Megadeth
Risk


4.0
excellent

Review

by zagaron313 USER (1 Reviews)
June 18th, 2011 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The intent of Risk was to reach a more mainstream pop audience, and I can tell you in worked in spades for me. If you're feeling open-minded, despite your music tastes, give this one a listen; I fully believe there's something for everyone here.

The tricky thing about the Heavy Metal genre (and all of its many sub-genres), is that for bands who had found their musical niche and gained commercial success in the 1980's, the mid-to-late 1990's proved to be a taxing, uphill battle for these bands--it seemed that, the heavier the band's music, the less relevant it became as the 90's had rolled around.

Dave Mustaine, front-man and mastermind of Megadeth, had always held a grudge against Metallica after being cruelly booted from said band. To make matters worse, they gained success by mostly resting on the laurels of Mustaine's material, not long after his departure. Because of this, Megadeth had always striven to be heavier and faster than Metallica. With the dwindling metal scene of the 1990's, Mustaine was willing to, in his own words, "sell [his] soul to the devil" in order to reach the #1 spot for a Megadeth record. With Cryptic Writings showing a promising trend in terms of success, but not up to snuff to Dave Mustaine's liking, he was willing to completely abandon his own desires and instincts in favor of a mainstream sound: Thus, Risk was born.


The mistake listeners often make about Risk is that they are TOLD it's a "mainstream rock" album, or EXPECT a heavy metal album. But, in reality, what they get is an experimental stroke of brilliance that really exemplifies Dave Mustaine's writing capabilities beyond intense riffs and blistering solos; it really makes you think, listening to the song "Breadline" (track #5 on Risk), reflecting on the earliest of Megadeth's work, especially considering his range and ability vocally on Risk, given his incidental self-appointment of vocalist for the band born out of the surrendering words, "F*** it. I'll just sing."

My frustration and criticism with how the album is often described in sound is born from the very fact that nearly every track from Risk stands on its own--tracks like "Breadline", "The Doctor is Calling" and "Crush 'Em" stand alone in their style and really have no contemporaries. I've yet to hear any song by any band that sounds anything remotely like "Breadline". The chief exemption from this is "Wanderlust", which literally sounds like the lovechild of the songs "Wanted Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi, "The Chain" and "Gold Dust Woman" by Fleetwood Mac, although it is a good song in its own right.

One thing I've always loved about Megadeth, is the fact that no matter how heavy, the band's songs always maintain a level of melody, rhythm, and beat that stands on its own among mainstream pop acts... this coming from a non-metal listener (save for Megadeth, of course). These are attributes I've yet to find in any other metal band to date.

Perhaps the reason I love Risk rank it my favorite among their albums and consider the label "masterpiece" not too far off is because I'm a more pop-orientated music fan as opposed to the polar-opposite brutality of heavy metal. So, I guess all of you metal-head purists can start calling me names or something.


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ShadowRemains
June 18th 2011


21675 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

uhhhhh no

FearThyEvil
June 18th 2011


12784 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

uhhhhh no (2)

Parallels
June 18th 2011


6643 Comments


respect [2]

Asiatic667
June 18th 2011


4648 Comments


With Cryptic Writings showing a promising trend in terms of success, but not up to snuff to Dave Mustaine's liking


Cryptic writings is horse shit, the only exception being TRUST, which slays

Psychopathologist
June 18th 2011


1922 Comments


its not awful like many people think it is but yea this aint nowhere near a 3, let alone a 4.5

TheDriller
June 18th 2011


9 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's not a terrible record but certainly dosen't deserve that high a rating. Still, review itself is ok.

XulOnerom
June 18th 2011


1818 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It is enjoyable. Good review

barbwireboy2
June 18th 2011


19 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Nice try Dave Mustaine...

Psychopathologist
June 18th 2011


1922 Comments


yea well the world needs a hero is equally bad, if not worse

thumbcrusher
June 18th 2011


3607 Comments


this review is really good - much better than a lot of firsts, though i'd chop/ completely change the last paragraph.

pos

zagaron313
June 18th 2011


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"its not awful like many people think it is but yea this aint nowhere near a 3, let alone a 4.5"

"It's not a terrible record but certainly dosen't deserve that high a rating. Still, review itself is ok."

Forgive me for not giving a rating based on YOUR opinion of it, instead of mine. Silly me.

ZombicidalMan
June 18th 2011


2000 Comments


Opinions aside, I think looking just at the music presented on this (song structure and skill), it's not even close to a 4.5. Some bands can pull off songs like this and sound great, but Megadeth can't.

Still, solid review, and interesting to see pretty much an anti-opinion.

FenderUk
June 18th 2011


96 Comments


breadline hell yea

crush em is the worst megadeth song though probs

MO
June 18th 2011


19086 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

uhhhhh no [3]

Tormenthor
June 19th 2011


2 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Muito fraco

RosaParks
June 20th 2011


15056 Comments


Prince of Darkness is a really cool song



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