Megadeth
Cryptic Writings


5.0
classic

Review

by Ian USER (107 Reviews)
December 1st, 2005 | 29 replies | 4,735 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


6 of 6 thought this review was well written

After school I’m walking home with friends Jason and Casey. Jason says, “Hey, I pre-ordered the new Slipknot shoes and should be getting them soon". I say “Damn Jase, your such a ‘Maggot’" and then Casey asks “Really, why are you into them so much"? After that Casey adds, “Heh, Devil worshipper" and then I say, “Hey Case, you’re the one our science teacher calls ‘the anti-Christ’, besides your even worse since all you do is praise Metallica all the time and say that the album, St. Anger, is a masterpiece". “Oh yeah, who would you choose over Ian, Metallica, or Slipknot"? My answer is, “Neither, I’d choose Megadeth." That’s when they both ask perplexed, “Why would you do that"? “Well, have you never listened to Cryptic Writings?"


“See, normally I don’t like to much thrash, but Cryptic Writings isn’t all thrash, if any at all really. It combines classic metal and punk influences with some stellar guitar work to make one hell of an album. All of the instruments have their moments in the sun, especially the guitar playing that is done by both Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman. Plus, more than just a couple songs on here are some more of the well known songs from the band. Such as the classic song Trust, which has a nice little drum beat to it at the beginning before a cool bass line comes rolling in for several seconds with a guitar heard in the background. The guitar lead played is killer and might be one of the more recognized licks from the year of 1997. The chorus where Dave sings ‘My body aches from mistakes, betrayed by lust. We lied to each other so much’ is catchy and is heard a couple times before the entire song comes to a halt, but then the instruments come back in and a stellar guitar solo is played for a bit before the chorus comes back in. Soon a second guitar solo is played in the background which closes out the song, making it the perfect opener to this superb album."

After that little spout out Casey says, “Well damn, that sounds pretty impressive, but is the rest of the album that good"? My answer is simply “Are you kidding me? Of course it is". “Huh, sounds interesting to say the least", says Casey and I respond, “Well, duh it is, but I should try to describe the overall sound to you instead of talking about just certain songs".


“First off, Dave Mustaine’s vocal work on the album is rather impressive and fits the music well To me with the best work done vocally is on the tracks Trust and Use The Man. At times his voice will be fast paced and have a punk feeling to it on the songs The Disintegrators and FFF. Both the guitars on the album have each fantastic parts on the whole album and there are quite a few fantastic leads and solos that are played. Te songs Trust, A Secret Place, and the punk rock song FFF are all good examples of that and the one song that truly standout on the guitar would have to be Vortex, that entire song is absolutely filled with perfect guitar work. The bass is played rather well on the album and stands out many times throughout the entire album with some very smooth bass lines that are actually quite original. The drums are good, but there isn’t anytime that they stand out or are even bad, they’re just there. However, I do quite enjoy the drumming on the last part of the song A Secret Place."


“The entire album overall is an obvious classic. Mainly because the album never gets tiresome or boring and there is an incredible amount of variety on the album. The guitar solos on this album all are unique and don’t ever feel out of place. Dave’s singing just adds to it all, his voice surprisingly is quite diverse on the record. So do you two begin to understand why I choose Megadeth over Slipknot and Metallica anyday"? “Well, I must say I’m going to have to borrow that album from you since you’re praising it so much". “No way Casey, this isn’t leaving my cd player for a month since it never gets repetitive".

Obviously for this review I’m giving the album a perfect rating of five out of five. I hope you all enjoyed my review and thought that it was helpful. Please leave comments about the album or the review. Thank you for your time.



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Storm In A Teacup
December 1st 2005



12712 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Another review in the bag. Leave yo comments foos. :cool:

I must say I really love this album to death, I hadn't listened to it for a couple months, but pulled it out three days ago and haven't stopped listening since.

Oh yeah, that story is actually true as well.

Jawaharal
December 1st 2005



1832 Comments


I
hate
Dave
Mustaine

Jawaharal
December 1st 2005



1832 Comments


Oh yeah, that story is actually true as well.

just like my husker du one.

Storm In A Teacup
December 1st 2005



12712 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I admit I remembered this story after I read your review, it happened last year when I was a freshman. I didn't actually put the real names of the two people though.

ocelot-05
December 1st 2005



807 Comments


Your opening paragraph didn't really do much, until you said "I'd choose Megadeth." I happen to think that Slipknot is way better than Megadeth. I don't even like Megadeth, I think they're terrible, tough-guy heavy metal.

Aakon_Keetreh
December 1st 2005



448 Comments


i didnt know they had punk influences

Shadows
Moderator
December 2nd 2005



2530 Comments


I dislike Megadeth. How un-metal of me, but whatever. Good review. The opening was a little hard to read, hahaha, but it was still a good review.

masada
December 2nd 2005



2733 Comments


Please, stop with the concept reviews.

Storm In A Teacup
December 2nd 2005



12712 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, that first paragraph was a little weird and I edited it god knows how many times. Thanks though.

To be honest, all the other Megadeth albums to me are actually quite mediocre to me. I'm not to much a fan of thrash. Also, towards Cheeto-t's comments about hating Dave Mustaine, I don't really like him either, when I see him on tv talking he seems like someone I can't trust. (pardon the pun)

masada
December 2nd 2005



2733 Comments


He rocks the red hair, so stop being a n00b.

:mad:

Storm In A Teacup
December 2nd 2005



12712 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

stfu


[quote=]i didnt know they had punk influences[/quote]

For this album they did.

Shadows
Moderator
December 2nd 2005



2530 Comments


All thrash has punk influences. That's what thrash is.

spoon_of_grimbo
December 2nd 2005



2240 Comments


dave mustaine > all of you

i agree with every point you made kripes, and i'd take my hat off to you if i were the kind of guy who wears hats while reading websites.

GROG!

Ace_of_Bass2112
December 2nd 2005



257 Comments


i like Megadeath every once in a while. Trust is a pretty groovy song and this is an equally good review.




Storm In A Teacup
December 2nd 2005



12712 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Ace of Bass and grimbo.

Dead_Trench
December 2nd 2005



159 Comments


Your friends have crappy taste in music, dump em.

Priestmetal
December 2nd 2005



542 Comments


I love Megadeth but this album is not very good because Megadeth strayed from what they did best to try something new and it didn't work out all that well IMO.

Storm In A Teacup
December 2nd 2005



12712 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=]Your friends have crappy taste in music, dump em.[/quote]

Already did long time ago. :lol:

Dethtrasher
December 5th 2005



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Megadeth is my alltime greatest metalband, because of their lyrics and music. This band kicks @$$ compared to those d*mn NU-Metal bands like System Of A Down, Deftones etc. (and other bands as well)

Great review but I think that you could remove the boring intro part, no offense.

Neoteric
December 14th 2005



3243 Comments



i didnt know they had punk influences

Thrash is influenced by 70's punk and British metal (Judas Priest, Motorhead)



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