[Live Review + Photography] Megadeth – Live in Hong Kong

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今年1月Metallica首次來港,對金屬死忠和經典搖滾追隨者來說可算是年度大事。有誰會想到另外一個Thrash領導樂團會在四個月後襲港呢?於1983年加州成立、Big 4 之一 Megadeth 在這個七月之夜來到香港,向您展示了他們過去三十四年從未減退的金屬力量!

January’s thrash night by Metallica had been one of the greatest event of the year for metal head and whoever enjoys metal classics. Who would have thought another thrash master will be here four months later? Hailing from California in 1983, Megadeth is here in Hong Kong to show you their power never got away in the last 34 years!

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Photo Gallery 現場相集 – Megadeth – Live in Hong Kong
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當晚先有蒙古另類金屬樂團顛覆M (Ego Fall) 作暖場嘉賓,展現強大的力量。 樂隊以獨特的風格、混合蒙古民族音樂與西方重金屬編曲而聞名。 他們總是自豪地把對自己民族的驕傲透過傳統音樂展示出來。 即使這不是他們的個人演唱會,但也絕不欺場。他們多次從舞台跳下來,與觀眾進行互動。最後更揮舞著巨大印上樂團標誌的旗幟,告訴你他們的名字 —— 這就是Ego Fall!

The night begins with the Mongolian metalheads Ego Fall’s  (顛覆M) unique, powerful opening set. The band is known for their finely-crafted, carefully-mix of traditional Mongolian folk music with western heavy metal composition. They always proudly put their love and respect of their traditional music on display. Even this is not their headline show, there is no shortage of energy. They jump down from the stage and try to interact with the crowd as much as they can. The high flying flag waving in the end reminds you who they are again — this is Ego Fall.

一小時過去,Megadeth終於進場了! 舞台上放置了3個巨大顯示屏,上一下二的疊著排列整齊。隨著場內燈光熄滅,螢幕開始閃爍著火炙和怪物的影像,最後「MEGADETH」的標誌彈出,樂隊也一併跑出來。 Dave Mustaine、David Ellefson、Kiko Loureiro 與 Dirk Verbeuren 有如金屬英雄般步向舞台邊何樂迷打招呼。樂團在過去34年內發行了15張專輯,仍然寶刀未老,看起來依舊很頑強。

Another hour pass by and Megadeth is finally here! The stage is occupied by 3 display monitors, arranged in 2 levels at the back. The lights are off and video of fire and monster starts flashing. “MEGADETH” logo popped out and the band march out. Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson, Kiko Loureiro and Dirk Verbeuren march out like the metal heroes —— the group still look fierce after releasing 15 studio albums in 34 years.

可能因為是樂隊來香港的第一次演出,儘管這晚是其最新專輯Dystopia的宣傳巡演的一部分,他們仍決定以八十年代末、九十年代初的經典作品為開首 —— Rust In Peace 專輯內的 Hanger 18、取自1984年出版的 Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying 內的 Wake Up Dead,及87年燴炙人口之作、So Far, So Good… So What! 內的 In My Darkest Hour —— 試問埸內又有誰不懂跟著合唱呢?

Since this is the 1st time for the band to come to Hong Kong, despite this night is part of their promotional tour for the latest album ‘ Dystopia,’ they decide to open with 3 classics back in the late 80s and early 90s — “Hanger 18” from ‘ Rust In Peace’, “Wake Up Dead” from 1984’s massive album ‘Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying” and “In My Darkest Hour” taken from 1987’s ‘So Far, So Good… So What!’

每首歌曲也配以相應的視頻,有的是加強歌曲意義的片段,有的把專輯封面主角變成動畫一部分。很多時候Megadeth會在歌曲強調政治立場,因此有不少軍隊、士兵、坦克和子彈的視頻告訴你 peace sells… but who’s buying!其他的還有展示他們的高超音樂技術,以實時蒙太奇手法給你欣賞。 經過多年的合作,成員們無論在場上、還是任何舞台互動都是合作舞間的。

The video displaying behind accompany  the song they play, either in support of the meaning of the song or is part of the music’s album cover. To emphasise on their political standpoint, it’s no surprise to see video of army, troops, tanks and bullets to tell you peace sells… but who’s buying! Other imaginary also include real-time montage of their super skilful instrumental display. With years of collaboration, the members are 100% sync no matter is position or any kind of movement on stage.

這次無疑是香港任何Megadeth粉絲和本地金屬圈的完美之夜。樂隊在個半小時帶你穿過18首歌曲的合集,讓您有機會重溫不同階段的鞭金之作,當中不僅是新歌,也有對不少人來說不可替代的經典。最後的 Symphony of Destruction、Peace Sells 和 Holy Wars… The Punishment Due 再次提醒您 Megadeth 一直在音樂上與您分享的政治理念。

Brother will kill brother
Spilling blood across the land
Killing for religion
Something I don’t understand
(Holy Wars… The Punishment Due , Megadeth)

This is no doubt a perfect night for any Megadeth fans and metal community in Hong Kong. The band have taken you through a 18-song setlist which give you the chance to revisit different stage of the thrash metallers’ career, not only the new songs, but also the irreplaceable classics that everyone can singalong to. The closing tunes, “Symphony of Destruction,” “Peace Sells” and “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due” further remind you the political statement of Megadeth have always trying to share with you.

Setlist
1. Hangar 18
2. Wake Up Dead
3. In My Darkest Hour
4. The Threat Is Real
5. Sweating Bullets
6. She-Wolf
7. Conquer or Die!
8. Lying in State
9. Trust
10. Poisonous Shadows
11. Fatal Illusion
12. A Tout Le Monde
13. Tornado of Souls
14. Post American World
15. Dystopia
16. Symphony of Destruction
17. Peace Sells
18. Holy Wars… The Punishment Due

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Photo Gallery 現場相集 – Megadeth – Live in Hong Kong
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