Despite the near-absence of thrash metal in the world of arena concerts anymore, veteran thrashmasters Megadeth still keep the headbanging faith, making informed, creative records and staging enthusiastic shows like this one at the cavernous Olympic in downtown L.A.
The Phoenix-based quartet has risen above the pedestrian, revenge-filled themes that marked its early recordings, and now performs a thinking-person’s metal style that combines the band’s trademark musical precision with a social commentary that certainly separates the band from its peers.
During this 90-minute show, Megadeth kept the moshers and stage-divers busy with a varied attack that featured songs from the group’s 10-year career, as well as cuts from its most recent album, “Youthanasia.”
Replete with complex musical and political references that may or may not go over the heads of the fans, the Capitol-issued collection covers a variety of controversial subjects, and it’s just this postulating that makes the case for the continued relevance of Megadeth.
Songs like politically charged “Train of Consequences,” current single “A Tout le Monde” and “Reckoning Day” all challenged the group’s young fans on the mental level, while the band’s tireless riffing and soloing answered the kids’ minimum daily requirements for headbang-ability.