Megadeth, In This Moment, The Confession
Murat Egyptian Room
Friday, Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m. doors, $32.50, all-ages
A cursory listen to Megadeth’s 11th and latest studio album, “United Abominations,” proves the recent piecemeal attempts by the seminal metal band to go back to its roots are over.
In short, the shred is back — all the way back.
Give partial credit for this to Glen Drover. He joined Megadeth in 2004, just before the Blackmail the Universe tour. Drover, a force unto himself for his work with King Diamond and his own thrash band Eidolon (with his drummer brother Shawn, who’s also now in Megadeth), helped bring Megadeth’s sound back to where it belongs.
“I think the influence from me and Shawn, being that we grew up with the old [Megadeth] albums, helped embrace the past,” he says. “But [‘United Abominations’] is a mixture of old and new. It’s a well-rounded album. It’s a step forward, from even the last album — going toward the older style of Megadeth.”
Though Drover, a native of Ottawa, was familiar with Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine’s work, he learned his legato style of playing from others.
“Although I do like his guitar playing, my style tends to be a little different,” Drover says. “I grew up listening to different guitar players for solos. I was more into the shrapnel guys. The neoclassical stuff really got me going.”
But he also doesn’t downplay the significance of performing under such a banner.
“You can only imagine how exciting that would be,” Drover says. “It was exciting enough for me to get into the band. Then to bring my brother in, whom I’ve been playing with since I was 10 years old …We have a strong bond, a strong chemistry, which is evident live. That’s really a big part of the chemistry of Megadeth now.”
It’s still working three years later. Drover had no hesitation joining Megadeth, despite Mustaine’s rumored despotic nature in the past, when he was battling drug addiction. Drover is unambiguous on the topic.
“We’re all having fun. We get along,” he says of the current lineup. “As long as that’s maintained, we move forward. That’s what it’s all about really. As long as we’re having fun and it works, then we remain a band. So far it’s been great. We’re doing a lot of damage.”