Megadeth
Endgame


4.5
superb

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
September 10th, 2009 | 958 replies | 98,063 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No one is going to be clamoring for “Rust in Peace Part 2” anymore – this is now the album against which all other Megadeth albums will be judged.

Most bands’ discographies are fairly linear in quality. There may be some minor drops or increases in substance, but basically they remain pretty consistent. Every once in awhile, though, a band will release an album that is far-and-away the best thing they’ve ever done – an album that can be considered a pinnacle of their career and also of their chosen genre. The unfortunate side-effect of releasing such an album is that nothing less than a “Part 2” will ever be good enough. Dave Mustaine learned all about that after the release of the phenomenal Rust in Peace. Despite the quality of subsequent albums, fans have continued to voice disappointment over Dave’s decision to not rehash that essential album. It’s apparently been enough of an issue that once the band did realign themselves with thrash, Dave had to continually go on record to remind people that although the album wasn’t going to be Rust in Peace Part II, it was still going to be a solid effort. In recent interviews Dave has now extended that reminder to include the band’s upcoming album, Endgame, but after one listen no one is going to care.

No one is going to care because this is better than that album or any other album in their discography. While some may see this as a bold statement, it will only seem that way to those that have not yet heard Endgame. This album is classic Megadeth from start to finish featuring some of the strongest songwriting of their career. The band has managed to mix the balls-out aggression of their earlier albums with the catchy accessibility of Countdown to Extinction. Within that framework, they’ve also returned a bit of the progressive edge that has been missing since the mid-nineties. This has lead to songs that feature aggressive riffing, blazing solos, dual guitar harmonies, biting social commentary, and a tendency to go off on quick tangents. This is all delivered in a slick production that eschews the muddy sound of United Abominations in favor of a razor sharp delivery that definitely compliments the music better.

Of course, the majority of credit for any Megadeth album goes to sole original member, Dave Mustaine, but he didn’t make the album alone. Most notable of his current band mates is the recording debut of Dave’s new guitar partner, Chris Broderick. Thanks in part to Chris; the solos are one of the most amazing aspects of this album. He and Dave trade off blazing leads on nearly every track, often times kicking up the intensity levels of the songs in the process. One need look no further than the opening instrumental “Dialectic Chaos” or follow-on track “This Day We Fight” for proof of these shredding solos. This album also features some of the most aggressive riffs of Dave’s career – riffs that manage to be thrashy and modern at the same time. The only minor problem is the same one that a few people have had since the beginning – Dave’s vocals. His raspy snarl is definitely an acquired taste and his actual singing is something that might require some getting used to, but it’s hardly an issue (although “44 Minutes” has its cringe-worthy moments, vocally).

There’s an old poster that features a previous Megadeth line-up with a caption underneath that reads: The World’s State-of-the-Art Speed Metal Band. Somewhere along the way they deliberately gave up that title, but with the release of Endgame they have easily regained it. This is an album that does everything right. It’s catchy enough for the Youthanasia crowd, slick and progressive enough for those into Rust in Peace, and contains enough pissed off attitude for anyone that misses the days of Peace Sells and So Far, So Good, So What. The debut of Chris Broderick seems to have reminded Dave Mustaine just how much fun it can be for the band and the fans to have shredding solos above intense riffing, over the course of an album that hardly ever lets up. This is the album that brings Dave Mustaine and Megadeth back to the forefront of metal and proves that at this point they’re more relevant than any bands they started with.



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Willie
Moderator
September 10th 2009



15908 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This will be streaming at their Myspace page later today:

http://www.myspace.com/megadeth

Meatplow
September 10th 2009



5524 Comments


damn, i've gotta hear this

you've caught my interest at the very least.

Douchebag
September 10th 2009



3624 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Holy shitballs. after reading this, I'm definitley picking this up along with new muse tomorrow. awesome review dude.

KILL
September 10th 2009



71372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

great review, fabulous album, but i'm afraid this isnt in the same league as RIP or peace sells! really fantastic though, best album since countdown imo!

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

Douchebag
September 10th 2009



3624 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As long as I have something to put up really loud and has amazing riffs I'm happy.

Willie
Moderator
September 10th 2009



15908 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review, fabulous album, but i'm afraid this isnt in the same league as RIP or peace sells! really fantastic though, best album since countdown imo!
I have to disagree, obviously. RIP comes close to this, but the intensity level on this puts it over RIP. As for Peace Sells, lets just say it's not a favorite.

Altmer
September 10th 2009



5652 Comments


Damn. I gotta hear this.

ZombieMetalhead
September 10th 2009



46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this blows Death Magnetic out of the water

Altmer
September 10th 2009



5652 Comments


that's not an achievement

Phantom
September 10th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

still need to hear this and blowing death magnetic out the water isn't hard.

Also, Willie, I think you have an extra 'the' in your summary:

"this is the now the album against which all other Megadeth albums will be judged."

Willie
Moderator
September 10th 2009



15908 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You're right, I did. I hate the summaries. I spend all this time on the reviews, copy/paste into the text box and suddenly I'm faced with crapping out a summary (an aspect of the reviews I never consider).

Phantom
September 10th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the rest of the review did the job anyway, will be checking out the stream

foreverendeared
September 10th 2009



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Well, obviously i love this album as much as you do, but i still really don't feel this is even in the same league as Rust in Peace. I mean this album has a lot of riffs from older Megadeth albums that have just been reworked a little. Now i don't mind this, i think it's only natural, but this is what will keep any new Megadeth albums separate from their older work in terms of originality.

Greggers
September 10th 2009



2375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent review, amazing album.

yas666eer
September 10th 2009



270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is awesome!!!!! mustaine for president.. he said that he's only going to make 1 album after this though.....

ratedrsuperstar
September 10th 2009



186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

OMG OMG i'm not a thrash fan but will be run over by thrash fans in my college tomorrow

StinkingBishop
September 10th 2009



39 Comments


Goddamn, I need to hear this. These guys have been getting continually better since The System Has Failed. It's great to hear they're back on form.

BassDemon333
September 10th 2009



3364 Comments


Maybe I should give this a listen....everyone is saying such good things about it....

Digging: Mudvayne - L.D. 50

Bfhurricane
September 10th 2009



6197 Comments


Excellent review. The only problem I have with Megadeth is that their style, especially Mustaine's gnarly vocals, gets tedious to listen to after a bit. Will definitely pick this up though.

3ddie
September 10th 2009



84 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Nice review,nice album....

Didnt like "Bite the hand" much, neither Dave´s vocals in "The Hardest Part...." but this album kicks ass....



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