What would you choose as your favorite Megadeth song if you were asked? Without a doubt, the back catalog is extensive. Most fans would avoid anything from “Dystopia,” as good as an album as it is, since it is too new. With its nasty sense of humor, it had to be the song that got us into the band. “Sweating Bullets” is what we’re talking about. But “Symphony Of Destruction,” which has been covered by both Arch Enemy and God Syndrome, has to be second on our top five (if we had one). Megadeth performed the song in 2018 at Resurrection Fest. Pro-shot in glorious Technicolor!
Megadeth’s “Symphony of Destruction” is a song from their 1992 album Countdown to Extinction that was released as a single. The lyrics speculate on a possible circumstance in which an ordinary citizen is placed in charge of the country while a fictitious government guides the general population.  The song, written by vocalist and frontman Dave Mustaine, garnered a lot of radio play and charted in several countries, making it one of Megadeth’s most well-known tracks.
The song was generally well-received by critics. At the same time, the accompanying music video by Wayne Isham gained extensive rotation on MTV at first, but later became contentious and was cut due to an assassination scene that MTV deemed “too harsh” With a primarily black-and-white nonlinear plot focusing around a political candidate who is slain. The tremendous amount of anarchy and riots triggered by the occurrence, the video displays each band member individually playing.The song has been covered by several bands and has been featured in various media outlets.
In an interview with Guitar Center Sessions, vocalist Dave Mustaine described the creation of “Symphony of Destruction” as a “lucky break.” While driving down Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, he got a headache to his house one day. Inspiringly, he began writing lyrics on the back of a sushi receipt, ” My metal brains corroding, my head is going to explode”  Megadeth recorded the demo for “Symphony of Destruction” in 1992. After some tweaking, the song was finished and recorded for inclusion on their fifth studio album, Countdown to Extinction. The song was originally much longer, but it was heavily edited during its pre-production for Countdown.
Mustaine wrote the lyrics to the song, which were written about what he perceived to be how the masses were being led to their own destruction by political leaders, which is where the title is derived, Symphony of Destruction. The famous legend Pied Piper of Hamelin, is mentioned in the song and contains direct correlations to the lyrical meaning of the song.In the legend, the Pied Piper had the ability to force children and rats to follow his demands mindlessly, like the political leaders do to the public.