Riff Police! Pull Over! #28: Megadeth Vs Arch Enemy!
It’s well known that Swedish Melodic Black Metallers Arch Enemy are Megadeth fans. After all, their brutal version of the Megadeth classic “Symphony of Destruction” saw their then German vocalist Angela Gossow deliver the sort of crushing vocal performance that tramples rivals in its wake with her vicious, growling style in full flow. The second track from Japanese Burrn! Magazine’s 2002 Best Album award winner “Wages Of Sin” entitled “Burning Angel” is a particularly decent cut.
But wait. Haven’t we heard that opening riffage before somewhere? Have the Axe Wielding Amott brothers been influenced or done a number? Well… there is definitely more of a tip of the hat to “Hanger 18” from “Rust In Peace” by Megadeth. Recorded some 12 years earlier, the album was the first to see the sadly departed drummer Nick Menza and of course, virtuoso guitarist Marty Friedman. It’s cited as one of the best Thrash Metal albums of all time among both critics and fans, so if it had *ahem* influenced Arch Enemy, well, it’s not great surprise, is it?