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Symphony of Destruction

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"Symphony of Destruction"
Single by Megadeth
from the album Countdown to Extinction
Released June, 1992
Format CD
Recorded Between January 6 and April 28, 1992
Genre Heavy metal
Length 4:07
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Dave Mustaine
Producer Max Norman and Dave Mustaine
Megadeth singles chronology
"Hangar 18"
(1990)
"Symphony of Destruction"
(1992)
"Foreclosure of a Dream"
(1992)
Countdown to Extinction track listing
"Skin o' My Teeth"
(1)
"Symphony of Destruction"
(2)
"Architecture of Aggression"
(3)

"Symphony of Destruction" is a song by heavy metal band Megadeth, released as a single from their 1992 album, Countdown to Extinction. The lyric explores the hypothetical situation where an average citizen is placed in a position where he runs the country while the public is led by a phantom government.[1] Penned by vocalist and frontman Dave Mustaine, the song received significant radio play and charted in various territories, making it one of Megadeth's best known songs.[2][3][4]

The song was generally well received by critics,[5] and its accompanying music video by Wayne Isham initially received heavy rotation on MTV, but eventually became controversial and was censored because of an assassination scene that MTV felt was "too harsh".[6] The video features each band member individually playing, with a mostly black-and-white nonlinear narrative revolving around a political candidate who is assassinated, and the massive amount of anarchy and riots caused by the event.[6][7] The song has been featured in several sources of media, and has been covered by several bands.

Contents

Origins

Vocalist Dave Mustaine described, in Guitar Center Sessions, the development of "Symphony of Destruction" as stroke of luck. One day while driving down Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles to his home, he was inspired and begun jotting everything that he could down on paper. So stricken with inspiration from a headache, he written lyrics on the back of a sushi receipt, " My metal brains corroding, my head is going to explode".[1] In 1992 Megadeth recorded the demo[8] for what would become "Symphony of Destruction" and after some tweaking, the song was finished and recorded for inclusion on their fifth studio album, Countdown to Extinction.[9] Originally, the first version of the song was much longer but was edited a lot during its pre-production for Countdown.[1]

Mustaine wrote the lyrics to the song, which were written about what he perceived to be how the masses were being led to their own destruction by a political leaders, which is where the title is derived, Symphony of Destruction.[1] The famous legend Pied Piper of Hamelin, is mentioned in the song and contains direct correlations to the lyrical meaning of the song.[10] In the legend, the Pied Piper had the ability to force children and rats to follow his demands mindlessly, like the public does to military dictatorships.[11][12]

Structure

"Symphony of Destruction" is 4 minutes, 7 seconds long.[13] In the first five seconds of the song, the classical piece at the beginning of the song is the Offertorium, Domine Jesu Christe from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Requiem (K. 626), and the sound heard is an orchestra tuning their instruments,[14] and then it immediately shifts into a heavily melodic guitar riff, which plays nearly continuously throughout the duration of the song, with the exception of the solos where the tempo speeds up considerably.[15] The song contains what has been described as catchy, with a more commercially mainstream, standard song structure,[16] as opposed to some of Megadeth's more aggressive and structurally intense songs, such as "Hangar 18" or "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due".[5][17]

By 1992, Mustaine's vocal performance and style, along with Megadeth's bombastic aesthetic, were considered jarring by more casual music listeners, meaning they had not yet been exposed to more mainstream audiences. Partially due to the success and radio friendliness of this song and Countdown to Extinction, Megadeth was capable of reaching a higher level of public awareness and cultural relevance.[18][19]

Music video

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine wrote "Symphony of Destruction"

To promote the commercial success of the song as a single, Capitol Records produced a music video in 1992. Directed by Wayne Isham,[20] who also directed the videos for "Train of Consequences" and "99 Ways to Die", the video begins with shots of a burning American flag with the motto For the People imprinted on it, followed by a gun trigger being pulled, and then a man's unblinking eye, foreshadowing the assassination that occurs later in the video. Each member of Megadeth separately appear playing instruments during the video, although none of them are actually seen playing together. Rioting crowds and anarchy are shown in contrast of political figures laughing, which leads to the President and First Lady exiting a limousine to a cheering crowd, where a man with a pistol appears and shoots the president. The remainder of the video consists of nonlinear footage of the band performing and miscellaneous destruction caused by the chaos inflicted by citizens and significant collateral damage.[6][21]

At first, the song was shown considerably on MTV without any concern, but later the scene where the politician finally gets assassinated was censored, because the assassination scene was deemed "too harsh".[6] The edited version continued to be played on MTV, though to a smaller degree. The controversy was defended by Dave Mustaine, where he stated "I think it's more important that our point got across than the fact of whether or not we had to soften up a certain scene or lose it altogether."[6]

Covers and remixes

The song has been covered and remixed by numerous bands. Covers include Alghazanth;[22] Black Warrant, on his Electric album;[23] Fury, for the album Megaded - A Tribute To Megadeth;[24] Hellsongs, for the album Hymns in the Key of 666;[25] Katalepsy, track seven from the album Musick Brings Injuries;[26] Paul Di'Anno for his compilation album The Living Dead;[27] Emil Bulls, on a live version on the tour edition of their album The Black Path;[28] Seeds of Sorrow;[29] Shelby Cinca at the Galaxy Hut in Arlington Virginia,[10] and it was also parodied by J.B.O. as "Symphonie der Verstopfung" (Symphony of Constipation).[30]

More notable covers include Arch Enemy's version, for a Kerrang! CD entitled High Voltage! A Brief History of Rock, which featured modern bands set to define rock music for the next 25 years playing covers of bands that influenced them. The song is also on their Dead Eyes See No Future EP.[31][32] Nightwish also released a cover version, a live performance of the song is included in "The Siren" single and in the "Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan" single. Nightwish has continued to perform the song live, but these versions are not available on official releases. [33][34] Also, by Tarja Turunen, although this has not appeared on any studio albums, Turunen has covered the song live, often transitioning to it from a cover of "Dead Gardens" by Nightwish.[35] The original Megadeth version was remixed by Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor as the 'Gristle' mix.[36][37]

Solo player Michael Angelo Batio released a cover of this song on the 2009 album Hands Without Shadows Pt.2: Voices, which featured Vinnie Moore and George Ballas.[38]

In popular culture

The song has been featured in numerous video games, including a cover version of the song that featured in the PlayStation 2 video game Guitar Hero, with the Master Version of this song was released as Downloadable Content for Guitar Hero 5. A master track is also available as DLC in Rocksmith, along with and Hangar 18 and Public Enemy No. 1.[39] A remix was used in the video game WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006[40] and Full Auto 2: Battlelines.[41] Furthermore, song is featured in the video games True Crime: Streets of L.A.,[42] "NFL Street 3"[43] and FlatOut 2.[44] In the real-time strategy game, League of Legends, a champion known as Mordekaiser whose Siphon of Destruction ability is a reference to this song.

Megadeth playing Symphony of Destruction live in Haapsalu, Estonia in 2010.

The song's name is the basis for the title of Dave Mustaine's instructional column in Guitar World magazine, "Symphony of Instruction".[45] Lastly, the music video for the song is featured in the Beavis and Butt-head episode, Blood Drive. The duo are comically amused by the video, giggling through a majority of it, and responding positively to the catchy main riff and the quick editing and explosions featured in the video, even headbanging to it. Beavis praises the video, stating that he believes that "Dave Mustaine rules, heheh" and that "these guys are cool".[46]

When the song is performed live, the crowd will usually shout 'Megadeth, Megadeth, aguante Megadeth!' in between each of the opening riffs. This chorus began in Argentina and quickly spread worldwide. It can be loosely translated as 'Megadeth, Megadeth, go Megadeth'. 'Aguante' is an Argentinian slang term that means to "hold on tight", which represents to stick strongly to something, it's normally used in sports events to give support to the team players. It is also applied to something that "rules" or "rocks". The first time the Argentine crowd chanted this out, heavily influenced by its soccer song singing culture in stadiums, Dave Mustaine was blown out of his mind. This is mainly the reason that Argentina became one of his favorite countries to play in, as he states in the That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires DVD filmed in Argentina, and also because "it's the only public that will sing out the guitar parts".

The song remains Megadeth's most widely known song, and a live staple that has been performed in nearly all Megadeth concerts since its composition. Because of this, it has been featured in the following:

The song was made available to download on February 21, 2012 for play in Rock Band 3 Basic and PRO mode utilizing real guitar / bass guitar, and MIDI compatible electronic drum kits.

Single track listing

  1. "Symphony of Destruction" - 4:02
  2. "Peace Sells (Live)" (Recorded live on the Clash of the Titans Tour, at Wembley Arena, October 1990)

Charts

Chart Peak
position
Billboard Hot 100[47] 71
Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[47] 29
Canadian Singles Chart[48] 91
Irish Singles Chart[49] 14
New Zealand [50] 15
UK Singles Chart [51] 15

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Author:Bling King
Published:Apr 30th 2013
Modified:Apr 30th 2013
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