Review Summary: A HUGE Improvement
So, September 2009 marked the rebirth of Megadeth, and the return to their old ways. Kind of. The original kings of thrash, Megadeth, released classic albums such as Rust In Peace, Peace Sells But Who's Buying, and fantastic more commercial metal albums such as Countdown To Extinction and Youthanasia in the 1980's and 1990's, before falling off the map with the average Risk, and the poor The System Has Failed. After a mediocre attempt at making a comeback with United Abominations, Endgame hit, to huge critical acclaim. Does it live up to that acclaim? Let us look at the tracks and find out.
1. Dialectic Chaos-The first instrumental opening to an album since So Far So Good So What, this straight away displays the return to the thrash style, with ***ing riffs! Solo after solo from guitarists Dave Mustaine and new lead guitarist Chris Broderick, this sets the tone and the pace to the album right from the off, and displays Megadeth's ability to write an interesting instrumental. 4/5
2. This Day We Fight-The heaviest song they have done since Rust In Peace, this song is lightning fast, and ridiculously heavy. The lyrics to it refer to a huge battle, and they really do sound like they could be a speech made in some epic fantasy film such as The Lord Of The Rings. The riffs kick ass, as does the drumming and the multiple solos. The singing is standard for Dave. 5/5
3. 44 Minutes-This is a slower, more melodic number, that involves a softer, raspy style of singing from Dave, and it works a lot by slowing down. However, after the two that have come previous, this merely detracts from the pace of the album, and does not fit in amongst the heavier numbers. 3/5
4. 1,320-Dealing with the DEEP subject of... car racing... This song is another balls out thrash song, that pulls no punches, and is possibly the fastest song on the album other than Head Crusher. This song is one that i overlook out of the heavier songs, but i really shouldn't, as it has some great riff work and awesome vocals from Dave. 3.5/5
5. Bite The Hand-The lyrics to this make it what it is, despite just being Megadeth's usual social commentary. However, the music to it really isn't great, and Dave's vocals dissappoint. The solo is great, but other than that i really do not enjoy this too much. 3/5
6. Bodies-A frequantly bashed song off this album, i really like it, with Dave'e best singing on the album, and some really nice music. It is a slow song, like 44 Minutes, that works far better than that track, and is criminally underrated. 4/5
7. Endgame-The title track is another great thrash song, containing more amazing lyrics, and more great riff work. The tempo changes in this are the central point of the song, as it could not work without them. Once it gets going, this song kicks ass, and is one of my personal favourites from the album. 4.5/5
8. The Hardest Part Of letting Go... Sealed With A Kiss-A fairly progressive song, this could well become the centrepoint of Megadeth shows. It contains some of the most heartfelt lyrics the band has done since In My Darkest Hour, and some amazing musicianship to go alongside this, with Dave crooning into the microphone over the top. The semi-acoustic intro is as haunting as it gets... 5/5
9. Head Crushed-Hands down the heaviest song since Rust In Peace, the riff to this is lightning fast, but ultimately forgettable, and, as such, this song suffers greatly. However, Dave saves it, sounding incredibly pissed off, as though he is ready to stick YOU, the listener, into the head crusher. 4/5
10. How The Story Ends-A largely forgettable song, with just one saving grace. The chorus. It is so sing-a-long friendly that you cant help but enjoy this song. Congratulations Dave for saving yet another song. However, it is easily the worst on the album. 2/5
11. The Right To Go Insane-I am going to be honest, if this was six months ago, i would have gave this a 2 out of 5, possibly even less. I used to hate it, until i listened to the instrumental second half to it, and was blown away. The bass work is amazing, the guitar work is great, and the vocals are good. This is another masterpiece, now that i have changed my opinion, and is right up there as one of the best on the album. 4.5/5
So, in conclusion i would say this is definately worth a listen if you like Megadeth's back catalogue, or if you are just getting into it. This is for fans of Rust In Peace, but possibly not if you like The System Has Failed or United Abominations.