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Some of their best songwriting yet,
This review is from: Super Collider (Audio CD)
2009's Endgame was critically acclaimed and showed Megadeth is still the world's state of the art speed metal band. Dave Mustaine himself stated multiple times that he believes Endgame is the best record he's ever made and quite likely impossible for him to top. So how do they follow up such a mammoth effort? Well, 2011's Th1rt3en came and seemed to receive a bye from most critics. It was a good collection of songs but played out more like a greatest hits collection than an actual album. There were a good few songs that had been previously released in some form or another and the band did not try to hide the fact that the recording of the album was rushed (mostly due to a busy touring schedule but without a doubt also in order to quickly wrap up their Roadrunner obligations as the label had been somewhat of a disappointment).
Super Collider is finally a proper follow up to Endgame. How do you top that which cannot be topped? Through progress and a different approach. When you've reached the pinnacle of "fast and heavy", it's time to concentrate on songwriting and that's where Super Collider excels. Showcased here is some of their best songwriting yet. What it may lack in breakneck speed, it more than makes up in ingenuity. But that's not to say it's a complete change of direction, Super Collider still features all the trademarks of a Megadeth record. It's almost like a cross-section of the band's whole discography so far - from Killing Is My Business all the way to Th1rt3en (yes, even Risk). You have thrashers like "Kingmaker", "Built For War", "Don't Turn Your Back..." and rockers like "Super Collider", "Burn!", "Forget To Remember". That last one being possibly the stand out track in my opinion. Apparent crowd pleaser "Dance In The Rain" is a perfect balance of heavy and catchy while "Beginning Of Sorrow" is probably the bleakest cut on the record (and so good). There's even a bluegrass inspired song ("The Blackest Crow") which may sound out of place on a Megadeth record at first but damn it, they pull it off in spectacular form. Album closer is a Thin Lizzy cover and it is one of the best cover songs they have recorded. I've always thought "Cold Sweat" would be a fine song for Megadeth to cover and they far exceeded my expectations.
If you shell out some extra bucks, you can get the deluxe version with a 3D cover and two or three bonus tracks depending on your choice of seller. Casual fans will do just fine with the standard edition but for the devotees it's a must. Especially the second studio track "A House Divided" has been getting praise and it is indeed a fine song.
So how does Super Collider fare against their previous output? Very well. It should have something for everyone. Personally, I think it's a fantastic album. You don't always have to go faster, heavier and darker which seems to be the norm in the metal genre. With that said, it's still without a doubt a heavy metal record. It's Megadeth.