Posts Tagged ‘Chris Adler’

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Megadeth-Dystopiaby Jeff Maki
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There’s been a huge buildup to Dystopia, the 15th album from the legendary Megadeth. Another Megadeth album means another round of mainman Dave Mustaine in the press, and while I quite enjoy his ramblings and his controversial remarks, he’s a constant target on the Internet. (The latest developments are not crediting Dave Ellefson as being a founding member of the band and, most recently, the possibility of a Mustaine-family reality show.) Fans were ecstatic about the near-reunion of the Rust in Peace-era lineup, only to see it fall apart. (Drummer Nick Menza said it was over financial negotiations.) Of course, Mustaine was to blame. He made amends with fans by adding Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler for the recording of Dystopiaand hiring Angra’s Kiko Loureiro as Megadeth’s new full-time guitarist.

So that brings us to Dystopia. I don’t really agree with the things I’ve read about the album being a “return to form.” When did Megadethlose it’s form? Aside from taking a few “risks” and going a little commercial over the years, Megadeth has been about as rock-solid of a thrash metal band as there ever was. (For the record, I happen to like that album.) Rather, Dystopia is hopefully the beginning of a new era for Mustaine, Dave Ellefson, Loureiro, and Adler or whoever ends up becoming the full-time drummer. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki

The hottest ticket in metal this winter undoubtedly is Lamb of God’s first U.S. headlining tour in support of its latest album, VII: Sturm und Drang, released last summer. The Richmond, Virginia-based band has grown steadily through the years to a point where it could fill the venues it’s playing on this tour on its own. But on this run, it chose to repay an old debt, bringing out Anthrax, which, as vocalist Randy Blythe said onstage, took Lamb of God on tour 12 years ago, becoming the first of the “big four” to take a chance on them. It was a near perfect match, and on this frigid January night, fans of both bands packed the sold-out Fillmore to take in some of the very best in American metal today. (more…)