Friday, 11 September 2009

First Listen - Megadeth "Endgame"

 
Opener Dialectic Chaos is a two and a half minute instrumental, much like Into the Lungs of Hell from So Far So Good So What, leading into modern thrasher This Day We Fight!.
Evident immediately during the first two tracks is how Dave Mustaine has taken the classic feel of Megadeth and put a modern spin on it. It's a lead guitarist's wet dream, the solos coming and going throughout the songs as fluidly as they ever have.
44 Minutes, another Megadeth song about automatic weapons, chugs along in the vein of Countdown to Extinction/Youthanasia era 'Deth, followed by het penger 1,320 and halfway through the album I realise how good Megadeth still are. Sure they had that wobble with Risk but that was Lars Ulrich's fault right? This is like putting on a comfortable pair of thrash metal slippers, which is no bad thing. Detractors will say "this bit off this song sounds like Take No Prisoners" or such like, but I don't care.  Have Megadeth become the AC/DC of metal? No, not at all, but you can sort of expect what you are going to get from Megadave these days.
I always said that the only way I'd get into a new Megadeth album was if Dave went back on the brown, as those first three albums where he's fucked will always figure right up there in Thee Claw's top 100 albums of all time, but this is a good, solid, meaty album that could have come out at any point in Megadeth's discography and been a success, and you can't really ask for more than that can you?
My only gripe is that there isn't a song about heavy metal on here.