Vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine formed the thrash-metal band Megadeth after he was fired from an early version of Metallica. Although Megadeth never scaled the commercial and critical heights of his former band -- which probably added to the sting of the firing -- it still achieved steady mainstream success. The only constant in Megadeth besides the moody Mustaine is bassist David Ellefson. The fluctuating lineup has included guitarists Al Pitrelli, Marty Friedman, Jeff Young and Chris Poland and drummers Jimmy DeGrasso, Nick Menza, Chuck Behler and Gar Samuelson. 2000's Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years is a terrific best of that collects two new songs, "Kill the King" and "Dread & The Fugitive Mind," and 12 others from the band's seven full-length Capitol Records albums. (Nothing from the soundtrack and tribute-album compilation EP Hidden Treasures is included.) The running order of this bitterly titled Capitol contract wrap-up is interesting because the songs are in reverse chronological order, and this shows how Megadeth has evolved musically. The newer material utilizes different instrumental textures and tempo changes while the early songs are full of the power, aggression and, uh, "spit" and vinegar of youth. "Kill the King" (not a Rainbow cover) rumbles along while relying on a catchy chorus. It wouldn't be surprising if the roaring "Crush 'Em" becomes a sports-event anthem. "Use the Man" is a harrowing warning about drug addiction, and Mustaine should know because he's a former heroin addict. Latter-day Megadeth is highlighted by "Trust," "A Tout Le Monde" and "Train of Consequences." 1992's Countdown to Extinction was Megadeth's most commercially successful album and it's represented by "Sweating Bullets" and "Symphony of Destruction," which actually charted as a single. Early stunners are "Hangar 18," "Holy Wars ... The Punishment Due" and "Peace Sells." The liner notes include lyrics but, unfortunately, no photos.
Performance CreditsMegadeth Primary Artist
Chris Poland Guitar
Marty Friedman Guitar,Background Vocals
David Ellefson Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Nick Menza Drums,Background Vocals
Dave Mustaine Guitar,Vocals
Pitrelli Guitar,Background Vocals
Gar Samuelson Drums
Chuck Behler Drums
Jimmy DeGrasso Drums,Background Vocals
Jeff Young Guitar
Technical CreditsDick Wagner Composer
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Kalynn Campbell Illustrations
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Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
It's a greatest hits from the #1 metal band to walk the face of the planet. The two new tracks are incredible and the medley is very cool. The old songs are remastered and hit much harder. A great cd to introduce people to Megadeth!!!!
I have been a Megadeth fan since their first album, a feel that this album puts together some great Megadeth songs. I wish there would of been songs llike ''Devils Island'' and ''FFF'' instead of ''Use the Man'' and ''Crush 'em''. A GREAT BUY!!!!!!!