Symphony of Destruction (Megadeth cover)

by Exe Sheppard

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I remember hearing this tune when I was eight thinking it was trash; it was slow and droned on and on and on and on. I think eight year old me appreciated the sound more then what Dave was writing about in this song because it was almost a whole decade of overlooking this song. It holds remarkable sway when it comes to about the true nature of democracy. Something I think we all sorta recently failed with the recent American election regardless of our home country.

Dave Mustaine (the lead writer in Megadeth) writes in mass abstracts which creates a lot of space for the band to add in the description. Symphony of destruction is all about a fundamental flaw in democracy: if all were to get choice over our system of control and government then it brings up the question HOW much of your choice is YOUR choice and not influenced opinion?

Socrates in book six of Plato’s republic spoke about this exact flaw; he broke it down as the country signified by a boat and the citizens taking the place of the crew and asked how it would be idealistically run. Although the best ship would be leaded by a team of people who were most knowledgeable to make sure the whole thing didn’t head into a storm or sink. This creates a communal responsibility for EACH member on the boat to understand what exactly that entails. Each crew member must be fully educated to make the best decision on who decides what.

Mobs are amazing things, one whisper into the loudmouths ear and not only is your message amplified but you are also absolved of the one who said it. To create a mob you simply need to take a bunch of people and rile the fuck out of them, get them thinking about all the shitty things in life and find a commonality creating unification. When making a mob each individual gives up their individuality from all the pain the manipulator is bringing out and instead of the perception of carrying it on their own feel uplifted in the shared burden. From there its simply telling them what you want them to do and link it with this response of an uplifting feeling. It gives purpose to actions not of your own.

Its not news to us that the United States has been a poor example of educating their crew on what makes a good captain. This recent Election reminds me a lot of the old Roman Emperor Caligula in how he gained power and control during his reign as the captain of the sinking ship of Rome. This mother fucker gained public support by making false information to the mob about how all Romes problems were because of the senate and it’s practices. He would take his private militia and drag senators through the streets as he would make grand speeches about how these are the ones who are fucking them over. Meanwhile slowly assassinating those who were too big of a threat, raiding the treasury and just some of the sickest rape/sex/kill stuff you could imagine.

“Symphony of destruction” hits the nail on the head when it comes to this;

You take a mortal man,
and put him in control.
watch him become a god,
watch people’s head’s a-roll.

Bringing up the entire argument in 4 stanza’s of Socrates’s dilemma. The sad truth is as long as your mortal you are subject to fuck ups; what more could you expect from putting one mortal man in charge other then the inevitable conclusion of destruction?

The chorus pulls back and through a whole shit load of abstracts almost like prophetic things to look out for. Bringing up the pied piper (an old fairy tale where a musician rids a town of rats and because he doesn’t get paid he uses his music to kill all the children.) on how effective misinformation works; looking from a broader perspective of how it all works, there’s a timing to how to sway people to do anything. Convincing millions of people to go to war is just as much as an art form as convincing millions of people to stay home. This symphony we all watched this recent election kept buzzing this tune in my head as I would watch perfectly good people just turn themselves into trump supporters not out of choice as much as sway into having this be the only viable option for them to even understand.

Just like the pied piper,
who led rats through the streets,
dancing like marionettes,
swaying to the symphony of destruction.

In the second verse he reefer’s to the voter as a robot, who’s devoid of humanity (or their own perspective) and how even when searching for a pulse of truth or self-thought the system can’t handle it and it destroys them to even search for their own humanity at this point.
Your acting like a robot,
the metal brain corrodes.
You try to take a pulse,
before the head explodes.

And finishing off the last verse the singer brings up a very unexpected conclusion (which was what turned me back onto the song) was how unlike a peaceful song where they try to focus on saving whats left, the song calls out the world on it’s destruction and accepts it. Unlike other songs about this nature there is no real plea inside the song on what to do as much as what would be coming.

The earth starts to crumble,
world powers fall.
Your running for the heavens,
where a peaceful man stands tall.

I think it’s the “standing tall” line with the ascending long notes Dave just adds emphasis to as it builds into the chorus; A wacko once told me “peace was always the way” and I think its those two that begs the question. Why cant we just be peaceful in the beginning? Then we wont have to go through all of this?

And that’s what I think Megadeth was getting at in this whole amazing album you should all check out!

-Exe Sheppard

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"Symphony Of Destruction"

You take a mortal man
And put him in control
Watch him become a god
Watch people's heads a-roll
A-roll

Just like the Pied Piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like marionettes
Swaying to the Symphony of Destruction

Acting like a robot
Its metal brain corrodes
You try to take its pulse
Before the head explodes
Explodes...

Just like the Pied Piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like marionettes
Swaying to the Symphony of Destruction

[Solo - Friedman:]

The earth starts to rumble
World powers fall
A-warring for the heavens
A peaceful man stands tall
Tall...

Just like the Pied Piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like marionettes
Swaying to the Symphony of Destruction

Written by Dave Mustaine

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released December 31, 2016
OG: Dave Mustaine and Megedeth
Cover: Exe Sheppard
Gear: Iphone, Yamaha NPV-80

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