Megadeth
United Abominations


3.5
great

Review

by Jorn van Schaïk USER (172 Reviews)
May 15th, 2007 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mustaine may never achieve the huge standards some of his preceding albums set, but with United Abominations he shows that Megadeth is still alive and kicking in the thrash metal scene with his best album since Countdown to Extinction.

Megadeth hasn't been the world's most consistent band. After a mixed reception of their 80s albums, and their rise to international fame afterwards with their magnum opus Rust In Peace, they have continually struggled to recreate an album in terms of the quality standards that albums set for them. Countdown came close, but as the band diverged and diverged from their thrash roots the quality of albums started to decline. The band became a revolving door for members, with only Mustaine remaining (as this is his band, after all.) Mustaine even suffered an injury that left him unable to play guitars for months on end.

Then came The System Has Failed, which was a step in the right direction for this band. Mustaine was finally settling down with his guitar injuries, he had found a new mission for himself in the name of God and he worked hard to finally release his newest opus, United Abominations. And guess what? It doesn't beat Rust In Peace, and Countdown is a tough call, but it damn sure beats everything else they've ever done! 24 years into his career, Mustaine is still capable of playing high-intensity thrash metal with his peers, and he still pulls it off without sounding like a shadow of his former self. The man appears to age gracefully.

It's also safe to say that this album contains some of the best material the band has written in over fifteen years. Sleepwalker is a monster, with a powerful acoustic introduction and Mustaine's vocals sounding listenable for once. Gears of War is a full-out thrash assault, aggressive, dark, politically oriented, just the way Mustaine and his legion of fans liked it. Washington is Next! is another gem, a high-adrenaline political tirade against Bush's politics. After all these years, Mustaine is still spitting on the system like he has always done, and while some albums have made him lose credibility these kind of modern songs that still have that classic 'Deth vibe to them bring the man full back into the metal arena.

Musically the band still knows the way around their instruments too. Dave seems fully healed from his guitar injury, and belts out the riffs and solos with almost the same intensity he could before he managed to numb his arm. Glen Drover plays some admirable solos, not anything overly brilliant but again the man knows his way around the damn guitar. The drums and bass aren't over-the-top special but it all passes the test. Perhaps they are getting a little old, but they are no less hale and vivacious.

Mustaine also knows how to rake in the bucks very well, though. His remake of the song A Tout Le Monde has expanded into a duet with Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia, and has been slightly speeded up for Glen Drover to play a slightly adjusted solo in the process. It's mainstream, but the old song worked fine and so does this modern version anno 2007. It is clear that even thrash bands need to update their sound to have some form of quality; this genre may be one of the most nostalgic ones in the metal scene but Megadeth here shows that we can't always look back on the classics. We have to move on, too.

Unfortunately, next to all these highlights there is also a significant portion of the album that is worthy of the term "filler." The last two songs serve absolutely zero purpose and while neither fails musically they both don't add anything to the album either; they are just there to fill up some time in the tracklisting. Amerikhastan is musically spot on but the spoken verses work on your nerves; this isn't Dark Side Of The Moon, Dave. Similarly Blessed Are The Dead is equally boring and uninspired.

However, this album can safely be remembered as a good return to form for Mustaine and the boys. While he may never achieve the thrash peaks he did with Rust In Peace, at least here we have an artist that 25 years after he started playing still is capable of releasing albums that are worth your money and time. Mustaine has held on for so long, and I hope he continues to do so; even though he is aging he is still a fresh source of good material in a fading metal style. If you are a Megadeth fan I therefore suggest you pick this up (if you haven't already) because it will easily satisfy all your headbanging needs for the coming weeks. This is their best release since 1992, no doubt.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Unreal
May 15th 2007


229 Comments


class review, i agree its not a groundbreaking new album, but certainly a good effort.
cant wait for the tour!

ZFighter142
May 15th 2007


205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album should is def gonna throw metallica out. whatever metallica will put out this year will not be half as good as megadeth's UA.

Slaytan
May 15th 2007


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I hate when people mention stuff like that^^. This album is great, and we have yet to see what Metallica does. Great review too.

blackroseMD1
May 15th 2007


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is probably my second favorite new album of the summer, behind the new NIN. I love the fact that Megadeth has never strayed to far from their thrash roots.

Mikesn
Emeritus
May 15th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Amerikhastan is musically spot on but the spoken verses work on your your nerves
This, oh man.

Good review.

south_of_heaven 11
May 15th 2007


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The spoken verses is what makes it so awesome!

Bfhurricane
May 15th 2007


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wait this came out already? Where have I been?
I must get!

ScelusNefas
May 15th 2007


274 Comments


''Washington is Next! is another gem, a high-adrenaline political tirade against Bush's politics.''

Did you know Mustain voted for Bush??

To blackroseMD1, have you listened to Risk?

Great review but i was expecting more from this album.


Altmer
May 16th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

no I didn't

Spamwise
May 16th 2007


87 Comments


Great review, amazing album.

"Did you know Mustain voted for Bush??"
I remember he said he felt Bush was the lesser of the two evils.

"
To blackroseMD1, have you listened to Risk?"
There were still metal songs on that album. They've never completely changed their style.

ScelusNefas
May 17th 2007


274 Comments


There were still metal songs, yes, but he said ''their trash roots'', and no, Risk isn't trash metal.

Mikesn
Emeritus
May 17th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

To be honest, I listen to Risk way more often than I listen to any of their thrash albums (save for Rust in Peace).

ASberg
May 20th 2007


2161 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I must say i don't find this album nor any album they have released for a while to be thrash metal. It's more regular heavy metal. but thats just me.

Mikesn
Emeritus
May 20th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This isn't thrash. It's got it's thrashy moments, but it isn't thrash metal. Megadeth will never be full on thrash ever again.

Ediit:

Well, you never know I suppose, but I wouldn't bet on it.This Message Edited On 05.20.07

Altmer
May 20th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Megadeth never really was thrash imo, they have always been more speed metal combined with thrash and heavy. I dunno, their riffs just sound un-thrash to me.

But it's still a good album.

Bfhurricane
May 20th 2007


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Megadeth's older stuff, even Rust in Peace, isnt full thrash at all. Too much Black Sabbath influence, not as much chugging. Not saying thats bad at all, it just sounds out of place compared to other thrash bands at the time.

SHOOTME
June 12th 2008


2393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I feel that Megadeth is the best Big Four Thrash band. Their worst album is better than the other Big Four thrash bands worst (Risk owns St. Anger/Diablous In Musica/2/3 of Anthrax's Discography). Plus, I like that they aren't pure thrash, I like their Sabbath influences.

Si1v3RfaNg
June 13th 2008


817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review man, ill pos it

Wizard
June 13th 2008


19644 Comments


Mustaines vocals ruin it for me. If he only sung without his nasal passages interfering..............I have never really liked Megadeth tbqh.

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

FR33L0RD
June 13th 2008


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like , good old thrash metal & and Megadeth is good at exactly that. And, at the same i understand why people are annoyed by his voice.
Personnaly, i like his strange vocals.



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