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Megadeth fans opionion,
This review is from: Super Collider (Audio CD)
Now i've been a fan of this band ever since I discovered them back when Dave reformed the band in 2004. Its from that album I got in to all of Megadeth's records... Yes including Risk. Anyway in to my review of this latest offering from Megadeth.
Kingmaker: is the opening song big Thrashy song with heavy subject matter. A slipping individual just taking prescription med for kicks.. Dealt in a way that covers Mustaine and Ellefsons previous troubles and current problems in youth worldwide today. Its catchy and will serve as a taste of a more accessible Megadeth to come throughout this album.
Super Collider: The title track and the lead Single for the album, this receive a bit of a small backlash upon release Megadeth having gotten back on the Metal track... Release Rock?! I myself was uneasy listening the first 2 times however it quick became a song that I couldn't help but come back to. Now its simple as far a Megadeth in recent times is concerned, similar in vain to Symphony of Destruction while being totally different. Its Hard Arena Rock AC/DC style for die hard Thrash Metal purists its not going to gel but to those who like most of Megadeth stuff, two listens and it will fit in and bridge a few gaps like the one between Risk and the other albums.
Burn: Instant lead chainsaw rip solo from Chris kicks this Metal Groover off. Its solid one of my favourites from the album. Now the lyrics are simple, the chorus catchy.. but it works the lead guitar screams from Chris throughout really add to the punch of Mustaine's lyrics in the verses. About the simple concept of a loser trying to burn away his problems.. Also due to the simpleness of the song and it indirect nature it could be interpreted in many ways.
Built For War: More traditional recent Megadeth could easily fit it in the the last three records. However like I alluded to earlier this is a more accessible Megadeth this is the sound of the last three albums presented in a way that is more simple in structure and drive. It has a really nice melodic chant in the middle that brings in feelings of past 90's records. Then quickly snapping in to recent Megadeth again. I can but simply sum it up as a very well done accessible Thrash song.
Off The Edge: Ellefson opens with a really groovy bassline before the guitars join in. Again its a more accessible Megadeth song but the chorse to verse change really makes it stand out. Mustaine again only applys the simplest of lyrics on this track. Maybe not to cause to much of a upset. The solos are some of the best on the album, Dave's riff under Chris' solo near the end is a awesome twist and turns Megadeth riff.
Dance In The Rain: This song gives off a really Endgame, United Abominations vibe Dave talks about the gloomy exsitence of his hello man, alluding to big problems to come. The power that be (Banks, Corps, Rich Individuals, Politicians, Powerful Groups) will never win. Its a rebelion song again with a catchy chorus. In my opinion is its one of the Heavier songs on the album, especially with the inclusion of David Draiman's part for the closing minute. The riffing in that whole final passage is classic Megadeth. And this song in my opinion as the potential to be considered a classic in years to come.
Beginning Of Sorrow: I get Blood of Heroes, Youthanasia vibes from this song while being very recent and heavier. Its a melodic track with another standout simple but catchy chorus. Leads are quite furious from Dave and Chris as they tell the story of a unwanted child bouncing from place to place, problem to problem.
The Blackest Crow: Now the country sound is nothing new to Megadeth they have had it feature on songs on Youthanasia, and more prominently on Cryptic Writings and Risk. This song if a full Megadeth style embrace of the sound this time round using a bango to great effect. Its the most experimental Metal track on the album and a real standout. Catchy dark tragic lyrics from Dave about the lose of a partner. This song also see Dave play around with slide guitar for the first time on a Megadeth record his solos are really great on this song.
Forget to Remember: This is probably the most accessible song on the record its got Megadeth charm all over it while feeling quite original heavy in places with a real lead guitar drive. Dave has openly stated that this song can be interpreted multipul ways, but its key concept was his mother in laws Alzheimer's. The opening is quite different to anything they have really done before and sounds like a band that more recent band could have this song on their first record.
Don't Turn Your Back: A zany jazz fusion club jam opens this track before dropping in one of the most monstrous riffs on the albums, tear your head off stuff the stuff of old for Megadeth. However this time with the twist of being quite upbeat. A humble piece of advise from Mustaine and Ellefson coming back together, Don't turn your back on a friend. Chris' solos are blistering fast on this one. Its a unique track with the opening showing one of the core fondations on Megadeth's unique Thrash Metal sound.
Cold Sweet: Now the standard album closes on this track and its a solid bang to go out on. A very solid cover of a favourite Thin Lizzy song. Its one of the best Megadeth covers i've heard in a long time recorded for record, the last being Black Sabbaths Never Say Die. They really bring it here Mustaine seems right at home singing this song, and its a welcome addition to the Megadeth catalogue.
Overall its a solid album from Megadeth predictably unpredictable instead of a complete Thrash beginning to end, we get a unique Metal Rock hybrid and in part may allude to the albums naming. I think its a successful first venture from Megadeth on new label Universal not the die hard Thrash album some hoped they release but Heavy in a new and interesting way. Taking the Megadeth sound to places it has explorer before while going to total new territory.
My final verdict is a solid 9/10 and great Heavy Metal, Hard Rock album and those that listen to it expecting that will find this a hugely enjoyable album. Rust In Peace Thrash this is not.. but it does go there on a few songs from time to time.
The negative reviews published to date have been incredibly personal in attack toward Mustaine, that the reviewers personal/political opinions on him distract from reviewing the music on this CD. Simply calling it Risk or the Worst thing ever released by the band is very short sighted, invokes a sense of deafness on the part of the Reviewer to suit their Mustaine bash. They will be proven wrong as this album ages and takes its rightful place as a Megadeth classic. Megadeth fans will be happy with the album even if it takes two listens to get them there.