By Leland Smith
Megadeth fired nitro on all cylinders Tuesday night at the Egan Center. The totally chronic lineup featured Glen Dover, rhythm/lead guitar, Shawn Dover-drums and James LoMenzo on bass.
The metal monsters mashed into their set with the conviction and precision of a crew of head banging NASA engineers.
Opening with “Sleepwalker, “ from their latest release “United Abominations.” Megadeth doled out metal medicine to a frothing and frenetic crowd of around 2100.
Founder Dave Mustaine, sporting a “flying V” guitar and basting in ego to spare, was at the top of his game, hammering at axe and vocals with the same fire that made him famous in the early ‘80s. Throughout the night, the band performed incendiary new material as well as molten classics that would make Pavlov volcano blush.
Mustaine, citing that the mark of a good band is the fact that they play in Alaska or Hawaii, screamed, “I didn’t forget about you.” The quartet proceeded to bash out “Wake Up Dead,” “Skin of my Teeth” and “Hanger 18” to the loyal and delirious crowd.
Keeping up the pressure, the band closed out the mosh pit with “Eye of the Tornado,” Peace Sells (But Who’s buying)” and encored with the tempestuous “Holy Wars.”
Local metal mercenaries, Theory of Hate totally ruled as they opened the show in perfect poise, pumping the crowd up to a fever pitch.
Featuring: Bryan Earl on drums; Josh Hobert, guitar; Ninja Pete, guitar; Shawn Farmer, bass; and Dave-O on vocals, the band gave the crowd a thorough pasting with the soon-to-be self-penned classics “Synthetic Sin,” “With the Right Pain” and the meticulous “Puppets of Blood.” The band simply shredded flesh.
Theory of Hate’s anti-drug and anti-domestic violence messages are a refreshing, uncommon and admirable twist to the death metal genre. This is a band of talented young men that Anchorage should be proud of.
The show went off like clockwork. Hats off to Creative Lighting and Sound for delivering the best Egan sound production I have heard to date. Everyone literally had a blast.
Leland Smith is a bashful leather-head.