Following the successful 2007 release of the coveted 4-CD+DVD Warchest box set, Megadeth is back with a vengeance with Anthology: Set The World Afire. The career-spanning 2-CD and digital collection, to be released September 30 by Capitol/EMI, features Megadeth’s top hits and fan favorites, a previously unreleased demo and two rare concert recordings.
Anthology: Set The World Afire is loaded with 35 electrifying tracks, among them Megadeth’s top hits, including “Trust,” “A Tout Le Monde,” “Insomnia” and “Train of Consequences.” Also included are rare 1992 concert recordings of “Peace Sells” and “Symphony of Destruction,” previously available only in limited release, the latter having never been released in the U.S. “High Speed Dirt” is a demo version, previously unreleased.
Iconic frontman Dave Mustaine pioneered the hugely successful metal band, Megadeth after his departure from Metallica. Beginning with the band’s 1985 debut album, Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!, and evolving through a shifting series of lineups, Megadeth crafted a dynamic, intelligent style that combined the aggressiveness of thrash metal, the improvisational nature of jazz, and cynical, articulate, politically-charged lyrics into an innovative mix that built a rabid worldwide following.
In 1992, Megadeth burst into the mainstream with their fifth album, Countdown To Extinction, which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart and went on to sell more than two million copies in the U.S. alone. 1994’s Youthanasia followed with a #4 debut, while 1997’s Cryptic Writings yielded four Top 20 hits at rock radio, including “Trust” and “Almost Honest.”
After a brief hiatus in 2002, Megadeth made a bold return when their tenth studio album, The System Has Failed, debuted at #18 on Billboard’s Top 200.
In recent years, Mustaine has also overseen the broad remastering campaign for Megadeth’s Capitol Records catalog, which began with the band’s second album, Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? Mustaine spent months remixing, remastering, restoring – and in some cases, reconstructing – the band’s Capitol catalog to bring it as close to his original vision as possible. Each reissue and last year’s career-spanning Warchest box set is packed with unreleased tracks, demos and alternate mixes, as well as new liner notes by the iconoclastic Mustaine.
For the majority of three decades, Megadeth has yanked heavy metal into the future – musically, lyrically, and culturally – and worked the raw soil into something desirable and dangerous. With defiance and grace, through unusual quality and intelligence, Megadeth has raised a generation on a diet of truth serum and bitter pills. Instead of being kicked to the curb for their insolence, they’ve been rewarded with seven Grammy nominations and five platinum and multi-platinum albums.
On September 30, Megadeth will continue to build on this powerful legacy with Anthology: Set The World Afire and will prove once again that they are an indispensable part of heavy metal history.
For more information regarding Megadeth’s latest pursuits, please visit the band’s official Website: http://www.megadeth.com.
MEGADETH: Anthology: Set The World Afire (2-CD, Digital Album) Track Listing:
Disc 1 Disc 2
1. Mechanix 1. Skin O’ My Teeth
2. Rattlehead 2. Ashes In Your Mouth
3. Peace Sells 3. Breakpoint
4. Wake Up Dead 4. Angry Again
5. Devils Island 5. Train of Consequences
6. Anarchy in the U.K. 6. Reckoning Day
7. Set The World Afire 7. A Tout Le Monde
8. Into The Lungs Of Hell 8. The Killing Road
9. In My Darkest Hour 9. New World Order
10. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due 10. Trust
11. Tornado of Souls 11. She-Wolf
12. Hangar 18 12. Insomnia
13. Take No Prisoners 13. Prince of Darkness
14. Go To Hell 14. Kill The King
15. Sweating Bullets 15. Dread And The Fugitive Mind
16. Crown of Worms 16. Foreclosure of a Dream
17. High Speed Dirt [Demo]* 17. Symphony of Destruction (live, Cow Palace, 1992)**
18. Peace Sells (live, Cow Palace, 1992)
**Previously unreleased in the U.S.
Everyone from AC/DC, to KISS, and even Jetboy have opened up their archives to deliver new collections worth owning. Megadeth is the latest to jump on the band wagon, by releasing their own set called The Warchest, a collection of goodies that not too many Megadeth fans will want to be without for very long.
Chances are you have many of the songs listed in this set, but you don’t have the rare demo cuts of these tunes. Some of which, I like better than the originals due to the rawness of the cuts.
The are several cuts that have never been released in the United States, and several more that have live cuts that have never been released anywhere. Disc 4 of this set captures a live show recorded live at Wembley Stadium in London in 1990. This is the first time you will hear these live versions anywhere.
The real bonus in this set is the DVD. Megadeth is captured live at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, from 1992. Those of you that were not overly impressed with the last Megadeth live DVD, That One Night – Live in Buenos Aires, truly needs to check this one out. This is an extremely tight set by Megadeth. It is a high energy, excellent hair flying experience. It is by far my favorite live DVD from Megadeth without question.
The Megadeth Warchest is a great collection with over five hours of superb heavy metal entertainment. This set is a must own for die hard Megadeth fans.
You have a few more days to get your name in the running for a free copy of this set. You can enter the Hard Rock Hideout Warchest giveaway at this link. The winner will be picked this Friday!
Rating: Out of 10
2. The Skull Beneath The Skin
3. Peace Sells
4. Wake Up Dead
5. Devils Island
6. Set The World Afire
7. Into The Lungs Of Hell
8. Anarchy/Problems [session take]*
9. Hook In Mouth
11.In My Darkest Hour
12.No More Mr. Nice Guy
14.Holy Wars…The Punishment Due [Casey McMackin demo]*
15.Tornado Of Souls [demo]*
16.Five Magics [demo]*
1. “keeping score…”*
2. Symphony Of Destruction
3. Go To Hell
4. Foreclosure Of A Dream
5. Architecture Of Aggression [demo]^
6. Skin O’ My Teeth [live at Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI 5/23/92]
High Speed Dirt [live at Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI 5/23/92]
8. Ashes In Your Mouth [live at the Cow Palace, S.F., CA 12/4/92]
9. Sweating Bullets [live at the Cow Palace, S.F., CA 12/4/92]
10.Breakpoint [session take]*
12.Train Of Consequences
14.New World Order
15.The Killing Road
19.A Tout Le Monde
2. Almost Honest
3. Use The Man
5. A Secret Place [live at Woodstock, NY 7/25/99]
6. One Thing^
7. Duke Nukem
9. Crush ‘Em
10. Kill The King
11. Dread And The Fugitive Mind
12. Never Say Die
13. Moto Psycho
14. 1000 Times Goodbye
15. Coming Home^
16. Kick The Chair
17. Of Mice And Men
All tracks recorded live at Wembley Stadium, London, England 10/16/90
2. Wake Up Dead*
3. Hangar 18*
4. Hook In Mouth*
5. The Skull Beneath The Skin*
6. The Conjuring*
7. In My Darkest Hour*
9. Devils Island*
10.Take No Prisoners*
11. Peace Sells*
12. Black Friday*
13. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due*
14. It’s Electric*
15. Anarchy In The U.K.*
( * previously unreleased ^ previously unreleased in the U.S. )
1. Intro/Holy Wars…ThePunishment Due*
2. Wake up Dead*
3. Hangar 18*
5. Sweating Bullets*
6. In My Darkest Hour*
7. Tornado of Souls*
8. Ashes In Your Mouth*
9. Peace Sells*
10. Anarchy In the U.K.*