Friday, May 29: Megadeth, “Captive Honour”
Extinction was Dave Mustaine’s attempt at having a Black Album-style commercial breakthrough while also staying true
to the Megadeth ethos, and “Captive Honour” certainly worked on those
terms. The album’s penultimate track
wasn’t nearly as musically frenzied, but the instrumental dexterity was
unquestionably there, especially in Nick Menza’s drumming and the guitar
interplay of Mustaine and Marty Friedman.
And the vocals and lyrics were unmistakably Mustaine: although he began
with soft-spoken and cleanly sung melodies, it didn’t take long for the snarky
snarl to emerge (the spoken-word playacting between Mustaine and Menza was the first giveaway), and his depiction of prison life was both terrifying and
hilarious. This was best possible path
for Megadeth in the early ‘90s, since thrash as a sound was largely played out
but there was clearly a market for metal that was song-oriented but still
technically accomplished and edgy. And
unlike later efforts, at least “Captive Honour” was intentionally funny.