Megadeth
Cryptic Writings


4.0
excellent

Review

by wakeupdead USER (15 Reviews)
January 16th, 2007 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


Ah, Megadeth. What would the thrash metal community do without them? Oh, they would probably move on I suppose but they would be very much in depression, or at least I would. Megadeth is in my opinion the best thrash band out there, and I urge everyone who is a fan of heavy metal to check these guys out, if they haven't already. The following is my opinionated review of their 1997 release Cryptic Writings, which was overlooked by many people.

Cryptic Writings is an excellent album, and here is why. Most of the songs are incredible, and are extremely well written. The music here is very much in the rock catagory, but that is definetly not a bad thing. Faster songs like "The Disintegrators" and "FFF" are very thrash-like and well worth a listen, and the solos are no less than impressive. However, slower songs such as "Use The Man" and "I'll Get Even" seem like absolute garbage at first, but after a closer listen the songs are actually quite enjoyable. They are quite catchy and fun to sing along to, as well as very well written. More melodic numbers, like "Mastermind" and Vortex" reminded me of their classic thrash song, which is quite possibly my favourite song of all time, "Tornado Of Souls." These musical pieces are quite worth the listen to, though there are some dissapointments to this particular album.

The things I disliked about the album is how many of the songs are very much at the same speed, except for the selected few mentioned above. also, some of the guitar solos are not nearly as impressive as their earlier stuff, namely "Trust." And some of the sounds are quite annoying, most specifically the ones at the start of "Almost Honest" and "Have Cool, Will Travel," which is actually another track that is a great song after a few more listens.

Even though most of the tracks are at a moderate speed, these pieces are among the best the rock genre has to offer, including "She-Wolf," "Trust," and "Almost Honest."

The sound of the album is quite good. Pretty well perfect actually. Except for the sound effects that were stuck in there. I thought the absolute worst song on this album was "I'll Get Even," until I gave that a closer listen as well. Now I'll probably tell you that the worst one here is "Have Cool, Will Travel," which is in general a well done track, even with the harmonica in it! That is an intrument that I never thought Megadeth would use.

The solos are not the highlights of the album this time, but the choruses were. Most of them were well done, with some cool riffs to go over it. The best chorus is probably the one in "FFF" because of the guitar riff that goes over it, and also the lyrics were cool.

The lyrics on this album are probably some of the best Megadeth have written. This line from "FFF,"

"Fight for freedom, fight authority, fight for anything, my country tis of me..."

...and this line from the classic, "Trust,"

"My body aches from mistakes, betrayed by lust, we lied to each other so much, there ain't nothing we trust..."

...are both excellent examples of well written lyrics.

The overall quality of this record is excellent, and I think every metal/rock fan should give it a listen. Although, I think this was the album that ultimately marked Megadeth's down fall (I thought Youthanasia was better than Countdown to Extinction).

Recommended Tracks
Trust
Almost Honest
The Disintigrators
She-Wolf



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Angmar
January 16th 2007


2689 Comments


pretty good review, some wierd writing but hey im not one to talk. I dont have this i only got 4 megadeth albums.

wakeupdead
January 16th 2007


2208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Stevo. Some of my wierd writing is something I was trying to say, that I know what it means and no-one else can figure it out. I'm sure we've all had moments like that.

ToWhatEnd
January 16th 2007


3172 Comments


Enjoyed the writing but watch out for comma splices. I used to be guilty of them majorly myself and I can tell you a good way to limit them is by re-reading your review for them. Also watch out for awkward sentences as well. [quote=review]The sound of the album is quite good, pretty well perfect actually, except for the sound effects that were stuck in there.[/quote] Not the biggest deal just trying to help you out. Like I said before though I like the review.

wakeupdead
January 16th 2007


2208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the tip. I'll look out for those

Dethtrasher
January 16th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Am I the only one on this site that hates ''Trust''? :p
Good review on a pretty good Deth-album.

wakeupdead
January 16th 2007


2208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=Dethtrasher]Am I the only one on this site that hates ''Trust''? [/quote] I'm sure there are more people on this site who hates it. Thanks.
This Message Edited On 01.16.07

Neoteric
January 16th 2007


3243 Comments


After listening to this the other night, it's quite poor to me now. None of the tracks are great, only a few decent ones here and there.

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 16th 2007


3709 Comments


Am I the only one on this site that hates ''Trust''?
Yes. :mad:
Thanks Stevo. Some of my wierd writing is something I was trying to say, that I know what it means and no-one else can figure it out. I'm sure we've all had moments like that.
I know I have.
After listening to this the other night, its quite great to me now. Aside from Trust, I especially love She-Wolf, I'll Get Even, and A Secret Place.This Message Edited On 01.16.07

wakeupdead
January 16th 2007


2208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey thanks for the votes you guys. I did this review in like 20 minutes, so I didn't think it was too good, but apparently it was. :chug:

Bfhurricane
January 16th 2007


6197 Comments


I've heard that this isn't that great. perhaps I heard wrong

megadeth101
January 16th 2007


865 Comments


nice man.

Det_Nosnip
January 17th 2007


374 Comments


To be honest, this is actually one of my favorite Megadeth albums...some of the band's best songwriting. It's a shame they plummeted in no uncertain terms after this.



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