Megadeth
Super Collider


2.5
average

Review

by quaker66 USER (3 Reviews)
June 5th, 2013 | 13 replies


Release Date: 06/04/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A decent, albeit forgettable and disappointing Megadeth release.

Lineup:

Dave Mustaine - vocals, rhythm guitar
Dave Ellefson - bass guitar, backing vocals
Chris Broderick - lead guitar
Shawn Drover - drums
+ David Draiman - vocals on "Dance In The Rain" and "Forget To Remember"

Produced by Johnny K.

Review:

Since its reunification, Megadeth has released several albums. Starting with 2004's The System Has Failed, things seemed really promising - TSHF was exactly what one could expect, with powerful, passionate music and superb musicians (including Chris Poland of early Megadeth and Vinnie Colaiuta). Three years later, United Abominations was released, an album which was somewhat disappointing for me except for a few songs, and two years after that Endgame, which was one of the best metal releases of that year and made many people believe the real Megadeth has come back.

In 2011, Thirteen was released. For many people, it was a disappointment, I think it was pretty good, even though it contained several bad songs, and when the new album was announced, I was really looking forward to it. And then it happened - the title track. I was thinking - is this really Megadeth? It sounded largely uninspired, with atrocious vocal work and simplistic instrumentals. And it's the title track, man - I started having a bad feeling about the album.

Later the second single was released, called Kingmaker. It was a lot better than the title track, but it still sounded utterly passionless and generic. I was wondering, what the whole album is like? Let's see.

Super Collider starts off with Kingmaker, a thrashy, but (as mentioned) largely uninspired and passionless track. It's fast and features some pretty nice instrumentals but it's pretty much "thrash on paper". I like the bass on this one, so far pretty good. This is followed by the title track, which is pretty bad, but passable. The main problem is in the verses - the vocal work is terrible and the lyrics are not any good (when you feeeeeeeel life is bringing you down, blahblahblah). By this point, I still had some hopes, and the beginning of Burn! seemed like it'd be pretty good - unfortunately what followed was one of the worst tracks on the album with a ***ty riff and bad lyrics (Burn baby burn, 'cause it feels so good! Burn baby burn, like I knew you would!). What the *** Dave?

By the end of Burn!, my hopes for the rest were pretty much gone. I was still going to listen to the rest, so what followed was Built For War, which is kinda good - but again, it "works on paper", and in reality it lacks bite - I just felt like it could do a lot better. Oh well. The next in line is Off The Edge, hands down the worst atrocity on the whole damn thing, with Dave yelling CRAZY! I'M GOING CRAZY! THE WORLD IS CRAZY! through most of the song. I facepalmed and moved on.

Dance In The Rain is good. Like, actually good - if the whole album was like this, I'd easily give it a 3.5. It starts off slow and by the end gets pretty intense - oh look, finally some progression! It also features some vocal work from Disturbed's David Draiman, who manages to sound really good here, even though I don't like his other work at all. With my hopes restored a bit, I brace myself and go on. Beginning Of Sorrow - another good one. I really like the verses, it sounds cool, the chorus is lame (Beginning of Sorrow... there will be no tomorrow... seriously Dave?), but overall it features some nice work throughout the song.

The Blackest Crow is pretty awesome. It's different from every other song on the album, features a banjo (!!) and its lyrics are not as crappy as the others. Forget To Remember is in my opinion the best one on the album. It sounds energic, melodic and the vocal delivery is nice. The song has a poppy feel to it and it sounds like it could fit nicely on United Abominations. It's catchy and has a nice chorus.

Don't Turn Your Back starts off fast and lame, with a generic double bass pattern by one of the most boring drummers I know and then slows down and gets pretty decent, save for the lyrics.

The album ends with a cover of Thin Lizzy's Cold Sweat. They did a pretty good job on that one and it closes the album pretty nicely.

Overall, the album is not bad, but it's worse than all the albums released since Megadeth's reunion (and arguably the worst Megadeth album yet, competing only with The World Needs A Hero) and leaves a bad aftertaste because of songs like Burn! and Off The Edge. And there are also the generic songs, which are listenable, but sound more like "Mehgadeth" than "Megadeth".

Pros:

- decent lead guitar work
- several good songs
- at least it's not completely ***ty like I expected after hearing Super Collider

Cons:

- it's ***ty enough in places
- the lyrics are bad and so is the vocal delivery in several places
- the album sounds passionless

Highlights are Dance In The Rain, Beginning Of Sorrow, The Blackest Crow and Forget To Remember.

By the way, I see a lot of people saying "this album is the worst since Risk, blah blah". Personally, I think Risk was a great album - if anything, it was some fun hard rock and contained many memorable and varied songs with lots of influences. And it had a bite, an identity, an idea - Super Collider mostly lacks all three.


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quaker66
June 5th 2013


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sputnikmusic censored the review, but you know :p

Pestiferous
June 5th 2013


1256 Comments


i was wondering when the 2-2.5 rev for this would show up for the day

TheNotrap
June 5th 2013


8070 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Better than the previous but still not good enough.


Digging: Lago - Tyranny

quaker66
June 5th 2013


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

IMHO it's a step down from the previous album

TheNotrap
June 5th 2013


8070 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The previous sucks damn hard.


quaker66
June 5th 2013


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It had a bunch of good songs, say, Public Enemy No. 1, Never Dead, New World Order, Fast Lane, Black Swan, Millenium Of The Blind, Deadly Nightshade, 13. And the rest is decent, exceptions being Whose Life (Is It Anyways?) and Guns, Drugs & Money. And the lyrics are terrible on most

quaker66
June 5th 2013


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

what's wrong with TSHF? TSHF was great, I think the best Megadeth album of the 00s

facupm
June 5th 2013


7686 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Album seems to be bland

MortalKombat
June 5th 2013


138 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Not bland, just horrible. St. Anger levels really

Titan
June 5th 2013


4884 Comments


'the album sounds passionless'

right on

LaughingSkull
June 10th 2013


217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"+ David Draiman - vocals on "Dance In The Rain" and "Forget To Remember""

reported for factual inaccuracy and uninformed opinionising

you haven't even listened to the album, man.

sixdegrees
June 10th 2013


17088 Comments


yeah cut it out with all the uninformed opinionising


Digging: School Food Punishment - Air Feel, Color Swim

quaker66
June 18th 2013


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

wut? http://www.last.fm/user/forever_mad/library/music/Megadeth/Super+Collider?sortOrder=desc&sortBy=plays&rangetype=overall



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