8.31.2016

MEGADETH























"countdown to extinction"
Year:  1990
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  47 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Heavy Metal

















Two years after the release of Rust In Peace and just when the dust from their nuclear holocaust had began to settle down, Megadeth unleashed their fifth hit on humanity, titled just as properly, Countdown To Extinction. That self-centered bastard called Mustaine has almost totally expelled his self destructing tendencies that marched along with his genius, or even better, he fitted them in his music. He is following a procedure of cleansing and with the help of his teammates he creates another heavy metal masterpiece. He is being in peace with himself and has finally realized who he is and what he can offer.





It was a matter of time for Friedman and Menza to fully adjust themselves to the band and its needs and now they contribute to the song writing and the lyrics. Even the low-profile Dave Ellefson composed his own parts for the bass. If this not a sign of improvement then I don’t know what is. The chemistry of the album is based not on drugs and dope but on the friendly climate and bonding between the musicians. The music is very heavy, somewhat denying the speed chapter but investing on classic, traditional metal. The main ingredients of this album are inspiration, melody, technique and feeling. Most of the lyrics give out bitterness but at times they reflect optimism and hope. Once again Megadeth deal with a variety of themes like war, drugs, politics and even nature.





In terms of music, the basic elements of Megadeth are found here. From the weird singing of Mustaine, the firm bass guitar, the dynamic drums to the superb, typical riffs, this is a pure Megadeth album with less speed but with balls of metal. Friedman is once again in great shape and delivers tremendous guitar playing. His riffs are exciting and strong, his solos inspired and melodic without losing their metal feeling. Menza’s skillful drumming gives the appropriate push to the songs and Ellefson offers the best with his steady, firm bass lines. All these fit perfectly with the familiar vocals creating an insane atmosphere (*review by EverMetal ).
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"the system has failed"
Year:  2004
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  48 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Heavy Metal






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"dystopia"
Year:  2016
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  55 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Heavy Metal



















After the controversial Super Collider, Dave Mustaine decided to fire Shawn Drover and Chris Brodderick. The band needeed a consistent formation and an album to show what they’re still capable of being a still relevant band. Two new guys were brought: Chris Adler, the drummer of Lamb Of God, and Kiko Loureiro, the legendary guitarrist from the brazilian power metal band Angra. The desire of Mustaine to prove that he can still make relevant songs again make Dystopia one of their strongest efforts since Rust In Peace. The first thing we can note listening to this album is a return to the more heavy and thrashy roots of Megadeth. It is not heavy as the first albums but is still heavier than Th1rt3en and the extremely commercial Super Collider, the last albuns with the last known line up. Again, Mustaine follows his politics themes in the entire album, sometimes making interesting critics and in others, sounding like a total patriot lunatic. “Dystopia” is a great title track and represents the album pretty well: solid writing, great riffs, fast playing and melodic solos. The decision of adopting a more clean production allows the listener to note how well done the guitars are here and makes the bass audible, giving heaviness to this work. Kiko shows how talented he is in his style of playing and along with Mustaine shines in the tracks “Poisonous Shadows” and “Conquer or Die”. The problem with the very clean production is how it affects Mustaine’s voice. Sometimes, he feels like a robot talking, taking out the agression that he was known in the past while singing. But luckily, it doesn’t happens all the time. In the year of 2016, we had several thrash metal albums shining. Dystopia is not a return to the old speed metal style from the early years of Megadeth, but it is the their most strong effort since 1990. We can define the sound here as a evolution from everything that the band has been doing in all those years: a tribute to the past looking forward to the future. Well done, Dave Mustaine (* review by Marcus 22 ).
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