megadeth

In the annuls of heavy metal, I don't know if there has been anyone more frustrating to be a fan of than Dave Mustaine.

Not so different from the halcyon days of Ozzfest or Lollapalooza, Gigantour has become an annual staple in the music community. At the same time, the tour is among the last of a dying breed.

"Th1rt3en," the latest offering from heavy metal titans Megadeth, is both a study of what Megadeth has been and could be. It is a self-contained road-map of Megadeth's past aggressions, present explorations and possible future.

How to describe a show that's thirty years in the making? An event so domineering it was called, without hyperbole, the largest metal show that the East Coast has ever seen.

So, despite promising an update on tour "dates" (plural) as late as yesterday, the Big 4 of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax have released a statement concerning just a single date.

Just one.

After all the waiting and back surgery and more waiting, how can I best sum up the experience that was the American Carnage tour? Well, with the help of a free (and possibly unreliable) internet translator, here are a few simple phrases in a whole slew of languages:

I have no words for this. My brain is on overload. There are so many stereotypical bubblegum anime idioms in this video, they could collectively choke a police horse. I sent this same video in an email to some friends of mine, with the simple summary: "this is the single most amazing, embarrassingly Japanese thing I've ever seen...Watch the video. Watch it. I dare you."

If you haven't heard yet, there will be no American Carnage tour... at least, not this winter.

When one sits down to listen to any new album from Megadeth, there are a handful of constant truths that simply have to be accepted before one can get anywhere.