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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Metal Louvre: Megadeth - Youthanasia

It's not so much that Megadeth's cover for Youthanasia is shocking, per se. It's more a case of "Whoa, now that takes some balls!"

Dave Mustaine landed into a bigger frying pan for the misperceived "A Tout Le Monde" from Youthanasia even though most of his attackers were way off-base by calling it a suicide song. Megadeth's ill-fated MTV performance in support of Youthanasia did nothing to ebb critics of the band, in particular Mustaine's self-loathing tirade that accidentally kicked off "A Tout Le Monde."

Megadeth suffered even more criticism from thrash purists for Youthanasia's more mainstream approach that bobbed straight into toe-tapping, chart-topping Cryptic Writings thereafter. Still, this album has a lot to say for itself musically and the cover is even more provoking than anything Vic Rattlehead has achieved, Rust in Peace notwithstanding.

For me, the clothes-pinned infants on Youthanasia expresses so many issues, be it child abuse or the delineation of our society. If you're parent, it can even be a silent in-joke when the job of child rearing grows stressful, depending on how well you temper your sense of humor.

1 comment:

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Best their album!! Freedman's guitar work just freaky on this recording. SO cool sounds even today