Megadeth
Th1rt3en


1.0
awful

Review

by LaughingSkull USER (32 Reviews)
November 1st, 2011 | 46 replies | 5,321 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Megadeth's worst album.

8 of 40 thought this review was well written

After Megadeth's somewhat promising "rebirth" in 2004, the band has been heading nowhere but down in terms of album quality. With every new album since The System Has Failed, the riffs have gotten weaker and weaker, the production has grown blander and blander, the guitar wankery -- more and more annoying, the lyrics -- lamer and lamer. Basically the only thing that stayed the same was the theme of political commentary. And man, what a boring theme this is, especially if you've been repeating it for the past two decades and more.

So what does this album have to offer? I'm an opponent of judging a book by its cover, but in Th1rt3en's case, so many signs were present right from the get go, hinting that this is going to be a major suck, that this time the "cover" is a very accurate depiction of what's on the inside. So let's see: Ridiculously uninspired album name? Check. Amateurish second-rate artwork? Half the songs already present in former releases' b-sides? Check. Record done hastily, and used to get out of the contract deal with Roadrunner? Check. And even a brief look at the generic song titles can tell you a lot... With so many blatant examples of how the band did not do this from the heart, how are we supposed to take this album seriously?

But let's abstract ourselves from these details, and judge this album as it is. Are the songs good? Well, depends on what you mean by "good". If you are expecting the smart musicianship and enlightening songwriting of Rust in Peace, you're not even close. If you're expecting the riff-madness of the band's first thrash offerings, you're even further. If you want to hear catchy songs dealing with varying topics, like we had them in Youthanasia and Cryptic Writings, then nope. Hell, even if you're looking for adventurousness, Risk-style, you ain't gonna find it.
What Th1rt3en sounds the most like is United Abominations and Endgame. As such, this album has all the faults of the other two, except that this time they've deepened even more. Give me one good riff in Th1rt3en? There are none, sorry. NO, DON'T GO LOOKING AND POINT ME A GOOD RIFF, THERE ARE NONE, OK? Even UA and Endgame occasionally had some of them. And the lyrics? Well, a twelve year-old can write more insightfully. And in the case of "Whose Life", even a nine year-old can write more mature. Also, won't these people learn to TURN THE DAMN LEVELS DOWN. The mixing is ***ing terrible, honestly. Everything's booming so much, you don't know what to follow. No accents, no grace, no thought, no nothing.

But what about the musicianship and compositions? Dave and Chris could always shred, right? Well, let me tell you how a typical song from this album sounds like: The songs are all formulaic, basing themselves around two or three riffs. There's no more than one minute of mute, tuneless singing (more like talking) combined per song, and the rest is filled with mindless repetitions of said riffs, and then even more mindless soloing. As far as I could tell, all solos were virtually the same, and all meaning was lost by the time the 237th of them arrived, hard-pressing me to start skipping heavily.

You know, one thing which I just can't understand about Dave Mustaine is, why the hell does he insist on keeping his music so heavily sociopolitical? If you take a look at Megadeth's earliest releases, songs like "Hangar 18", "Symphony of Destruction" and "Peace Sells", then hell, you'll see that the man has already said everything there is to say on the issue, and in a much more simple, honest, and mature way: The leaders of the modern world are gradually turning it into a crappier and crappier place to live in. Why delve into the boring specifics, why repeat yourself a hundred times? WE GOT IT THE FIRST TIME, AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. Now, it's just old and useless. And you, Megadeth, managed to personally make the world a tad crappier, by presenting us this incredibly ***ty album.

Are there any good parts? I, for once, really liked "Public Enemy No. 1" - great catchiness, fun lyrics, and some cool melodic soloing. Good one! Also, "Millenium of the Blind"'s acoustic passages actually manage to touch you! (though that's about the only merit of the song) "Sudden Death" is kinda, kinda OK. Everything else is pretty much discardable, and just filler material to get the song count up to 13. Man, what a stupid idea.



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JWT155
November 1st 2011



9211 Comments


Oh shiiiii...

RosaParks
November 1st 2011



14836 Comments


review sucks pre hard

LG
November 1st 2011



3049 Comments


Agree with everything this man said...pos

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2011



31050 Comments


Megadeth's worst album.


Risk

Digging: Marcel Dettmann - Fabric 77

RosaParks
November 1st 2011



14836 Comments


"NO, DON'T GO LOOKING AND POINT ME A GOOD RIFF, THERE ARE NONE, OK?"

That sentence alone is neg worthy. Can't even take the review seriously

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2011



16299 Comments


Haven't even listened to this but can guarantee this is neither a 1 nor is it Megadeth's worst album.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

ShadowRemains
November 1st 2011



20476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^

NeutralThunder12
November 1st 2011



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

well i mean dave mustaine is one of the worst lyricists of all time what else would you expect

Valerius
November 1st 2011



1137 Comments


This must be Mike Stagno's real feelings on his alt account.

TheNotrap
November 1st 2011



8029 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

"Megadeth's worst album"
probably...this, the world needs a hero and risk are Dave's worst works IMO

Digging: Savage Grace - Master Of Disguise

Restrikted
November 1st 2011



1889 Comments


i doubt this is even bad

GROK
November 1st 2011



127 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl-j_a5y5Go&feature=related

Andrewffcc
November 1st 2011



171 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

It's pretty bad actually.

anyways, neg

vanderb0b
November 1st 2011



3473 Comments


Didn't care much for the songs I've heard off this, aside from Sudden Death. A bit of a shame, really, since Endgame was a real big step in the right direction.

Toadstool
November 1st 2011



136 Comments


Review sucks. Album is at least a 3, Risk is MUCH worse than this. Neg neg neg neg

YetAnotherBrick
November 1st 2011



4405 Comments


Review actually isn't that bad. It gets a little ranty at some spots (seriously, get rid of all the caps and the exclamation marks), but other than that, it's actually pretty well-written. It gives several valid arguments that justify the rating.

Carnifex
November 1st 2011



1918 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album isn't bad at all, solid megadeth. Review comes off as a bad rant, have a neg.

YetAnotherBrick
November 1st 2011



4405 Comments


So people just forgot that the whole point of pos'ing and neg'ing reviews is to tell the review writer whether or not the review is WELL-WRITTEN, and not whether we agree with them or not? lol.

Carnifex
November 1st 2011



1918 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I didn't give the neg out because of his opinion, I gave the neg because the review comes off as an extended rant.

Give me one good riff in Th1rt3en? There are none, sorry. NO, DON'T GO LOOKING AND POINT ME A GOOD RIFF, THERE ARE NONE, OK? Even UA and Endgame occasionally had some of them. And the lyrics? Well, a twelve year-old can write more insightfully. And in the case of "Whose Life", even a nine year-old can write more mature.

Read this out loud and tell me it doesn't come out as ranting.

PastorOfMupp3ts
November 1st 2011



70 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lawlz



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