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“Warchest” by Megadeth

Artist: Megadeth
Title: “Warchest”
Label: Capitol Records
Release Date: 10/3/2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 5/5

There certainly hasn’t been a shortage of Megadeth product these days with both hits and video collections along with live concert CD and DVD’s that have brought the listener right up to the front row of their shows. Their continued dominance and relevance over an ever shifting musical landscape has proven that they are truly masters of what they do and while the lineups have changed over the years the main mastermind has always been Dave Mustaine. As the leader of one of Metal’s most exciting bands the guitarist/composer/singer has mixed technical expertise along with a strong sense of political savvy and opinion which made albums like “Peace Sells..But Who’s Buying?” and “Rust In Peace” immediate classics that still are as powerful today as when they were first released. The bands stellar career and accomplishments leads us to the release of “Warchest” – Megadeth’s very first career-spanning collection of music and since it runs a little over six hours in time you just know there is a little bit of everything on it. I have to give Mustaine some credit with this release because he could have gone the easy route and released a boxed set that included almost every song that long time fans had in their collections already but he didn’t. We saw this happen with KISS a few years ago who included some 80 album tracks on a 100 song boxed set. Instead Mustaine includes 33 never before released songs and when you are done listening to the “Greatest Hits” area of the collection on the first three CD’s, you can then sit and enjoy a full live concert from 1990 recorded at Wembley Stadium in England.
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