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Megadeth: Endgame

After Dave Mustaine's injury which temporarily ended Megadeth, the powerful album The System Has Failed marked the return of the band with its surprise inclusion of drumming legend Vinnie Colaiuta, and this was followed by United Abominations, my favorite Megadeth release in years. In 2009 we now have another Megadeth CD with End Game, which as an overall CD beats United Abominations.

Comparisons will of course be drawn with classics like So Far, So Good... So What?or what many call their greatest album Rust In Piece. I would prefer to compare Endgame to the current releases from other metal bands, which it does an admirable job surpassing many. Endgame is also yet another Megadeth release that outshines that other well known 80's band's recent CDs.

Endgame is very much a Megadeth CD from Dave Mustaine's vocals which are, well , Dave Mustaine vocals, and as usual they do the job, without them it just wouldn't be Megadeth, there's the customary speed variation and as expected loads of metal charged guitar riffage and solos. "Into The Lungs Of Hell" has always been one of my Megadeth favorites; End Game kicks off with another guitar screaming instrumental "Dialectic Chaos" which flows into the animated war themed track "This Day We Fight!". While title track "Endgame" tells of the government taking away citizens rights and the punishments for those who rebel, the next one up, with its ballad like start, "The Hardest Part Of Letting Go - Sealed With A Kiss", is quickly shattered with some mega metal. The riffs of "Head crusher" and "How The Story Ends" sink their hooks in demanding repeated listens, and the end result being that Endgame is just a fantastic CD.

I'm sure Endgame wont be the 'end' of Megadeth, as Dave Mustaine and his men are still a mighty force in the metal genre.


Track Listing
1. Dialectic Chaos
2. This Day We Fight!
3. 44 Minutes
4. 1,320
5. Bite The Hand
6. Bodies
7. Endgame
8. The Hardest Part Of Letting Go - Sealed With A Kiss
9. Head Crusher
10. How The Story Ends
11. The right to go insane

Added: October 15th 2009
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Score:
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1966
Language: english

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Megadeth: Endgame
Posted by Scott Ward, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-10-15 08:16:44
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With each release, Dave Mustaine seems to grow as both a musician and as a songwriter. He is such a great talent that when I heard about the release of this new album Endgame I knew it would be purchased just as soon as it became available. With all the expectations of a new Megadeth disc, I would have to say that I was sorely let down upon hearing it…at first.

Then I played it again. Listening a little closer to the magnificent guitar work between Mr. Mustaine and his new partner in crime Chris Broderick, it didn't take long to hear that this was something special. The opening instrumental track "Dialectic Chaos" is a guitar battle between these two behemoths and after bludgeoning each other for the whole length of the song there is no clear winner, except for the listener.

From there Megadeth takes you on one of their most eclectic yet stimulating roller coaster rides yet. From the snarling metal of the first single "Head Crusher" to the burning rubber of "1,320", Dave and the boys give you a barrage of metal carnage from so many different directions that you might think that the 5th army just used your eardrums for their war games!

If that isn't enough, you get the chance to hear Dave as a crooner. Yes, for a brief moment at the start of "The Hardest Part Of Letting Go… - Sealed With A Kiss" I believe that Mustaine is actually, dare I say, trying a love song? Before it is over though, the snarling beast returns in all his glory. I will leave the irony of this one as a treat to you when you get a listen.

After all the good that I have to say for this disc and it is one of the outstanding metal albums of 2009, you might wonder why I say I was let down. Well, with ever album since the beginning with Megadeth, I have always thought that there has been a glimmer or a spark in each offering that makes me think the next one might just be their Sgt. Pepper. The one that finally proves to the world that Dave and Company are one of the elite. Although it is one of the best thrash/heavy metal albums I have heard, Endgame" is not the one. It could very well be the prelude and will stand on its own against the best that is out there but I still feel that the band's best is yet to come! Don't let that stop you from enjoying this thrash feast as only Megadeth can bring it. It is required listening in the school of metal!!

Megadeth: Endgame
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-09-25 13:18:11
My Score:

Dave Mustaine and the boys in Megadeth are back with a red hot follow-up to their kiss ass comeback United Abominations, the even stronger Endgame. With new guitar stud Chris Broderick in tow, Mustaine probably has his most talented guitar partner since Marty Friedman, and Engame is easily the most ferocious slice 'o raging thrash this outfit has produced since Rust in Peace.

Killer 'thrash-o-matic' beasties such as "This Day We Fight", "44 Minutes", "1,320", and the snarling, rabid attack of "Head Crusher" are just a few examples of the genius that's encrusted within this super-charged slab of molten metal. The band even gets all spooky and tranquil on the lush "The Hardest Part of Letting Go", proving that they can still vary up their attack and be effective, delivering a proggy edge on this one that's quite refreshing. Elsewhere, expect loads of sinewy, explosive guitar work from both Mustaine and Broderick, solid drum work courtesy of Shawn Drover, and a surprising amount of groove-laden bass lines from James Lomenzo, who is way up in the mix this time out, which is definitely a good thing. Mustaine is at his snarling, political best, showing how 25 years later, his still can deliver the goods.

Only slight drawback here is that at just under 45 minutes long, Engame is litterally 'game over' just as you really start to get into it, but in this day and age where too many prog and metal bands are churning out bloated 75 minute releases of mostly filler and little killer, Engame is ultimatately just the right amount of all any metal lover really needs.

Out-freakin'-standing!



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