Megadeth – Jim Marshall Stage (Main Stage) – Sunday 17:30 – 18:30

I love Megadeth, I cannot express that enough. I view the music of Megadeth the same way I look at the relationship I have with my best friend, both are reliable, both instantly put me in a better mood, both will stand the test of time, as well as both being even more awesome when you’re drunk. It’s safe to say both have had a great effect on who I am over the years.

Which is handy because Sunday afternoon at Download, saw both of those things in front of and beside me, as well as they aforementioned inebriated state. Some could argue that Megadeth are in a tight spot following the absolutely ball crushingly brutal set from Lamb Of God that prefaces their appearance on the Jim Marshall stage as well as also opening for the reunited Soundgarden and the Godfathers of metal in Black Sabbath.

If Megadave is afraid though, you would never know it, as he strides confidently onstage with his band of merry-men in tow, Megadeth are clearly here to take no prisoners, opening with a thunderous ‘Never Dead’ from their latest release ‘Th1rt3en.’ It’s a blinding reminder of what makes Megadeth so great in the first place and is an inspired choice of opener that wakes the crowd up much better than ‘Trust’ would have been, although that does get its moment it the sun during the cause of today’s set.

Speaking of today’s set, it is a pretty pitch perfect set as far as set’s go, delivering hit upon hit from the band’s vast career, the likes of ‘Headcrusher’ and ‘Public Enemy No.1’ rub shoulders with old favourites like ‘She Wolf,’ ‘Poison was the Cure’ and ‘A Toute Le Monde’ we are even treated to a rare outing for ‘Angry Again’ which gave me a pretty hefty Megadeth nerdgasm having never heard it live before.

Megadeth are once again a legitimate band in the sense that they have a fully realised line up once again, now that Dave is happy with his choice of bandmates, meaning that for now the revolving door is closed and Megadeth can once again get on with the business of just kicking everyone’s ass both on CD and in the live arena. Make no mistake about it Megadeth are very far from being Megadead, today’s set highlights that perhaps now more than ever Megadeth truly do deserve their place in history amongst the heavyweights, and are a legendary band in their own right.

Megadeth Download 2012 setlist:

Never Dead
Head Crusher
Hangar 18
Poison Was The Cure
Sweating Bullets
Whose Life (Is It Anyways)
Public Enemy No.1
Symphony of Destruction
Peace Sells
A Tout Le Monde
Angry Again
Holy Wars… The Punishment Due

Photograph by Giles Smith Photography