Head Crushers Come to Town

Sunday, this week, is the day for Delhi's metalheads to enter the esoteric world of thrash metal titans Megadeth, bang their heads to the excitingly powerful anthems that have ruled the world for almost three decades, and just revel in the deliberate menace of their music as the dark and labyrinthine passages from their famous ditties take over.

A musical mayhem is expected when flame-haired Dave Mustaine on the vocals and guitar, Dave Ellefson on bass, drummer Shawn Drover and rhythm and lead guitarist Chris Broderick take centre stage at the "Black Rock Arena"on the second day of Bacardi NH7 Weekender. It is one of the six stages built near Buddha Circuit in Greater Noida.

"We're looking forward to playing a great show to a really passionate set of fans in India. It's been four years since we last came to India and we think it's time for the fans to see us again and the right time for us to come back and play a great show," says Drover, in an e-mail interview to The Indian Express.

Known as the pioneer of American thrash metal movement and one of the Big Four metal acts in the world that includes Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax the Grammy-winning band has toured the world, sold millions of albums worldwide and is known for its flawless musicianship. What is the secret behind the longevity of the band? "I've been in the band for about eight years and that's a question I can't really answer. But I think it is probably the amount of passion that Dave (Mustaine) has put into the band since it began. This has carried the band through all these years," says Drover.

The band may have gone through a lot in terms of controversies, addictions and illnesses, but Drover points out that the band has also evolved over the years and become stronger. "Every Megadeth album is different. If you listen to Peace sells... and compare it to Youthanasia, they're obviously going to sound a lot different from each other. So, yeah, we evolve with each record. The way the band sounds now, and the way it sounded before, has changed a lot," adds Drover.

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