Megadeth: ‘Warchest’

Megadeth - WarboxArtist name: Megadeth
Album name: Warchest
Label: EMI
Gender: Heavy Metal
Release date: October 9, 2007
ZMErating: 10/10

The tracks here are hand selected by frontman Dave Mustaine, including 30 audio and video tracks making their global release debuts, and an additional three tracks that have never before been released in the U.S. They have been cleaning out the vaults lately. This includes digitally remastered album cuts, soundtrack and compilation songs, unreleased live and studio performances and interview clips spanning more than 20 years. Disc 4 of the set is a live show from a night on the 1990 “Clash of the Titans” tour. The DVD is a 1992 concert recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.

The tremendous amount of music and video is filled with a “vac-u-form” packaging with a 3-D ammo belt on its front and a 36-page booklet with an essay by author Ian Christe along with a discography and a lot of photos. The fact that they include unreleased stuff that makes it worth buying even if you already own everything Megadeth has put out. It is not cheap but for the huge amount of things they give you it is worth it.

Disk One is about their debut release Killing is My Business…. And Business is Good. It is remastered and it sounds strange but nice because the sound is a bit better. It is somewhat a different album. Peace Sells is there just as hard and convincing. Disc: 2 has probably the most favorites that band listeners should have. “Strang Ways” is a very good Kiss cover and the live tracks sound good and are well recorded; disc 3 has a better “Duke Nukem Theme” than what you have listened to before. The disc 4 has truly breathtaking tracks performed live. “It’s Electic” is very good and this shows that it is underated. “Devil’s Island” shows that Dave’s voice is better than most believe and he can truly sing aside from shredding.

So people know that Megadeth is a kick ass band that brings metal to the people for more than two decades. This is another way to show that they are among few bands that can muster gas up this kind of solid work. It shows Mustaine in all of his metallic glory, surrounded by first rate musicians. To the people who have their songs this is worth it for the demos, session takes, and the other things they give.


Disk One

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

Disk Two

1. “keeping score …” *
2. Symphony Of Destruction
3. Go To Hell
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

Disk Three

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

Disk Four
all tracks recorded live at Wembley Stadium, London, England 10/16/90

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. Holy Wars … The Punishment Due *
14. It’s Electric *
15. Anarchy In The U.K. *

Disc Five [DVD]
all tracks recorded live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England 9/30/92

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. *

* previously unreleased
^ previously unreleased in the U.S.



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