Megadeth
Anthology: Set the World Afire


4.0
excellent

Review

by JustinJay65 USER (4 Reviews)
January 15th, 2013 | 24 replies | 1,847 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Megadeth sets my ears on fire with this awesome compilation!

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

I would like to share something with you all. The other day I was getting ready to embark on a trip that would take two hours. I asked myself “How in the world can I kill two hours?” And then it instantly hit me: Music. The question was; what kind of music? I took a look at my CD collection. Then a name caught my eye: MEGADETH! I was a dedicated Megadeth fan during my teens, without them I never would have survived high school. Of course it was simply just a phase; I haven’t heard Dave Mustaine’s crazy cohorts for three years now. So I decided to give this compilation a listen, I never heard it from start to finish before. I put the disc inside my music player and simply pressed play. And time ceased to exist instantly by the very first track!

Every track in this “Anthology” displays the sheer raw power that Megadeth contributed to the Thrash metal scene. What I really like about this album is how the songs are chronologically ordered; the listener can fully experience the musical growth of this band. Disc one is the showcase of the band’s early “thrashy” roots with strong powerful numbers like “Mechanix”, “Devil’s Island” and “Rattlehead”. Not only was Mr. Mustaine skilled on the guitar but everyone in the band were just powerful, especially the early lineup. Dave Ellefson’s bass guitar dominates track for track maintaining the tempo and understanding the complex time changes. Tracks like “Peace Sells”, “Tornado of Souls”, “Sweating Bullets” and “Hangar 18” are just snippets of Ellefson’s skills. “Wake up Dead” is Megadeth at their finest with sheer intensity, fast chord progressions, different tempo changes, grooves and phenomenal guitar soloing throughout the track, accompanied with some humor in the lyrics. And the same goes for the other classic “Holy Wars…Punishment Due” truly a headbanger’s dream.

Yes they had the songs that would pump your blood but they also had their catchy tunes. This is what the listener will mostly hear from Disc Two when the band experimented and leaned towards a more of an “Alternative mainstream” sound. Such songs like “A Tout le Monde”, “Trust” and my personal favorite “Insomnia” which is really catchy and enjoyable. Not enjoyable like their Thrash songs but more enjoyable as a pop song sort of way. The second disc does sound different than the first but it’s not weak at all, the band still maintain to dish out speedy powerful songs like the killer “Skin O’ My Teeth”, “Foreclosure of a Dream” and “Angry Again”. All tracks that revisit their early Thrash roots with better production and consistency.

It’s strange to have filler material in a “best of” album. There should never be any filler material in such albums, hence the name “best of”. Unfortunately this “Anthology” is plagued with filler stuff. Useless Demo tracks like “Crowns of Worms” and “High Speed Dirty” just seems to ruin the flow of the album. The instrumental “Into the Lungs of Hell” was unnecessary. And a bunch of sound tracks from movies and video games that doesn’t leave a lasting impression. Another low blow was the live version of “Symphony of Destruction” was included and not the studio version. I personally prefer the studio version.

By the end of the album I never did notice that two hours have elapsed and I arrived at my destination. Deep down my teenage self pleaded more time and more Megadeth. That’s how great this album was. I highly recommend it to anyone that’s into Metal, Megadeth, or just wants to unleash the teenage rage of the past for awhile (like me). Trust me it’s worth it.


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PsychicChris
January 15th 2013



194 Comments


The lack of Last Rites/Loved to Deth on this album makes me a sad panda.

ChopSuey
January 15th 2013



2383 Comments


I should neg this review not because its bad......but because im a dick

Conorman11
January 15th 2013



538 Comments


I'm always so meh about reviews on compilation albums (unless the album is collecting a bunch of unreleased stuff).

Review was alright I guess.

Fluttertrank
January 15th 2013



16963 Comments


deth rules.

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facupm
January 16th 2013



5600 Comments


i don like compilations

Digging: Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf

Conorman11
January 16th 2013



538 Comments


yea me too. Although when they are compilations of rarities and b-sides and stuff they can be awesome (see Pink Floyd's Relics).

Conorman11
January 16th 2013



538 Comments


I was joking about your review too, btw. I pos'd it already.

The obvious mistakes here are: the demo version of Highspeed Dirt and the exclusion of Grabbag.

JustinJay65
January 16th 2013



26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow its really that bad uh? This is my first stab at summary review, i have a lot to learn, I apologize for that LOL and I completely agree with you Conorman11; some compilations are great when it includes rarity tracks or unreleased material. I actually prefer full studio albums than "best of's" And of course MEGADETH RULES!!!

Conorman11
January 16th 2013



538 Comments


you will learn that reviewing best of albums on here isn't the way to go

BlackLlama
January 16th 2013



1355 Comments


Why do best of albums even exist anymore? I can just go to Megadeth in Google Music and hit shuffle :D At worst one goes and downloads their favorite tracks and voila, instant compilation. That way I don't have to worry about getting a "live" version of this or a "boot" version of that.

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ViperAces
January 16th 2013



12357 Comments


basically what llama said

facupm
January 16th 2013



5600 Comments


it s not a bad review, but Compilations are something that i dislike, review was pretty good

oltnabrick
January 16th 2013



29282 Comments


i used have this album lol idk why.



good times.

Digging: Future - Honest

Conorman11
January 16th 2013



538 Comments


because it's megadeth, that's why

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2013



18612 Comments


pos'd cause megadeth rules. some grammatical errors but good effort

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gfdhicool
March 24th 2013



96 Comments


That face though...(Dave Mustaine's)

Fluttertrank
March 24th 2013



16963 Comments


i dont want to set the world on fire.

NeoSpaz
March 24th 2013



4506 Comments


Ugh, I'll never like the term Set the World on Fire after BVB, then Janoskians ruined it.

Fluttertrank
March 24th 2013



16963 Comments


lol Janoskians.

NeoSpaz
March 24th 2013



4506 Comments


The pain they produce in my brain is excessive.



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