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The best line-up in Megadeth's illustrious career.,
This review is from: That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Megadeth has returned with a live d.v.d. titled `That one night, Live in Buenos Aires',arriving closely on the back of the latest release `United Abominations'. Without a doubt this is one of the finest music d.v.d.'s I have seen in a very long time and is the visual return of the bands 2005 concert in front of a crazed Argentinean audience in the capital city of Buenos Aires. The d.v.d. kicks off with the usual band footage of Dave Mustaine and Glen Drover talking about their expectations regarding the gig as well as some shots of the crowd etc. Mustaine and Drover also take the time to meet the fans and sit down in a park close to the hotel where they are staying to have an acoustic `sing-a-long' as everyone gets into the spirit of things. As the concert begins, the first thing that becomes apparent is the enormity of the stage and the set-up of the equipment.
Shaun Drovers drum kit is an impressive sight perched up on a drum riser with a `Greg Voelker rack system' that has the cymbals hanging from a stainless steel frame instead of cymbal stands that so often clutter the drum kit up. To the left and right of his kit is an impressive wall of Marshall speakers, along with an overhead lighting gantry and in front of the stage there is a platform that protrudes out into the audience. So far so good and guess what, it gets better? The first track `Blackmail the Universe' kicks of in unsual Megadeth fashion with Mustaine belting the riffs out and his vocals as usual are in top form. Mustaine is his usual moody self, and only defrosts after the sixth track when he acknowledges the audience and then encourages an open dialogue between the crowd and himself, but all is forgiven as he is an increadible lead guitarist and an awesome showman nonetheless.
Mustaine's new guitar partner since 2005, Glen Drover, plays along flawlessly by never missing a note and his playing has impeccable timing. He has emulated the guitar leads of the previous guitarists who have played with Megadeth over the years, like Friedman, Young etc, but saying this he has a different picking style and adds a slightly different edge to the proceedings. There is a fantastic solo that both Mustaine and Drover play on the track `She Wolf' as they step down onto the platform jutting out into the audience. One of the camera shots is from behind the two guitarists and with the postion of the spotlights is very reminisant of K.K. Downing and Glen Tipton from Judas Priest as they soloed against one another. Bassist James McDonough is a name familiar to many as he has spent time playing with Iced Earth, amoungst other bands.
McDonough had some big shoes to full with the unceresmonally departed Dave Ellefson, but in his true style has done an exceptional job and has a great style to his playing. Shaun Drover, like his brother Glen, is an exciting and insperational drummer to watch and does possess a very technical side to his drumming. I have followed his career for a number of years with his own band Eidolon, and he certainally has bucket-loads of talent. The Argentiniean crowd are very passionate for their heavy metal and as soon as the opening riff of `Symphony of Destruction' is heard, the crowd starts singing the main riff...pretty awesome. Despite the usual crowd favourites, a nice selection of songs have been included from most of the noteworthy albums. No money has been spared for this production, as multiple cameras and camera angles have been used, with Mustaine and Glen Drover the main focus due to the explosive riffs they fire off.
Shaun Drover and James McDonough don't get as much camera exposure as one would like to, but the d.v.d. seems to balance it self out rather well. The clarity is just superb and this is visual perfection second to none, with other bands wanting to emulate a live d.v.d. should take a page out of Megadeths book on this one. This gig was recorded in October 2005, but with these latest group of musicians that Mustaine has added to the band, playing with such passion and conviction as a solid conhesive element. This is the most exciting and passionate Megadeth lineup that I have see in years and if there is one d.v.d. to be purchased this year, let it be Megadeth...just superb. Since the release of this d.v.d. McDonough has departed the ranks to be replaced by another respected bassist James Lomenzo, whom has done a lengthy stint with Black Label Society in the past.