Megadeth
Super Collider


2.5
average

Review

by Jacob Russell USER (29 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2013 | 7 replies


Release Date: 06/04/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Turns out the pessimists were right for once.

Megadeth have been in a critical flop for quite a while. With some mediocre releases along with some damn good ones over the past 15 years, the bad seems to outweigh the good to most of the band's thrash fanbase. While I personally tend to alienate myself from that fanbase because I don't think Megadeth songs need to be faster than a coke-addicted cheetah farting rocket fuel to be good, "Super Collider" not only gets rid of the thrash, save for a few shining moments, they also get rid of a lot of the metal aspect in general in favor a softer, more hard rock feel that hardcore fans of Megadeth's 80's and early 90's endeavors will understandably be very disappointed by.

The opening track "Kingmaker" is probably the most classic sounding track on the album and is honestly the best track as well. It's got quite a bit of horsepower in it's engine and will whet the appetite of most thrash fans. While the vocal hook has been compared to Black Sabbath's "Children of the Grave", the chorus switches things to a more bouncy feel reminiscent of something off of "Countdown to Extinction". What follows is the infamous title track and, as many of you know, nobody likes this friggin' song, and for good reason. Dave simply holds notes for longer than his 51 year old vocal cords can handle. The riffs are extremely simplistic, the audible bass goes to waste, and this song starts a trend of bad lyricism that will continue throughout the duration of "Super Collider". If you need anymore proof of this, the chorus to "Burn!" starts with "Burn, baby. Burn!"

"Built for War" picks us back up with a more heavy beat that is pretty passable. Dave tries to sound more vicious on the chorus and in some ways, he succeeds. "Off the Edge" gives us another hard rock piece of mediocrity which has some of the weakest writing moments in the LP and perhaps the most boring Megadeth chorus in years.

"Dance in the Rain" is actually a stand out track despite it's flaws. Flaws such as a sudden, unexpected tempo change about a minute in as well as Dave showing his "Paranoid, republican grandpa" side with yet another mention of government spying. The first three and a half minutes aren't much, but after that, it picks up with a very "Rust in Peace" sounding segment featuring fantastic vocal work from Disturbed's David Draiman. It is absolutely wonderful. If this one segment was the entire song, it would be a must listen. Not to mention David actually manages to NOT make this sound like Disturbed, which honestly was the opposite of what I expected after hearing Device's debut, but I digress.

Now that that's over, let's get back to the mediocrity, shall we? "Beginning of Sorrow" delivers an extra-generic vocal hook along with terrible vocal effects in the chorus. "The Blackest Crow" proves that banjo and Megadeth should never cross paths. "Forget to Remember" honestly does not sound like a Megadeth song. It sounds like some weird combination of Disturbed and Escape the Fate and has to deal with whiney relationship issues. It just really doesn't belong. An odd choice was to end the album on a Thin Lizzy cover. "Cold Sweat" was done decently by Megadeth, but could have been sooooo much more if Dave added a bit more intensity to the chorus, but really, this entire album could due with a bit more intensity. If you want a good "Cold Sweat" cover, listen to Dublin Death Patrol's.

Megadeth has delivered again on a release that fails to meet fan expectations and continues to remove what they're known best for. While there are certainly some stand-out moments to be had here, it is not worth buying, and if you're a hardcore classic Megadeth fan, not even worth a listen.



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FiveLeavesLeft
June 3rd 2013


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

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FiveLeavesLeft
June 3rd 2013


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

fuck

TheSmashBro
June 3rd 2013


257 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Caution: This review was written by a shit-eating scumbag who thought Th1rt3en was a really really good album. You have been warned.

facupm
June 3rd 2013


8030 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

damn this must suck hard, never gonna hear it i promise

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Sapient.
June 3rd 2013


1109 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this band needs to ditch Johnny K as a producer

Mister Twister
June 3rd 2013


1672 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

2.5 is too high. This is wretched, apart from Kingmaker. That one is decent. Still, review is well-written.

TheSmashBro
June 3rd 2013


257 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't really think this is a two. I'm not puking at the sight of this album. I just shrugged while listening to it, knowing that they could be doing much MUCH better. Plus, Kingmaker and Draiman's part are good enough to give it a few extra points in my book.



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