(2019) Warheads On Foreheads

Megadeth

... read moreIssued just a few years shy of their 40th year in existence, the massive 35-song compilation Warheads on Foreheads draws from every era of Megadeth's twisting but always menacing tenure. The tracks were hand-selected by bandleader Dave Mustaine, cherrypicking stand-out selections from each of their...

Explicit

02:45′:31″ 35 Songs

Disk 1

1
Rattlehead (Remastered 2018)
Megadeth
3:43
2
Mechanix (Remastered 2018)
Megadeth
4:25
3
Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good! (Remastered 2018)
Megadeth
3:08
4
The Conjuring (Remastered 2011)
Megadeth
5:00
5
Wake Up Dead (Remastered 2011)
Megadeth
3:37
6
Devils Island (Remastered 2011)
Megadeth
5:02
7
Good Mourning / Black Friday
Megadeth
6:40
8
Set The World Afire (Remastered 2004)
Megadeth
5:47
9
In My Darkest Hour (Remastered 2004)
Megadeth
6:26
10
Holy Wars...The Punishment Due (Remastered 2004)
Megadeth
6:30

Disk 2

1
Hangar 18 (Remastered 2004)
Megadeth
5:11
2
Tornado Of Souls (Remastered 2004)
Megadeth
5:16
3
Rust In Peace...Polaris (Remastered 2004)
Megadeth
5:36
4
Five Magics (Remastered 2004)
Megadeth
5:40
5
Take No Prisoners (Remastered 2004)
Megadeth
3:26
6
Skin O' My Teeth (Remastered 2012)
Megadeth
3:17
7
Angry Again
Megadeth
3:45
8
Symphony Of Destruction (Remastered 2012)
Megadeth
4:03
9
Sweating Bullets (Remastered 2004)
Megadeth
5:26
10
A Tout Le Monde (Remastered 2004)
Megadeth
4:28
11
Train Of Consequences (Remastered 2004)
Megadeth
3:29
12
Reckoning Day (Remastered 2004)
Megadeth
4:35

Disk 3

1
Trust (Remastered 2004 / Remixed)
Megadeth
5:11
2
She-Wolf (Remastered 2004 / Remixed)
Megadeth
3:36
3
Wanderlust (Remastered 2004)
Megadeth
5:48
4
Dread And The Fugitive Mind
Megadeth
4:25
5
Blackmail The Universe
Megadeth
4:33
6
Washington Is Next!
Megadeth
5:19
7
Head Crusher
Megadeth
3:27
8
Public Enemy No. 1
Megadeth
4:16
9
Kingmaker
Megadeth
4:16
10
The Threat Is Real
Megadeth
4:21
11
Poisonous Shadows
Megadeth
6:02
12
Death From Within
Megadeth
4:49
13
Dystopia
Megadeth
4:58
Released 22 March 2019, A Capitol Records release; This Compilation ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

Issued just a few years shy of their 40th year in existence, the massive 35-song compilation Warheads on Foreheads draws from every era of Megadeth's twisting but always menacing tenure. The tracks were hand-selected by bandleader Dave Mustaine, cherrypicking stand-out selections from each of their 15 studio albums (as well as a few outlier tracks) and presenting them in chronological order. Beginning with three of the stronger songs from 1985's Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good, Mustaine charts Megadeth's progression through their string of classic thrashy '80s albums into the more accessible sounds and heightened production of their early-'90s work. Things taper off after that, with only one or two picks from most of the band's 2000s and 2010s albums like The System Has Failed, Endgame, and Super Collider. 2016's Dystopia has more of a showing, with the inclusion of four of its better songs. The flow of this massive collection highlights Megadeth's evolution more like an anthology than a greatest-hits collection. Most interesting is the resilience the band shows throughout the decades, turning in powerful compositions more dated by the production traits of the era than any signs of Mustaine and co. mellowing. Some of these songs are indispensable staples to the metal genre, from the misanthropic sneering of '80s rippers like "Wake Up Dead" to the raging riffs and political lyrics of "Symphony of Destruction." Even as the band's catalog winds into material more fan-favored than commercially successful, the band's power and technical prowess stay full throttle. Warheads on Foreheads is too dense to be an introduction for those just getting into Megadeth, but it's a detailed and well-crafted re-tracing of the band's journey from the start. ~ Fred Thomas