Megadeth
Endgame


4.5
superb

Review

by Lambda USER (68 Reviews)
March 1st, 2010 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Megadeth is back with 'Endgame'- their best album in years.

Did anyone really expect anything from Endgame, Megadeth's twelfth time at the plate? Sure, they'd struck gold before, but to many it had appeared as though they'd used up their nine lives- and then some. Despite getting back on track slightly with 2007's above average United Abominations, there was still an underlying sense of hopelessness- not that Megadeth would never release a good album again, but that they would never reach the level they were at in their 'glory days.' Thrash as a genre was revitalized by Metallica's Death Magnetic in 2008- could Megadeth really live up the amount of praise that album received (from most?) The answer to that question is no. It didn't live up to Death Magnetic.

It surpassed it.

I am happy to report that Endgame smashes any and all expectations set for it. It appears as though new guitarist Chris Broderick has revitalized the band- the underlying flat feel on many of United Abominations tracks is done away with, with all of the musicians feeling energetic, and also excited- a feeling necessary to make good thrash. That's not to say that energetic and excited are the only moods that this album conveys, however. There are a couple of drops in tempo, including a semi-acoustic ballad that (yes) works! But more on that later.

Dave Mustaine's voice has been the biggest criticism of Megadeth since the release of their first album. Luckily, however, he appears to have improved with age. Dave is no Whitney Houston, but he can actually carry a song in a passable manner- even in tune! However, fans of his old voice need not worry- he still has his trademark snarl and it shows up on the album more than once. Drummer Shawn Drover also does a good job behind the kit. He may not be the most exciting drummer out there right now, but he certainly gets the job done with a variety of beats and the occasional fill. Recently departed (kicked out) bassist James LoMenzo also does a competent job, although he rarely gets chances to show off his skill (as is the case in most thrash metal bands these da... well, ever).

The songs themselves are, for the most part, fantastic. "This Day We Fight!," "Head Crusher," and "How The Story Ends," are all superb thrash metal tracks reminiscent of Megadeth's old days, albeit with a more polished production job courtesy of Dave Mustaine and Andy Sneap. "44 Minutes" is one of the aforementioned mid-tempo songs on the album, and it works very well indeed. The chorus is probably the catchiest of the whole disc and it also features one of my favourite guitar solos on the album. "The Hardest Part Of Letting Go...Sealed With A Kiss" is the other slower song on the record. It begins with a lone acoustic guitar but is quickly joined by Mustaine singing (yes, actually singing) and an orchestral backing. This was a very brave move on the part of the band to attempt something so... big. It is a very emotional song, and even when it turns into an (albeit slightly slower-paced compared to the rest of the album) thrash metal track after about two minutes it still maintains the same emotion. I think Mustaine's voice works on this song- it makes the song feel more real than if it were some polished pop star singing it. That would feel artificial, but as it is, this feels real and actually passionate. One of my favourites off the whole album.

The downsides to Endgame are minimal. A couple of mediocre middle offerings come in "Bite The Hand" and "Bodies," but these are easily skipped if you do not care for them. Intro "Dialectic Chaos" feels a little unnecessary- the album could have easily just started with "This Day We Fight!" and no one would have made a second look. Finally, closer "The Right To Go Insane" feels a little generic, although it has features some great riffs, particularly in the chorus. Other things that could be improved on are making the bass playing more noticeable and reducing the number of guitar solos. I love a good guitar solo just like the next guy, but when you are constantly getting hammered with one or two per song for the entire album, it feels like a little much. No credit taken away from Broderick, however: he is a phenomenal guitarist.

Do I recommend Endgame? Yes, Megadeth fan or not, I think this album is worth checking out. It is their best album in years and a great return to form for the band. With their thirteenth album coming up, the only thing to ask now is: what's next?



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Lambda
March 1st 2010


2450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Great album. Comments appreciated, thanks!

Yazz_Flute
March 2nd 2010


18811 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm guilty of doing this in lots of my reviews but having a cheesy single phrase after the opening paragraph is kinda unnecessary on occasion. I would have tacked on "It surpasses it" to the end of the first paragraph, it just bothers me for some reason.

But good job on the review regardless, i'll pos. Album is excellent.

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ninjuice
March 2nd 2010


6760 Comments


I'd say what bodom said. I'll be seeing probably 1/3 of this live in two days but no one's told me what songs those should be yet.

Willie
Moderator
March 2nd 2010


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a great album and was definitely a huge surprise. I'm very curious to see if they continue along this path now that Junior is back.

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Willie
Moderator
March 2nd 2010


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Why can't they be taken seriously?

Willie
Moderator
March 2nd 2010


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't know about the songwriting, because I've always thought that thrash was at least 50% about the energy and feel - lyrics in thrash are almost always dumb and/or contrived.

Half the songs here start cool then drift off into mediocrity
It's funny that you say that because I felt the opposite. I thought that a lot of these songs started a bit slow but that they picked up as they went on.

Willie
Moderator
March 2nd 2010


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's definitely a lot more of a "calculated" sound on this album, but it didn't put me off and still felt energetic to me. Maybe I was just surprised by the quality because I'm not even really a fan of Megadeth. I'm a Rust in Peace fan (and this too, now).

Uranium
March 2nd 2010


7232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dont get how the songs can be uninspiring. Almost every song, if not every song follows a quick, technical recipe, but ultimately sounding different then the last. Plus the solo's make babies.

Lambda
March 2nd 2010


2450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

bodom I kind agree with you, I might switch to the end of the first paragraph.

I also don't see how you can dislike this album if you're a Megadeth fan. Aside from "44 Minutes" and "The Hardest Part Of Letting Go...Sealed With A Kiss," (which are both new directions for the band, that, in my opinion, work) this album is basically a return to form for Megadeth. Granted there are a couple of generic tracks, but most of the songs are stellar.

BallsToTheWall
March 2nd 2010


44624 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Dave is no Whitney Houston"

is that a good thing or a bad thing because well, Whitney Houston's a wasting bag of douche.

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Phrike
March 2nd 2010


1691 Comments


The Hardest Part of Letting Go...
Sealed with a Kiss
is an awful song. The rest is excellent

Lambda
March 2nd 2010


2450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@BallsToTheWall She had a great voice though.

@teddypicker Disagree, though I can see why some would think that

EasternLight
March 2nd 2010


2700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed. pos.

bloozclooz
March 2nd 2010


1770 Comments


"The songwriting and lyrical content is really uninspired. I've heard it 100 times before."

probably because these guys inspired those 100 other bands.

jybt
March 2nd 2010


345 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Lambda: The drummer is Shawn Drover. Glen was his brother, and he played on United Abominations.

Within just a brief period of time after listening to Endgame, I can't seem to justify its 5 rating...until I listen to it again.

BigHans
March 2nd 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dialectic Chaos is crushing. Good review, album owns hard.

Lambda
March 2nd 2010


2450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@EasternLight: Thanks!

@hybt: Thanks, mixed them up. :P Fixed.



bloozclooz
March 2nd 2010


1770 Comments


"then maybe they should try something different 20 years later"

would you suggest that Vader do the same thing? they've sounded the same for over 25 years

edit: i'm not trying to start an argument, i'm just trying to have an intelligent discussion, don't get pissed

Willie
Moderator
March 2nd 2010


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't agree at all. There are other options such as not giving up. They could continue to do their best out if respect for their fans that would prefer to listen to them over other "better" bands in the genre.

Willie
Moderator
March 2nd 2010


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The discussion is deteriorating here. When you listen to a band for multiple years you tend to gain a connection with them/their music. You deal with the good and the bad and there's nothing wrong with that.



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