train Of Consequences
13. Reckoning Day
14. New World Order
15. The Killing Road
16. Strange Ways
17. Paranoid
18. Diadems
19. A Tout Le Monde

Disc: 3
1. Trust
2. Almost Honest
3. Use The Man
4. She-Wolf
5. A Secret Place [live at Woodstock, NY 7/25/99]
6. One Thing
7. Duke Nukem
8. Insomnia
9. Crush ‘Em
10. Kill The King
11. Dread And The Fugitive Mind
12. Never Say Die
13. Moto Psycho
14. 1000 Times Goodbye
15. Coming Home
16. Kick The Chair
17. Of Mice And Men

Disc: 4
1. intro/Rattlehead
2. Wake Up Dead
3. Hangar 18
4. Hook In Mouth
5. The Skull Beneath The Skin
6. The Conjuring
7. In My Darkest Hour
8. Lucretia
9. Devils Island
10. Take No Prisoners
11. Peace Sells
12. Black Friday
13. It's Electric
14. Anarchy In The U.K.
15. Holy Wars… The Punishment Liste

Disc: 5
1. intro/Holy Wars…The Punishment Due
2. Wake Up Dead
3. Hangar 18
4. Lucretia
5. Sweating Bullets
6. In My Darkest Hour
7. Tornado Of Souls
8. Ashes In Your Mouth
9. Peace Sells
10. Anarchy In The U.K.

Lineup

Dave Mustaine – vocals, lead & rhythm guitars (1983-present)
Glen Drover – guitars & bkg vocals (2005-present)
Al Pitrelli – lead & rhythm guitars (2000-2002)
Marty Friedman – lead & rhythm guitars (1990-1999)
Jeff Young – lead & rhythm guitars (1988)
Chris Poland – lead & rhythm guitars (1984-1987, 2004)
James LoMenzo – bass guitar & bkg vocals (2006-present)
James MacDonough – bass guitar (2004-2006)
Jimmie Lee Sloas – bass guitar (2004)
David Ellefson – bass guitar & bkg vocals (1983-2002)
Shawn Drover – drums & bkg vocals (2005-present)
Vinnie Colaiuta – drums (2004)
Jimmy DeGrasso – drums (1998-2002)
Nick Menza – drums & bkg vocals (1989-1998)
Chuck Behler – drums (1988)
Gar Samuelson – drums (1984-1987)


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