by Bill Hale

Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place is the follow up to rock photographer Bill Hale’s 2009  work Metallica: The Club Dayz that featured the earliest photos of what is now one of the world’s biggest bands.

In that book Hale made it clear how well he got on with Dave Mustaine, how he thought the guitarist was always the “in your face” side of Metallica and even went as far as saying that Mustaine was his favourite member of the band. That his next photo chronicle would feature Megadeth, then, is no surprise.

Featuring intimate photographs of early Megadeth line-ups both backstage and on stage, Hale captures the essence of the embryonic band as they strive to carve out a name for themselves. Like The Club Dayz, it’s an important document from an era when Megadeth could have gone either way – into the echelons of glory or down in flames – and as such a vital piece of metal history-keeping with most of these photos never published before. Most interesting for fans is a series of backstage promos featuring second guitarist Mike Albert, who lasted for one tour in 1985 between Chris Poland departing and rejoining. But possibly the greatest treasure here though are the shots of late drummer Gar Samuelson, to whom Another Time, A Different Place is dedicated.

Mustaine and Dave Ellefson make their own contributions also; Mustaine’s foreword is brief and humorous, making mention of his dislike of being photographed which – typically – directly contradicts his apparent lens-hogging throughout, but the picture of Kerry King that he refers to isn’t actually in the book. The snaps that are there, however, paint a raw and vivid picture of a band that would one day become one of the most influential metal acts of all, a vital, no-holds-barred document of a group of young men on the road to greatness. Like the best books of this nature, it takes you back to a time you wish still existed but never will again.