Days of Beer and Promos

Taken with the holiday spirit, Trashman gives thanks for the good things in life.

Megadeth
Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years
(Capitol)

What is essentially a greatest-hits package (with two new songs, "Kill the King" and "Dread & the Fugitive Mind"), Capitol Punishment settles Megadeth's contractual obligations to Capitol Records. Watch for the band's minor-label debut sometime early next year.

Megadeth represents for me a homespun charm. The sound of the band defines a certain desolation, a futility that transcends geography, Sunday at dusk if you will. The boorish minor chord riffing and furrowed brow earnestness of tunes like "Holy Wars" and "Peace Sells (But Who's Buying)" will invariably place me in the Arizona hell I know all too well. The hell of the trailer; of living from hand to mouth; of neighbors settling arguments by beating the crap out of each other; of people who can't accept authority; of round-the-clock trysts with the law over pedestrian predicaments; of a lack of personal discipline and self-esteem; of booze, drugs and too much porn . . .

In other words, a crap collection of songs.

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