Megadeth: That One Night - Live In Buenos Aires - Music Review

By Adam Parker, HOT INDIE NEWS .com

Date Published: December 11, 2007

Megadeth: That One Night - Live In Buenos Aires - Music Review Megadeth's That One Night - Live in Argentina, does what live albums do best. A live album should spotlight a band's ability to move the crowd and turn them into part of the spectacle as they erupt into a storm of white noise more or less in key and in time to the tunes, as they shout along and clap to the beat of the songs. Listen to this double-disk live album, and you'll hear Megadeth and 25,000 die-hard (undead is a better description of their nonstop energy that accompanies Megadeth from start to finish) fans in Buenos Aires combine into a heavy metal Godzilla breathing new fire into songs that have crushed metalheads across the world for the past three decades. You'll get goose bumps from listening to the crowd sing along to every part of "Hangar 18."

Old favorites kick it in style with some of the band's more recent tunes. Disk one explodes in your face with its opening track "Blackmail the Universe", a recent song (from the band's 2004 release, The System Has Failed) driven by the thrashy gallop that has powered many of Megadeth's signature tunes. The order in which the songs are played allow the listener to explore each aspect of Megadeth's musicianship for a few songs before moving to the next group of songs showing another side of the band. "In My Darkest Hour" from their 1988 release So Far, So Good...So What! combines a moody sense of melody supported by chugging guitars. So does the following song, "Die Dead Enough," from The System Has Failed. This album is also available on DVD and I'll bet money that the arena was ablaze with cigarette lighters as the crowd sang along to the intro of "A Toute Le Monde."

However, disk two is the main attraction of the album, just as Rust In Peace was considered Megadeth's finest work. And there is plenty of that album featured on disk two - "Hangar 18," "Holy Wars" and "Tornado of Souls." You'll also find "Peace Sells" from 1986's Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? and "Symphony of Destruction" from 1992's Countdown to Extinction here. The crowd noise is noticeably louder on disk two, which not only confirms, but also reinforces the fact that the second half of the show is Megadeth at its best.

The album's live mix is sufficiently clear, but the crowd noise, which must have been a deafening roar if you were at the concert, does detract a little bit from the sound quality. However, this is well worth the sweat and testosterone that the crowd infuses these songs with their enthusiasm. And frontman Dave Mustaine's vocals, love ‘em or hate ‘em, most metalheads will tolerate them. Such is the case in concert and Dave the guitarist has always made up for Dave the vocalist anyway.

This is album is a worthwhile addition to any Megadeth fan's CD collection, and I couldn't think of a better way to introduce a new listener to the metal gods that are Megadeth than letting them hear this album.