Saturday, February 14, 2009

St. Valentine's Day Megadeth

One of the few things that metal isn't particularly great for is love songs. However, it does give us "In My Darkest Hour," a perfect break-up song courtesy of Megadeth.

Said to be the only song that Dave Mustaine ever composed in one sitting, "In My Darkest Hour" was inspired by the bus accident death of his former bandmate in Metallica, Cliff Burton. Over an mournful, uncharacteristically slow progression, Megadeth seethed over a former lover who, "Though I reached out for you...wouldn't lend a hand." But no matter how much Mustaine talks about "needing love" and "finding space," it's hard to see the song's target as anyone other than Dave himself, who had cut off ties from Burton after being kicked out of Metallica.

This song reached a mass audience in Penelope Spheeris' film The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years, a film that documented the mostly-idiotic behavior of '80s hair metal bands and their detractors.

But at the film's conclusion, an American thrash metal quintet with an itch to reinvent rock music, push their musical capabilities and douse their metal with more thoughtful messages than their contemporaries, showed up to perform "In My Darkest Hour."

For any metalhead's darkest hour, it's good to know that Megadeth are there.

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