Megadeth
Endgame


5.0
classic

Review

by Pepe Silvia USER (15 Reviews)
October 10th, 2009 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: *droooool*

As I write this, it's been about a month since Megadeth first freed up their latest album for legal stream. My first impressions, like just about everyone else's, were awesome, excellent, fantastic, and just about any other synonym. I had the rating at 4.5. But, at the risk of sounding like a crazed fanboy writing a reactionary first-impressions novel, I held off on submitting a review until everything had a chance to sink in. Great news - this album has actually grown on me rather than lost its luster. I thought this was a rock solid return to form before, but I now feel that Endgame stands right up to the best of Megadeth's discography.

You may have heard, Endgame marks the debut of latest Megadeth lead guitarist, Chris Broderick. It must be said, he immediately makes a strong bid for being the best guitarist the band has ever had. And this band has had Chris Poland, Marty Friedman, and Glen Drover play alongside that Mustaine guy. Granted, the album does seem to be tailored toward showing off his abilities, but that doesn't make Broderick's performance any less amazing. All the other band members live up to their billing as well. LoMenzo's a quality bassist, Shawn Drover a great drummer, and the other axeman, Mustaine, was just named the #1 metal guitarist of all time in a recent Joel McIver book. Mustaine's vocals are also very good on this album, as he continues to improve with age. Whereas he sounded like claws on a chalkboard when he deviated from his normal snarl into cleaner singing on early Megadeth albums, he can use a more melodic approach on tracks like 44 Minutes and How The Story Ends (though its still largely his basic snarl), and not miss a beat.

While the 'return to thrash' aspect of Endgame has been heavily advertised, arguably the most impressive aspect of Endgame is its diversity. There are plenty of thrashers on this disc, and they do deliver, but there's several other songs on here that would fit right in with Countdown To Extinction... actually, most of them would be better than anything from that album. 44 Minutes and The Right To Go Insane are the two finest examples. Neither song is a blistering thrasher, but melodic, slightly emotional, standard metal songs. You'd be surprised just how well that formula works here.

Oh and about the 'return to thrash' - they weren't joking. 1,320, Headcrusher, This Day We Fight, and the title track all represent some of the fastest, most energetic material this band has put out in two decades. Where United Abominations had us hopeful for the next album, with tracks like Washington Is Next and Burnt Ice, Endgame fires on all cylinders and delivers the thrashiness that's been absent from the band since Rust In Peace, and the all-out aggression that's been missing from the band since before that.

In conclusion, Megadeth has now become of the only metal bands out there to be a major force in the industry, change their style to something more widely accepted, and make it back onto every metalhead's playlist using the formula that brought them success in the first place. This, in my opinion, is the top thrash album of the 2000s, and one-ups every other comeback album from thrash giants thus far (Death Magnetic, Christ Illusion, Inventor Of Evil, etc.). You need this.

Recommended Tracks:
Dialectic Chaos
44 Minutes
Endgame
Headcrusher
The Right To Go Insane



Recent reviews by this author
Sodom In War and PiecesExodus Exhibit B: The Human Condition
Exodus Shovel Headed Kill MachineBonded by Blood Feed the Beast
Overkill BloodlettingOverkill Ironbound
user ratings (1807)
Chart.
4
excellent
other reviews of this album
1 of

Comments:Add a Comment 
Jesuslaves
October 10th 2009


4655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is the short version, since the other one I submitted FAIL'd and I didn't feel like typing every little bit of this formerly-mammoth review up again. I'll probably come back and add the mid-review TBT section when I feel like it.

Phantom
October 10th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol

KYZAR
October 10th 2009


513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

love this but im not sure this is a five.

Relinquished
October 10th 2009


25051 Comments


123

Jesuslaves
October 10th 2009


4655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

It's a five to me. I love half the tracks to death, dislike none, and can't find a single problem with the record anywhere.

KYZAR
October 10th 2009


513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"it's a five to me. I love half the tracks to death, dislike none, and can't find a single problem with the record anywhere."

but you dont love ALL of them


KTV
October 10th 2009


760 Comments


seriously. i'm pretty sure that makes a 5

KYZAR
October 10th 2009


513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fine whatever, i just disagree

fromtheinside
October 10th 2009


18203 Comments


i mean its good, but..........

Digging: Tragedy - Vengeance

LepreCon
October 10th 2009


4090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good review, second-best album of the year for me

Greggers
October 10th 2009


2375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best metal record of the year, but not quite a 5 for me

Lunarfall
October 10th 2009


3179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

definitely not the best metal record this year but its definitely up there

and save the review dammit!

KTV
October 10th 2009


760 Comments


"fine whatever, i just disagree"

i was agreeing with you man

rotterdog
October 10th 2009


488 Comments


The intro track on this album is awesome; still haven't gotten around to listening to the rest of it.

KYZAR
October 10th 2009


513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fine whatever, i just disagree"

i was agreeing with you man

oh. thanks. my bad.

Fxxkit13
October 11th 2009


1559 Comments


I still havent heard this, but its a good review

Relinquished
October 11th 2009


25051 Comments


haven't hea... HEAR IT NOW!

Fxxkit13
October 11th 2009


1559 Comments


i'm d/l as we speak lol
I'm pretty excited for it, i must say

Relinquished
October 11th 2009


25051 Comments


I see you posting alot too.

Fxxkit13
October 11th 2009


1559 Comments


yeah well...i wasnt on all day so i have some catching up to do. Plus it seems like no one else is really on/comment atm.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy