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On disc: Megadeth



The World Needs A Hero - Claudia Ehrhardt - 6 stars
Still, Alive... And Well? - Amir Djawadi - 5 stars
United Abominations - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars
United Abominations - Victor Kzyto - 9 stars
Endgame - Carsten Bahr - 10 stars
Endgame - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars


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Endgame

Endgame
(Roadrunner Records - 2009)


Megadeth are the heroes of technical thrash metal and every metal fan has to admit it, even if one doesn't like them. They were best at times of masterpieces like Peace Sells..., Rust In Peace and So Far, So Good, So What! and even the following releases Countdown To Extinction and Youthanasia haven't been bad albums, just showed the band differently. Then they were on the way down and Dave Mustaine and changing members came to a low point with Risk. Megadeth were on their way to recover with good albums like The System Has Failed and United Abominations, but a little bit was missing... Now they are back with Endgame and back at their best! I never thought that Mega-Dave would be able to get back to the level of their heydays. The albums full of complex and weird riffs, fast guitar solo duels between guitarist Chris Broderick (ex-Jag Panzer) and Dave Mustaine. Dave and Broderick are matching like Mustaine and Marty Friedmann did. They combine heavy groove monsters with melodic refrains which invite you to headbang and which are full of energy and aggressiveness. I was looking for some weak spot, but there isn't a weak song on Endgame! Every song is a killer and exactly what Megadeth fans are looking for. Dave finally brought back ferocity and heaviness which made them big. There are heavy thrashers like Head Crusher, 1.320 and44 Minutes, there is the excellent instrumental intro Dialectic Chaos which leads over to This Day We Fight - the song starts slowly and becomes a true thrash metal attack. Bodies Left Behind kicks off with a fat groove la Symphony Of Destruction and becomes a fast thrasher! Again they add some infernal solos at the end! A bit more melodic is Nothing Left To Lose which could be the next single... And the strong How The Story Ends won't disappoint any headbanger. With the semi-ballad The Hardest Part Of Letting Go ...Sealed With A Kissis giving you a short break and can surprise you with a metallic middle part and violin. It's no exaggerate to say that Endgame has only killer tracks!And so this album will be placed next to Rust In Peace and So Far, So Good, So What!. Dave Mustaine is back! I'm really impressed by Endgame and can only advice you to be careful, this album is a highlight... a drug which is highly addictive! Megadeth is back!!!!! Time to give 10 points!


10 stars

Carsten Bahr
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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Endgame

Endgame
(Roadrunner Records - 2009)


With Endgame Megadeth deliver their 12th studio album - and it's the first album with guitarist Chris Broderick. In my opinion it was an advantage for them that they first hit the road when Broderick joined them and so grew together as a band before heading into Vic's Garage.
They open up with the instrumental Dialectic Chaos, this one shows Chris Broderick's talent and hopefully more metal fans discover his talent. After a fast, epic instrumental they storm off with This Day We Fight! A fast, aggressive riff-laden tune with an angry Dave Mustaine. A neck breaker! The guitar lead is insane! Perhaps not as catchy as some other Megadeth tunes, but it shows the band on an extremely high technical level, but still powerful, relentless and aggressive. Next in line 44 Minutes which starts epic and with some cop radio report, then heavy riffing forces them ahead. This time more mid-paced and a vocal line which will hook you up. A bit more 80's like is 1,320, but it's mainly the riffing. Fun. More 80's Megadeth sounds at Bite The Hand That Feeds, but modern sounding and ultra-heavy! A killer track is Bodies Left Behind which starts mid-paced, but with twists and turns - speed changes and different atmospheres - they come over you! "Attention! Attention!" with this words the title track opens up into another mid-tempo thrasher. "This is the end of the road, this is the end of the line, this is the end of your life, this is the Endgame!" are the memorable lines of the chorus which will haunt you. Aggressive and dark. Guitar-driven. A highlight!
With acoustic guitar they lead into The Hardest Part Of Letting Go... Sealed With A Kiss, Mustaine's vocals are accompanied by guitar and violins, but then they break into a powerful melodic track with heavy riffs! If you would take away the acoustic opening and the balladesque part later in the song, then it would be a quite typical tune, but so it shows Megadeth crossing boarders - again. Headcrusher most fans will already know, the fast neck breaker is a Megadeth thrasher. And I guess that some fans will say the album lacks more songs like Headcrusher, but Megadeth were always going their own way. Another monster they offer with How The Story Ends! This one would have fit to United Abominations too. Speed changes and surprising guitar parts, heavy riffs and melodic leads. An ear catcher! last, but not least Nothing Left To Lose! Shawn Drover is forcing them forward, but not at high speed. Heavy riffs seem to saw at your vertebra like they slowly want to take you apart... Towards the end it's time for some final solo before the close the chapter Endgame.
Resume... First, I should state that I had high expectations, coz the current line-up is extremely strong. Second, I'm not the type of person who looks for something to bash on just for the fun of it. Some albums need more then one spin, but it's worth spending time. I know that some Megadeth fans will criticize one thing or another... Let's get back to Endgame now, a very strong album, compared with United Abominations it might take a bit longer to discover, but it won't disappoint you. Broderick sounds like he finally got unleashed! Personally Megadeth new album Endgame hasn't disappoint me! Can't wait to see them presenting this one live! Well done!


9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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United Abominations

United Abominations
(Roadrunner Records - 2007)


Mr. Mustaine is back!! With all the rumours about the goodbye from Megadeth, they come back with a new line-up and a new blowing album. Sleepwalker opens fire with the speed we missed. Washington Is Next is the song I liked the most (and it's gonna be the second video from the album), because it remind me a lot of the Rest In Peace era... And the entire album is on that scheme. Never Walk Alone remind me of the So Far, So Good times. A curios thing is the remake they made of the A Tout Le Monde with the girl of Lacuna Coil on vocals. It's the first single and video from the album and a refreshing version of the classic one. And it keeps going... This is an album that bring back the Megadeth we all knew and it seems that the return is for good, but you have to listen it to know of what I'm talking.


9 stars

Victor Kzyto
 






United Abominations

United Abominations
(Roadrunner Records - 2007)


The American band Megadeth is back with their 11th studio album which is also their most political-charged album. The cover shows Vic Rattlehead in a new incarnation and the United Nations building being destroyed. The album title also plays on the United Nations.
Slowly starts Sleepwalker and might give a wrong impression first, but only a few seconds later it becomes a typical Megadeth tune with fast guitar riffing by Mustaine and a catchy chorus. the following Washington Is Next! is starting of with some Iron Maiden-like riffing, twin lead guitar parts and Mustaine's vocals show that they are back! The sarcastic and political-inked lyrics always showed them best. Here it's about Washington after a biological war which rises again ruled by a new world order... Usually Mr. Mustaine is writing all songs on his own, but Never Walk Alone... A Call To Arms he wrote with Glen Drover. Heavy riffs dominate the song, but is a bit more melodic... Edges taken off... The middle part is slower and reduced to guitars. A surprising break, but then they pick up speed and get back to the main theme. The title track started with some narration.... like listening to a news broadcast, but at that time the band have already joined in. With changing speed they take you on a kind of roller-coaster ride into the dark, angry world of United Abominations. The track Gears Of War some might know as it was named after the same titled XBox 360 game. The song wasn't written for the game, but later Mustaine named it after the game. A more mid-paced one. Very heavy. It shows the rhythm section of drummer Shawn Drover and bassist James Lomenzo delivering a solid ground for the guitar play of Glen Drover and Dave Mustaine. Play For Blood is a cool up-tempo tune, but in my opinion the guitar solo isn't fitting well... Well done are the screaming guitars which build the counter part to the vocals during the chorus. With a nice drum pattern and riffs starts You're Dead off. Drums and bass drive this song and they speed up for a fast guitar solo and screaming guitars before slowing down for the chorus. And abruptly it ends.
With A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free) they re-recorded a song from their 1994 Youthanasia album. This time a bit faster and as a duet with Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil. It's been a killer song which verions is the better one depends on ones taste... I definitely prefer the original and I think that they should have placed the track at the end of the album, coz it has a very different atmosphere and lyrically doesn't fit to the rest of the album, but well...
They are back! This album isn't a masterpiece, but a very good and solid album. The first half contains the better songs - in my opinion. So listen to United Abominations, Washington Is Next! and You're Dead to check out the latest work of Mr. Mustaine.


9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 






Still, Alive... And Well?

Still, Alive... And Well?
(Metal Is - 2002)


At the moment there are still speculations about the band. Is it forever? Will we never hear again of Dave Mustaine? Or won't we see him on stage again? Officially he finished his musical career, caused by a injury of his arm which make it impossible to play guitar... All band memorabilia were sold at the internet, but just a little later the first rumors were heard that he started playing guitar again.... And that he enjoys it. Anyway, perhaps we will hear from MegaDave somewhere in future, meanwhile there is a album with live tracks from one of the last official shows of Megadeth from 2002. The 6 live tracks include classics like In My Darkest Hour, Sweating Bullets, Symphony Of Destruction and Holy Wars. Beside the live tracks there are also 6 studio tracks from the recording session of The World Needs A Hero which didn't make it on the album. Another indication for a farewell album. At least an interesting album for every Megadeth fan and a collectors item, especially because of the live stuff.
I'm curious when we will hear again from Dave Mustaine and when we find something new in the stores. Perhaps sooner as we think we will hear again from Mr. Mustaine.... Listen to my words!


5 stars

Amir Djawadi
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 






The World Needs A Hero

The World Needs A Hero
(Metal Is - 2001)


Without exaggeration you can say: on Megadeth changed a lot in the past months. First the change on the drums. The long-timed drummer Nick Menza left the band, as substitute came Jimmy DeGrasso - at least the change at the lead guitar: Marty Friedmann left his sentry and was replaced by Al Pitrelli (ex-Savatage), who isn't less popular. As a fan you might ask: Which effect will this have on the music of Megadeth? Last but not least, lays the main responsibility for the musical leadership on David Mustaine. Well, time has come.
After the last, not really euphoric celebrated disc out of the American metal freaks, the whole world is more than curious about what's coming next.
The result is: The World Needs A Hero!! This is as well as title track also the name of the 12 songs long new album of the quartet.
And again they are on the right way. At least you would say so, if you didn't get clear with the path walked before. Megadeth remember their old virtues. This becomes more than clear by that they use Return To Hangar to restore one of the great classics of the band-history and once again, return to the events of the legendary Hangar 18. But also stylistic, they don't experiment with other music styles (although I must say, that I could even find many interesting parts!!) but remember their roots.
In spite of the change, sounds the band on this CD like one, as if they played always together. The strong voice of Mr. Mustaine is sounding, combined with hard riffs, impressive guitar-solos of the superior Mr. Pitrelli (anybody expected anything else?) and the solid bass-works of 'Dave2'. The right drive brings Jimmy Degrasso and in summary this sounds really good. So we're looking forward to the Europe tour ...


6 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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