Concert preview: Megadeth and Meshuggah at Express Live

Rick Allen

It had been many moons since I last listened to Meshuggah. I still have a soft spot for the band's '95 debut, Destroy Erase Improve, which at times sounds like the Swedish extreme metal band literally strangling Slayer, and at other times displays a tenderness and beauty you would expect from our Scandinavian friends.

As enjoyable as traipsing through Meshuggah's back catalog has been, the best band on this bill is Megadeth, and honestly, Megadeth is one of the best live bands I have ever seen. I don't like the records. I don't like Dave Mustaine's politics. Everything about the band is corny, in a very overt, pedestrian, corporate metal band way. Nothing about Megadeth should be worth discussing.

Live, however, Megadeth is incredible. I have no idea what it is like working for Mustaine, but the band conveys a tension and precision onstage that must come from both fear and love — from the terror and awe of working with a genius and a madman. Why alienated teenage boys find solace in metal and find solace in Megadeth is immediately apparent onstage. If you have never understood metal, go to this show. In the end, you will.(Don't miss it)

Express Live

5:30 p.m. Friday, June 30

405 Neil Ave., Arena District