Sound — 9
In the film Some Kind Of A Monster, which chronicled the recording of Metallica's St. Anger album, there was a particular moment that stood out more than all of the studio sessions combined. It was the moment when Megadeth frontman (and former Metallica guitarist) Dave Mustaine confronted drummer Lars Ulrich to reveal that he's felt as if he had been living in Metallica's shadow for the past few decades. As true as that heartache probably has been for Mustaine, the man definitely has his devotees, as is apparent in the latest DVD that showcases a 2005 show in Buenos Aires. That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires, Megadeth's live DVD recorded on October 9, 2005, is an impressive showing of the band's latest incarnation, vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine, guitarist Glen Drover, bassist James Lomenzo, and drummer Shawn Drover. While Mustaine remains the stronghold that has kept Megadeth alive for all of the years, the current status of the group is as impressive as ever in terms of playing dead-on versions of classics like Peace Sells and Tornado Of Souls. Although it's somewhat disappointing to no longer see Mustaine's former partner-in-crime, bassist Dave Ellefson, you would be hard-pressed to find a tighter lineup than the one present on the latest DVD. That One Night briefly includes commentary by Mustaine and the other band members in the introduction, but it wastes little time in getting to the main attraction, the stage show. Mustaine may be 45 years old, but his unbelievable talent at guitar shredding has not been altered in the slightest. While Drover does the majority of lead work, there is still a hefty amount that has been allotted to Mustaine. The most impressive display comes in Hangar 18, when Mustaine and Drover do a bit of dueling guitars in what is easily the most impressive moment on the DVD. While it may seem Mustaine's vocals are a bit off at first, he rapidly recovers by the second song Set The World Afire. More impressively, he is able to sing, play rhythm and lead guitar, and maintain a certain charisma with ease during the entire show. There is a dip in the momentum only briefly during the performance I'll Be There, but the concert is pretty much one stellar performance after another.
Content — 8
If you're a Megadeth fan, you will need little else but the Buenos Aires concert to feel satisfied with the DVD. The live show includes 17 songs (plus one extra version of Symphony Of Destruction) and runs about 95 minutes long. There are also a few quick cuts away from the stage performance to show Mustaine and Drover doing an impromptu acoustic performance on the grass. Those little vignettes are brief, but provide a nice contrast to the steady distortion you hear song after song. As thrilling a performance as the Buenos Aires concert is, viewers at home might feel a little short-changed because of the few bonus features. While many bands today are going all-out by including documentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, and their video collection all on one DVD, Megadeth has kept this one simple. The Argentina show is the gist of the DVD, but it's still a worthwhile purchase for anyone who has been a fan of the band since the '80s.
Production Quality — 9
Featuring a wide variety of camera angles and styles, That One Night keeps things interesting visually throughout. There are times when key moments in guitar solos are suddenly given a backseat to a shot of the audience, and those are really the only annoying moments in the DVD. All in all, it's edited tightly and also features a fantastic mix of the audio, which provided a great balance for the vocals and instruments.
Overall Impression — 9
Unexpectedly, the Buenos Aires crowd is pure entertainment in itself. The hypnotized fans sing along with pretty much everything that is played by Megadeth -- and I mean everything. That means that every guitar lick that Mustaine plays in Holy Wars is sung in somewhat of a duh-doo-duh-doo-duh-doo-dah-dah... There just aren't a lot of fans who go to that level of commitment in terms of singing along, and it's a fascinating display of worship. Aside from the music, Mustaine displays a deeply emotional side to his personality. He seems genuinely touched and appreciative by the Buenos Aires crowd, often times mouthing thank you and putting his hand over his heart. Mustaine is no longer the young kid angry at Metallica for dropping him by the wayside, but seeing That One Night proves he hasn't lost one ounce of his onstage intensity.