In a message to their Asian and Filipino fans, Megadeth lead singer and lead guitarist Dave Mustaine and long-time bassist David Ellefson expressed their excitement at being able to perform in Manila at their one-night-only concert on Sunday, July 29, at Hall D of the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
Megadeth is one of the biggest bands to have come out of the 1980s thrash scene. With more than 38 million records sold over the years, they are also hailed as part of the Big Four of Thrash Metal that includes Anthrax, Slayer, and long-time rival band Metallica.
It was after Mustaine left Metallica in 1983, allegedly kicked out of the group over his alcohol and substance abuse, that he formed the metal quartet.
While the same relentless blueprint permeated their music, Megadeth distinguished itself by streamlining the heavy handed attack, adopting more nihilistic lyrics, a slightly faster tempo, and rounding it up with Mustaine’s signature sneering vocals.
After a grand entrance with their 1985 debut LP “Killing Is My Business…and Business Is Good!”, a string of popular, seminal albums followed. These included “Youthanasia”, “Rust in Peace” and “Countdown to Extinction.”
The Megadeth concert, a first for the band on Philippines shores, is organized by PULP Live World and co-presented by Colt45. It is part of the global tour in support of their 2011 studio album, aptly titled “Th1rte3n”, the first since 2001’s “The World Needs a Hero.”
Billed as a rare return to form, “Th1rte3n’s” tracks like “Sudden Death” and “Public Enemy No. 1” fuse a vintage sound with very modern metal elements in a step towards what is becoming a new, breath-taking opinion of heavy for the band.