Megadeth
United Abominations


2.5
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Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
June 12th, 2007 | 35 replies | 4,514 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If Megadeth continues to release albums like United Abominations they will probably loose fans instead of gaining fans. This album just repeats the past.

7 of 11 thought this review was well written

Thrash metal; what is thrash metal exactly? Well, thrash metal to me should be very fast and violent. The riff work should be nearly extremely varied, not to mention heavy as hell, and the drums should be very intense but also varied. Crunchy guitars and a metal clinging bass should be enough to create a solid sound. Thrash metal vocalists should have a torn, flawed singing voice and the lyrics should be about just anything, whether it be religion, violence, politics, day-to-day stuff. There are many examples of bands that have these specific requirements but my first thrash metal experience was Megadeth (which didn't have all of these requirements at the time). Every time when I listen to a Megadeth album I always say to myself: "Thank god that Dave was kicked out from Metallica so he could create a far more solid band than Metallica." Most metal heads know that Megadeth has lived in the shadow of Metallica, but to me, Megadeth has always been the better part, especially because of the instrumental sections. While Metallica made music with a sledge-hammer, Megadeth created music with a surgical scalpel. Megadeth hasn't been as heavy as Metallica, but Megadeth put more effort into instrumental skills and techniques, and they still sound lethal, heavy and aggressive. Megadeth has released at least three albums that have made a huge impact on the world of metal, those being Peace Sells But Who's Buying?, Rust In Peaceand Countdown To Extinction. However, as with many other bands, Megadeth also made a few down-albums, like Risk and The World Needs A Hero. But Dave Mustaine has always been fighting back, even if critics and fans talked s*** about his music or the band, he has always returned fire. The band is now (unfortunately) a more commercial heavy metal band than a rough thrash metal one but they have been starting to return to their thrash roots. The System Has Failed showed that the band still could deliver some old-fashion thrashing in small portions, and they claimed to continue this with their new album United Abominations.

In 2007 Megadeth released a new album called United Abominations. This album does not separate itself from previous albums, as it actually sounds like an updated version of The System Has Failed. And that means that the band is going in the right direction, back to their thrash belongings, but they still keep the mainstream elements (that they could get rid off). Yes, after these words you probably think that I will flame this album big time but no, don't worry. This album has some aces in its arm sleeves, both good and bad ones. To begin with Dave has a new line-up (again) and this time he has recruited the Drover brothers Glenn and Shawn, and brought inJames Lomenzo (all of them from various power metal and hard rock bands), but they don't add anything that might seem spectacular in terms of instrumental abilities. If we look at the overall material we will find steady rhythm sections, catchy leads and blazing solos.Sleepwalker and Washington Is Next are definitely the best examples of these kind of great tracks. Dave's ability to sing hasn't changed, as he has improved slightly but he still sounds the same, which means that he has the love-or-hate vocals. The overall variety of tracks is great since no track sounds similar to others. There are fast tracks like Sleepwalker, medium paced tracks like Gears Of War and Never Walk Alone...A Call To Arms, and slower tracks like A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free). Dave's ability to write lyrics might not be top-notch every time but in this album we will find some smart lyrics. Lines like When God versus God; the undoing of man. (Amerikhastan) and How can there be any logic in biological war? (Washington is Next!) are both expertly written, and these can also make you think.

Well, it is easier to point out the bad stuff in this album rather than pointing out the goodies, and that's because I thought that this album was going to be more advanced than The System Has Failed. That album showed fans that something were going to change with the band's current music but this here album sounds like a second half. To me, this sounds like Dave took Countdown To Extinction, The World Needs A Hero and The System Has Failed a moulded them into United Abominations. There are some thrash in this album but come on, the only track I would point out as a thrash track it would be Washington Is Next. The rest of the tracks sounds like half-assed copies from previous material, but Sleepwalker and Never Walk Alone...A Call To Arms still sound refreshing though. The sound production isn't that great either, because when Ellefsson was in the band the bass was pretty audible but not now. The guitars are too loud and that makes the bass become non-existent, and that makes a pretty flat and boring overall sound. The butchering of A Tout Le Monde...oh no, don't even get me started. Why did they turn up the pace and add a female guest singer? When bands play songs live they tend to play them a bit faster, but this track isn't a live track, so this remake just feels like a lack of creativity in my opinion.

As a father said to his son once: "I'm not angry, I'm just disappointed", and that's exactly what I feel about this album. I thought that this was going to sweep the floor, but instead the album landed flat on floor. This sounded like previous material, as many tracks felt familiar from albums like The World Needs A Hero for example. Every time I listen to this album, I exit after the three first tracks. I think that Megadeth hasn't made any successful moves with this album, perhaps lyrically but not instrumentally or creatively. Many songs have their bright moments but in the end it gets tedious and boring. It doesn't matter if you're a fan or not, this album suits would suit many heavy metal followers, mostly because of the overall catchy material. Buy this album if you want but I think people were too high on this album right from the start and therefore gave it too much credit. Peace Sells But Who's Buying? and Rust In Peace will still remain as Megadeth true masterpieces. This album is just another album to fill out your CD collection.

Recommended Tracks
-- Washington Is Next (Without a doubt the best track of this album)
-- Sleepwalker
-- Amerikhastan

2.5/5



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Epilogue
June 12th 2007



1555 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review (although I think theres too much italics, bold, and underline). I agree with a good amount of this review(like Daves voice improving, À Tout Le Monde thing), but I find time to enjoy this album.

jrowa001
June 12th 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pretty good review like always, but i this album is damn good. it took a few listens to enjoy it as much as their earlier work. its a major step up from their last few releases. i do agree that the tout le monde version on this album is bad. i love the solo at the end of burnt ice. but like Epilogue said theres too much stuff going on in your review, it hurts the eyes a bit. if i wasnt so lazy i think i might review an album this summer when not at summer school

Altmer
June 12th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this album is actually pretty good

Confessed2005
June 12th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was wondering if you were going to review this Deth.

Good job. IMO, the bolding and such is all fine, helps make things stand out. But I guess the italics for names and such isn't all important.

Simply put, the band's best since CTE.

kalkal50
June 12th 2007



2386 Comments


Catchy album, but yes they've become much too commercial.

This album has some aces in its arm sleeves

This quote sounds very Swede-ified :D, in English you say "to have tricks up ones sleave", but haha nice.
2nd and 3rd paragraphs show much improvement from your part. I feel the conclusion wasn't solid enough.

rattlehead42147
June 12th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this was great work deth. The first sentence in the last paragraph was a great way to end the whole thing. hearing this from a felow megadeth fan makes this believable, although i wish this album could be better. Too bad the ATLM remake sucks. There are just a few typos.

This album is just another album to fill out your CD collection.

you don't have to put album the first time
....and brought inJames Lomenzo (all of them from various power metal and hard rock bands),....
This Message Edited On 06.12.07

kalkal50
June 13th 2007



2386 Comments


The introduction could've been more complex and concise, its a bit conformist to start talking about a genre, and I notice a lot of people do it now.

Dethtrasher
June 13th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

When I review many albums from one band I try to not copy my own intros, that's why I made this type of intro.

if i wasnt so lazy i think i might review an album this summer when not at summer school

I would like to see how you review music jrowa, I would like to see at least one reivew from you.
Heh, the only thing that I think is great with this album is that the lyrics were smarter/better. Washington Is Next is one of my new favourite deth-songs now.

FR33L0RD
June 13th 2007



1458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice Review like always Deth..my vote

but i dont agree
This album is pretty good
only song i dont like is the title track "United Abominations"This Message Edited On 06.13.07

Confessed2005
June 13th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Never Walk Alone has some sweet riffs in it.

SputnikDX
June 21st 2007



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your review is very well written, but I have to disagree on many points.

I think the album is great. There are some uninteresting songs (Gears), but most of the songs are solid. I actually love the new version of A Tout Le Monde. The faster pace just makes the song seem a little better, and the lyrical styling of Mustaine and the girl worked out very very well. (I don't know her name by memory yet.)

Even with our disagreements, your review is still well written though, so I'll just give you that.

kalkal50
June 21st 2007



2386 Comments


Are you kidding me? Have you heard him sing in French?

I think the introduction was good, just a bit cheesy if you will. This Message Edited On 06.21.07

El_Goodo
June 23rd 2007



1008 Comments


Why so many people saying this was well-written? He is came to the album believing it would be a hardcore thrash album on this alone it would appear he thought this was the follow up to Rust In Peace. But somehow he admits to have listened to Risk, The World Needs A Hero, and The System Has Failed yet he still believed that this was going to be a balls to walls straight-up thrash album. I sure hope he's not anticipating the same thing for Metallica's new album.

You spend most of the time talking about what you thought the album was going to be. From what I've heard it's not as good as The System Has Failed, that album managed to combine great heavy music with killer hooks, and hooks should not be feared in heavy metal music as nearly ever Ozzy-Era Sabbath song had memorable hooks. Speaking of Ozzy ...I pray to god you didn't go into his album expecting a follow-up to Sabbath's Paranoid.

Dethtrasher
June 23rd 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't listen to Metallica or Sabbath anymore. They are pretty much dead to me so I won't get their albums, especially Metallica's.

El_Goodo
June 23rd 2007



1008 Comments


Alrighty then...have fun with that. I like how over dramatic you are.

Dethtrasher
June 23rd 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I tend to be that when I comment stuff, sorry.

ProcessOfElimination
July 1st 2007



4 Comments


This cd was okay, i first heard Washingtons next when they played at gigantour, it was alright. i expected more from megadeth. and i am DREADING the new metallica album, who knows what can go wrong next, What's worse than st.anger?

ASberg
September 2nd 2008



2161 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Goodo, why are you being an idiot?

Nice review but the album got old fast.

Dethtrasher
September 2nd 2008



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yea, the only track I listen to these days is Washington Is Next. The rest is meh, totally meh.

AngelPhoenix
September 2nd 2008



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, I think Sleepwalker and Burnt Ice are both very good, but I couldn't put down a decent argument for why the rest aren't pretty meh.



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