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Cryptic Writings [Import]

Megadeth Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 July 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002U5D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Trust
2. Almost Honest
3. Use The Man
4. Mastermind
5. The Disintegrators
6. I'll Get Even
7. Sin
8. A Secret Place
9. Have Cool, Will Travel
10. She-Wolf
11. Vortex
12. FFF

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In 1996, after Dave Mustaine released his experimental side project, MD.45's The Craving, there were scattered reports about how the metal veteran was turning over a new leaf with a new band. But any circulating rumours of Megadeth's demise have been greatly exaggerated. The group's seventh album Cryptic Writings is its strongest release since 1990's Rust in Peace. Not only are the songs crunchy and confrontational, they're suffused with crafty hooks that make them memorable without detracting from their primal power. Add some acrobatic guitar solos from Mustaine and Marty Friedman, and you've got a record that will unfurrow the brow of anyone who thinks Metallica sold out with Load. Granted, there's not much innovation on Cryptic Writings, but in an age of self-centred angst and watered down Nirvana riffs, Megadeth's unapologetic metal fury is as refreshing as a dip in the pool on a hot summer day. --Jon Wiederhorn

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EMI 838262 TV; EMI ITALIANA - Italia;

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must buy this CD! 5 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Being an out and out Metallica fan I knew that the Singer/guitarest of Megadeth used to play with them. So it was only out of sheer interest or intrigue in which I purchased Cryptic Writings. I'm so glad that I did. The opening track 'Trust' provided me with one of the best openings of an album since Metallica's 'Enter Sandman'. And the pace hardly relents. The song writing is top notch( in particular the magnificent 'Mastermind') and this is backed up by the high quality production. There is so much depth and difference in style that keeps you utterly engrossed. From the magnificent heavyness of 'Vortex' to the pop-friendly 'I'll get even' to the slow(ish) 'Use the mam'.Each song is fantastic in its own right and has enough to offer any listener. Wow, that is what really sums up this album. Now all I have to do is get the rest of the Megadeth collection and all you have to do is BUY THIS ALBUM! You will not be dissapointed!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the more Catchy albums. 30 Aug 2012
By Dave
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is more of a Pop/Metal album in which you can
pick up the lyrics really quickly and be singing a long to it.
If you're a Thrash fan then I probably wouldn't recommend it but
it's a good album got some really catchy songs She-Wolf, The Disintegrators, A Secret Place..

One of my favourite Megadeth releases.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Megadeth still rocking hard in the 90s! ! ! 22 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
This Megadeth is a great deth album hard to define as a genre so will just call it metal. First before we get started i'm a massive fan of both Megadeth & Metallica love all there albums yes even Risk, load, reload, St. anger & The world needs a hero. This album and Risk are Megadeth's most underrated albums along with The world needs a hero all awesome album if you have an open mind. On to this awesome album, for me this was abit of a grower as please forgive me but Mustaines vocals got on my nerves abit but thankfully they grew on me and now I love the album still a couple of weak songs but the great songs kick major arse.

Best songs for me are Trust, Almost Honest, Mastermind, I'll get even, Sin, A Secret Place(love the opening riff), Have Cool, Will Travel(the harmonica is a cool touch to this song). So practically all off it. The musicianship on this album is brilliant as usual with megadeth albums. There's not much really else to be said, except this is an awesome album if you're a megadeth fan this is recommended if you have alot of their albums. Can't wait to see 'em in dublin with priest and testament and their newe album gonna rock. Rock on! ! ! !
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album 3 Oct 2013
By Vivian
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I chose 5 stars because it was an album from the Megadeth era which was awesome. I recommend this band to every thrash metal fan or for that matter every metal fan.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Blew1
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Hardcore thrash and Megadeth fans might grimace at the very uttering of the title of this album, as although this isn't their first foray out of the thrash spectrum ('Countdown' and 'Youthanasia' pretty much went down this road too) it was probably the most radio - friendly yet of their albums and, as with Metallica's 'Black Album' cost Megadeth as much old fans as it did recruit new ones.
This is Megadeth and their most stripped down and, you can almost say most simple, well, as simple as Megadeth can get I suppose - there's nothing here that bothers the bonkers, technical speed metal soloing or riffage of 'Hangar 18' on 'Rust In Piece' for example. But what there is, is a collection of very good songs and that's how in my opinion it should be judged.
'Trust,' 'Almost Honest,' ' Use the Man,' 'She Wolf,' still pop up occasionally on their live setlist and with good reason - they are kick ass songs. There are many other highlights here including the odd foray back to their thrash roots. Mustaine sings more than he sneers on this album as well.
The Pros very much outweigh the Cons and is a much stronger album than 'Youthanasia' and Megadeth's last really great album until 'Endgame.' A good starting point for anyone new to Megadeth or thrash / metal in general as well. A great album if you listen to it on its without comparing to previous efforts.
Narrow minded metal heads : Avoid! Fans of great rock / metal music : Apply!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 13 Dec 2012
By Kris
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Seriously, cant stop listening to this album, although a little less thrash then the others, it still packs a punch so honestly, well recommended.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Wonderful 19 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
I agree with Mr Blonde - this album is faultless.
Who could have thought that Megadeth could excel themselves again?
The album gets off to a very strong start with the classic Trust, one of my all time favourite songs.
It gets better with Almost Honest, and then goes into the album's - and Megadeth's - best song: Use the Man. This song is truly unbelieveable: it starts off slowly with a killer riff and lyrics, the solo is amazing, and the last chorus is unforgettable as the slow riff is transformed into a monster of thrash metal majesty.
After this masterpiece, it was hard to think that the rest of the album could be good. And it isn't good, its phenomenal. Mastermind has great lyrics, Disintegrators has the speed and power of their earlier work, Vortex has the best riff I've ever heard and She-Wolf is just a brilliant song. The other songs aren't bad either - I'll Get Even, Sin, Have Cool Will Travel and FFF are all great heavy metal. A Secret Place is the album's second best song. It starts with a mysterious Indian style riff (which proves Megadeth aren't all distortion) and goes into a unique song that will have you singing along with everyone of Dave Mustaine's groans in the legendary pre-chorus.
Megadeth really do deserve the attention that Metallica are currently receiving.
Have I said enough? The simple truth is I can hear this album enough. It is my favourite album of all time, and I have over 200 albums ranging from blues to hip hop to metal to punk.
Buy this album, then buy Megadeth's Greatest Hits, then buy anything by Minor Threat, Descendents or Pennywise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cryptic Writings......
Well, this is probably the second Megadeth album I ever heard, the first being of course "Youthanasia", and from these two my collection grew. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2004 by paulhanson86
5.0 out of 5 stars Megadeth's Black Album
What can I say? This the album of the late 90s. Its faultless - the sound is perfect, Mustaine's voice is clear and the guitars are brilliant. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2004 by "mrblonde1000"
5.0 out of 5 stars Some awesome, some merely very good
Sadly, I can't write a review like I did for Rust In Peace. Because this album, sadly, is not as high quality as Rust In Peace. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2003 by Mr. A. Anson
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorely underrated by many
It amazes me how often you hear people slagging this record off. It is easily one of Megadeth's best releases, certainly on a par with the universally acclaimed 'Countdown to... Read more
Published on 21 May 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album Megadeth have done
I consider this album to be the highlight of Megadeth's career. The standard of song writing is excellent, and yet despite the melodic nature of this album, it still retains enough... Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, this is Metallica standard!
I am a huge Metallica fan, I have all 10 albums and 2 videos. Ever sinse hearing the amazing thrash of Metallica have I ever come across a band with the potential to rock as hard. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2000
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