Megadeth is one of the bands that I first learned about when I got into metal. In fact, one of the CDs that has stuck with me for over a decade (the only other one is Marilyn Mansonâ€™s â€œAntichrist Superstarâ€) is Megadethâ€™s â€œRust in Peaceâ€. It makes sense that Megadeth should get a box set since they have been going strong for over twenty years. â€œWarchestâ€ is a four CD and one DVD set that has a number of rarities present. The biggest â€œfindâ€ for fans of Megadeth has to be present on the DVD, which is a 15-year old live show captured at the Hammersmith.
The band goes through a â€œgreatest hitsâ€ during this set alone, including such classics as â€œHangar 18â€, â€œIn My Darkest Hourâ€, and â€œPeace Sellsâ€. While that is not enough to merit the boxed setâ€™s price, the other inclusions are. A number of the tracks on the CDs are live cuts from the bandâ€™s career (this is aside from disc 4, which is a recording of the bandâ€™s performance at Wembley in 1990), and a similar amount of the songs here are previously unreleased. Seven â€œnewâ€ tracks are present, while another three are versions that were present only on foreign version of Megadethâ€™s albums. The rest of the tracks are tracks that are both major hits of the band (â€œIn My Darkest Hourâ€, â€œTrustâ€, â€œCrush â€˜Emâ€), and lesser known songs that only true Megadeth fanatics will be familiar with (â€œThe Skull Beneath My Skinâ€, â€œNew World Orderâ€, â€œNever Say Dieâ€).
â€œWarchestâ€, if individuals are willing to sink in around $50 for it, has a tremendous amount of material for individuals to sit down with. The number of unreleased and live songs is sufficiently many to act almost like a new album worth of Megadeth songs, and special care has been taken to fit the tracks in with similar-sounding songs. Megadeth is still going strong, just releasing an album earlier this year, and â€œWarchestâ€ shows that there is a tremendous amount of material still left in the archives, enough to keep individuals interested in the band until they can come out with their next studio album. â€œWarchestâ€ is for fanatics as well as fans that are just starting out; the price may be a little prohibitive, but it shouldnâ€™t be considering all told, it comes out to under what three CDs would cost new.
Top Tracks: Wake Up Dead, Almost Honest