Megadeth
Super Collider


2.0
poor

Review

by Thompson D. Gerhart STAFF
June 9th, 2013 | 309 replies


Release Date: 06/04/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The sound of complacency.

Post-Endgame Megadeth is, flat-out, a confusing mess. The 2009 album saw the band thrashing hard enough for our very own Trey Spencer to hail the album as "Rust in Peace Part 2" and it seemed that the addition of Chris Broderick was a match made in heaven. How could it not be? Chris is, unquestionably, one of the most technically talented guitarists in metal today. Frankly, if he wanted to be, he could be the most talented guitarist in whatever genre he wanted to be in. Yet 2011's Th1rt3en suffered long strokes of mediocrity between recycled and poorly reimagined songs. Somehow, though, the Megadeth faithful, with Endgame not too far off in the rear-view mirror, held out hope that this would only be a palate cleanser while the band worked on their next true opus.

Well, Super Collider is here and it's proof positive that our hopes were in vain. And when you look at the inconsistency of frontman Dave Mustaine in recent years, the fact that Super Collider is an inauthentic feeling mess begins to make sense. Dave's kicked out album after album from 1985's Killing Is My Business fueled by either personal hatred, political rage, or both. 2004's The System Has Failed and much of 2007's United Abominations were nothing but huge attacks on the Bush administration. "Peace Sells..." was released in 1986 during the Reagan administration and begged equality between dark magic thrash dirges. And now we have a born-again Christian who campaigns for Rick Santorum and writes the bizarre abortion ballad of "The Beginning of Sorrow?"

Sorry, Dave, I don't buy it. If this is the crap we're going to get from your current direction, you need to pledge your soul back to Satan and get back to voting Democratic right this minute.

Musically, Super Collider falters in its inability to deliver the kind of hooks and powerhouse solos we know Broderick and Mustaine can provide. Its best moments come in David Ellefson's bass grooves, which begin the album on a high note that quickly plummets into obscurity amid steeping piles of steaming "hard rock" mediocrity or worse. Admittedly, "Kingmaker" may be the album's most memorable track given its hallmark Megadeth choral shout of "I wanna be the king... kingmaker!" And, despite its horrible lyrics, "Don't Turn Your Back..." (continuing Mustaine's love affair with the ellipses) marks one of the album's few solid tunes, thrashing hard and delivering solos with punch and poignancy not seen anywhere else on the record.

As for the rest of the album? It's instantly forgettable. There's no reason to put yourself through the dull faux-aggression of "Built For War"'s insistence that war is what your fists are for, nor is there any rationale to listening to Dave Mustaine shout "burn baby burn" and moan about having "the fire" over and over again. Unless you're really into that kind of thing.

Truthfully, Super Collider is just a Megadeth album born of complacency and issued with only the faintest interest in remaining relevant. What ought to be a dream team making Globetrotter-style shots that amaze and astound are satisfied making the lamest layups with the occasional alley-oop. Is all hope lost for Megadeth? No, but a considerable amount of the future glory to be captured by this band rests squarely on the shoulders of Dave Mustaine and his ability to find the sort of inspiration that motivated his past thrash classics. And if you ask me, so long as he's content to be a part of the 1%, rather than a part of the 99% he used to represent, Megadeth is doomed to follow Metallica down the rabbit hole of obscurity in age and "maturity."



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Comments:Add a Comment 
AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2013


2005 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Would've reviewed it on release day, but life's kind of busy these days.

tl;dr Dave needs to worship Satan and vote Democratic again.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2013


10284 Comments


Cool review man, very respectfully done.

And I see a few things that may improve your review. There are some sentences that could use commas, that have a few too many words, and that have a bit of a confusing meaning. I can point out specifics if you'd like, but I won't be able to do it until tonight.

Acanthus
June 9th 2013


9543 Comments


Enjoyed reading this, never was a huge fan.

Digging: The Knife - Deep Cuts

Ecnalzen
June 9th 2013


6699 Comments


"Dave needs to worship Satan and vote Democratic again."

lol

Underflow
June 9th 2013


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I don't see what changing political views has to do with the quality of the music, regardless of its
impact on the lyrical content; it's really a non-issue. Regardless, you're right about the music being
dreadful, and it's a good review.

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

itchybutthole
June 9th 2013


2491 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

wow nice read congratz

ChopSuey
June 9th 2013


2392 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

wish I could say the same for this album

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2013


2005 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Cool review man, very respectfully done.

And I see a few things that may improve your review. There are some sentences that could use commas, that have a few too many words, and that have a bit of a confusing meaning. I can point out specifics if you'd like, but I won't be able to do it until tonight.


Feel free to facebook me stuff, dude (or post it here whenever, too, I don't really mind either way). I'm going out to a party in an hour and resume the normal work schedule tomorrow so I'll look at it when I can, I guess haha.

I don't see what changing political views has to do with the quality of the music

Dave is a complacent 1%er rather than a driven 99%er.
His herpderp conservatism is counter to the radical thrash he founded the entirety of Megadeth on. He's trying to carry on something with a spirit counter to his own beliefs. That's going to impact the music.

Thanks for the kind words, folks.

mindleviticus
June 9th 2013


8292 Comments


This review is awful. Who made you contributor for christ sakes


























































jokes

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2013


6202 Comments


Dave needs to worship Satan and vote Democratic again.

Amen to that

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RunOfTheMill
June 9th 2013


1503 Comments


Never was a fan of the band, but this sounds lol.

Great review. Last sentence speaks truth. Have an imaginary pos.

Jesuslaves
June 9th 2013


4658 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

i mean at least megadeth is still bothering to put shit out. metallica just put off their next album for another 2 years (at least) b/c they know it won't sell as much thanks to downloading, despite the fact that they're probably the richest metal band ever.

Underflow
June 10th 2013


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I never really paid any mind t the lyrics, but I understand how that could be bothersome to a lot of listeners. Thanks for the reply, and again, good review.

tempest--
June 10th 2013


13900 Comments


can someone flag this as the default
easily the best review of this album

dannyboy89
June 10th 2013


12031 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

BURN BABY BURN!
CAUSE IT FEELS SO GOOD!

oltnabrick
June 10th 2013


31093 Comments


reported


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feargm
June 11th 2013


323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review.

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wakeupdead
June 12th 2013


2208 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Musically, Super Collider falters in its inability to deliver the kind of hooks and powerhouse solos we know Broderick and Mustaine can provide."

This album contains plenty of great shred.

The last minute of Dance In The Rain is realllly fast, KIMB fast.

feargm
June 12th 2013


323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree.

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2013


2005 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

"This album contains plenty of great shred."

Shred doesn't equal hooks. There's lots and lots of shred, but it's incredibly forgettable.



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