Megadeth
United Abominations


4.5
superb

Review

by Grant Hunter USER (76 Reviews)
May 14th, 2007 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A crisp sound and a vicious agenda, "United Abominations" breathes new life into Megadeth.

Dave Mustaine, as many know, is a rather outspoken fellow. Whether it be about politics, life, or music, Dave’s always got to throw in his 2 cents, even if no one asks for it, but then again, that’s just how he likes it. Ever since forming Megadeth and releasing “Killing Is My Business…and Business is Good!”, Dave’s been loathed and labeled as an egotistical tyrant. But still, even with that, member after member have come in flocks to play alongside of him and to be able to play under the name of one of the biggest Metal bands to ever emerge.

But with an inconsistent line-up, Megadeth started putting out inconsistent material, which began to occur right after their “mainstream” hit “Countdown to Extinction”. Over time, things got even worse, with lackluster albums such as “The World Needs a Hero” and “Risk”. Things looked bleak for the future of Dave and his beloved band, and he even contemplated dropping the name and going solo. Then suddenly, (poof!), Dave was a born-again Christian, and out-popped “The System Has Failed”, which brought back some of Megadeth’s sound. The band, in a sense, had been saved, and “United Abominations” only confirms that.

It’s not hard to get into “United Abominations” right off the bat, especially since the first four songs are complete knock-outs. The opener, “Sleepwalker”, is easily the best material that’s come out of the band in years, as it centers around Dave’s snapping voice, fanatical lyrics (which, at a point, reference the movie “The Godfather” with a line of “Did I buy you a farm, and put a horse head in your bed?!”) and thrash-injected pounding riffs. The other three, “Washington Is Next!”, “Never Walk Alone…A Call to Arms”, and the title track, all share the same instant likeability as “Sleepwalker”, but focus a bit more on intricate riffing and insightful vocals/lyrics.

The rest of the album, however, is no shrug-off, because if Megadeth is known for one thing, it’s how to write a riff, and this album is chock-full of good ones. Whether it be the chugging “Gears of War”, the crunch-heavy ( and not to mention phenomenal lead work from Glen) “Burnt Ice”, or the downright tactical guitar assault “Amerikhastan”, Dave and Glen rip this album apart. James (bass) and Shawn (drums) expertly back up Glen and Dave, with James laying down a thick wall of sound (as well as a nice branching intro on “Sleepwalker”) while Shawn gives Bonham’s old kit a good pounding with solid beats and fills (especially on “Burnt Ice” and "Play for Blood"). There are really only two songs that sound alike (“Blessed Are the Dead” and “You’re Dead!”), which is just due to their slower nature. Each solo, just like the riffs, is a spectacle to behold. Listening to them trade off on “Play for Blood” is just stunning, as they seem to never miss a beat. The crown, however, goes to melodic shredder on the title track, as it's played over muttered talking about the U.N.

Dave’s voice, surprisingly, suits the album perfectly. His sarcastic tone is at an all-time high on “Sleepwalker”, as he spits out lines such as “ No more stupidity from you, as I pull your tongue through!” and “Did I give you concrete shoes, and throw your body off of a bridge?!” When it’s time to get serious, however, he sounds even more focused, which is evident on the venomous title track, in which he viciously attacks the U.N. with cries of “It’s payback time, at the United Abominations!”. Not only that, but at the end of a song, Dave fires off line after line of U.N. failures. When “Amerikhastan” comes around, get ready to laugh as it contains one of the funniest lines in Metal history with a battle cry of “Hey Jihad Joe, guess what?! We’re coming to get you!

There are, however, a few quirks. “You’re Dead!”, simply put, is filler in the purest form. It doesn’t pack enough punch as the rest of the songs, and feels like it was just written to fill up space. The same can be said for the remake of “A Tout Le Monde”, which while certainly not a bad song just feels out of place and reeks too much of MTV metal (mostly from the vocals of Cristina Scabbia, which make it feel a bit too “poppy”).

In the end, however, these small mistakes don’t overshadow the achievement that is “United Abominations”. This is, simply put, the best material Megadeth has put out since “Countdown to Extinction”, as it’s just a great listen throughout. Every song has some sort of listening credibility (minus the filler “You’re Dead!”), especially if you’re lucky enough to have the head-banging remake of Led Zeppelin’s “Out on the Tiles”, which only makes this album sweeter. Don’t even miss picking this up if you’re fan.

Overall – 4.5/5

Individual Track Ratings
Sleepwalker - 5/5
Washington Is Next! - 5/5
Never Walk Alone... A Call To Arms 5/5
United Abominations 5/5
Gears of War - 4/5
Blessed Are The Dead - 3.5/5
Play For Blood - 4/5
A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free) - 2.5/5
Amerikhastan - 5/5
You're Dead - 1.5/5
Burnt Ice - 4/5



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Mikesn
Emeritus
May 15th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dave makes a bold statement of “How can there be any logic, in biological war?”, in which a clever person would easily realize that “logic” is in fact in biological.
Er, yeah that's what he's saying... Unless you're trying to make a funny, then that pretty much went right over my head. :p

Good review though.

Oshi you wrote this quickly.This Message Edited On 05.14.07

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south_of_heaven 11
May 15th 2007


5436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea, the moment I heard that line, I thought "that's one of the dumbest things I've ever heard." I took it as a serious line, though...but the "You're Dead!" one is dumber.

There was another review somewhere where the guy cited that as a "wtf" moment...then gave the album a 2/5 so f him.This Message Edited On 05.14.07

Mikesn
Emeritus
May 15th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It makes sense to me..but anyways whatever. Song slays.

You're Dead...:lol:This Message Edited On 05.14.07

south_of_heaven 11
May 15th 2007


5436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Word. m/

fuck sputnik needs to recognize that other slash so metal horns can be made properlyThis Message Edited On 05.14.07

Mikesn
Emeritus
May 15th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

|m| will have to do for now.

The music in the title track has a pretty creepy vibe, now that I think about it..

Altmer
May 15th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good return to form for Deth, best album since CtE.

madthumbs
May 15th 2007


12 Comments


The line is:
"One Day i'll dance on your grave, Even if you are buried at sea"

I mean the guy has taken a lot of drugs in his life, but he aint stupid. And the biological war line is similiar to his lyrics in "This was my life" from Countdown to Extinction "There is lie in belief...etc" - So they aren't slip ups

south_of_heaven 11
May 15th 2007


5436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"One Day i'll dance on your grave, Even if you are buried at sea"


That would make it better, but I still don't like it. I don't have the lyrics sheet, so I was going off of my ears, and it sounded like "at sea" was "you see".

But, I'm willing to admit when I'm wrong, so I edited it.This Message Edited On 05.15.07

Dethtrasher
May 15th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ok Grant, now you give me this album because I couldn't find it when I thought I was going to find it. I have only heard Gears Of War and I thought it sucked. Plus, I can't wait to hear the new version of Monde, everybody seems to dislike it.This Message Edited On 05.15.07

FR33L0RD
May 15th 2007


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I cant wait to grab this album

good review
my voteThis Message Edited On 05.15.07

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2007


17920 Comments


no interest in dave mustaine's ramblings but good review grant

Thor
May 15th 2007


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is fucking sick!

met65
May 16th 2007


105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Then suddenly, (poof!), Dave was a born-again Christian, and out-popped “The System Has Failed”, which brought back some of Megadeth’s sound.

LOL

Wizard
May 16th 2007


19501 Comments


Good to see you reviewing again SOH. Excellent review but I cant comment on the music until I pick this up tomorrow.

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south_of_heaven 11
May 16th 2007


5436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no interest in dave mustaine's ramblings but good review grant

But Chan, the drummer used Bonham's old drum kit so it's gotta be worth a listen k?

FR33L0RD
May 25th 2007


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent Album
"Washington is Next" track is siimply awesome 10/10
Every song on this album are good
Classic Trash by the Trash Master themself

This Message Edited On 05.25.07

Dethtrasher
May 26th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Seriously, I hoped that this album would have some uniqueness, I'm actually disappointed about this album. I guess I have to listen to it a bit more. Btw, thanks Grant for giving me this album.

FR33L0RD
May 27th 2007


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@ Deth
Obviously, this album is not reinventing the style
but Megadeth are true to their trash root
and they are doing it very well

My Itunes stars system for this album
1. Sleepwalker ***
2. Washington Is Next! ****
3. Never Walk Alone **
4. United Abominations *
5. Gears Of War **
6. Blessed Are The Dead **
7. Play For Blood
8. A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)**
9. Amerikhastan ***
10. You're Dead **
11. Burnt Ice ***

Pretty good count (for me) in my library
Only song i dont like is United AbominationsThis Message Edited On 05.27.07

rockfan123
March 22nd 2008


344 Comments


i love this album... unlike St. Anger, its a come back to the old gone right!

KILL
February 11th 2009


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love Daves solos at the end of Burnt Ice..so epic

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