Megadeth
Cryptic Writings


3.0
good

Review

by ElectricFuneral9719 USER (43 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2013 | 21 replies | 776 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Warning Of What Was To Come

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'Cryptic Writings' is an odd album in the Megadeth discography for it being really inconsistent in its quality. You will find some of the worst Megadeth songs such as 'Almost Honest' and 'I'll Get Even', but also some of the best, such as 'Trust' and 'She-Wolf'. This is probably the the result of this being a transitional album bridging the gap between an accessible and awesome metal album ('Youthanasia') to a strange abomination ('Risk'). To support this, the album is almost cleanly divided between the good and the mediocre. The good would be side two and the mediocre would be side one.

The lone exception to this rule is the opener, 'Trust', which is Megadeth's equivalent of 'Enter Sandman (only better); its main riff has a great groove, the chorus is very catchy and has an interesting bridge. The rest of side one, though, doesn't fare too well as it finds Megadeth trying too hard to get a big hit. Its quite ironic that the more commercial the Megadeth albums became after 'Countdown To Extinction', the worse they sold. You'd think he'd have realised this at this point.

Side two, then, is a relief to fans of previous Megadeth albums, as it is far superior to the first side of the album, with the songs having much more to offer in terms of riffs, melodies and creativity. 'She-Wolf' deserves a mention for its combination of riffs that wouldn't have been out of place on 'Peace Sells.. But Who's Buying' and Dave Mustaine's more melodic vocal style than he had before 'Countdown To Extinction' resulting in one of the best Megadeth songs. For me, it would've made sense to take 'Breakpoint', 'Go To Hell' and '99 Ways To Die' and have them replace most of the songs on side one (but unfortunately, they were left on 'Hidden Treasures' rather than a real Megadeth album).

Even though Megadeth are still technically adequate on this album and it has good production, there seems to be a warning to something quite bad here, as the commercial nature of some of these songs is worrying. Sadly, the warning was apt, given that the appropriately-titled follow-up, 'Risk', was a complete failure and even if it did well commercially, it didn't stop Megadeth's declining sales numbers and it would also become known as Megadeth's first real dud in their discography.



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NeroCorleone80
July 23rd 2013



26830 Comments


A few really good songs here

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YoYoMancuso
July 23rd 2013



10104 Comments


awesome review. is this worth checking out if I'm currently going through their discog?

DominionMM1
July 23rd 2013



8803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it's worth a listen but i don't think you'll be impressed

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Judio!
July 23rd 2013



3081 Comments


I always thought "Trust" was an overrated song.

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ViperAces
July 23rd 2013



12357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not a bad song here, but nothing really that good either, except vortex which i love.
still worth getting but there are better records to get instead jack

YoYoMancuso
July 23rd 2013



10104 Comments


yeah i'm definitely getting their first six before anything

TrueBlood
July 23rd 2013



1388 Comments


grasp'd chipmunk testes exuding vocal patterns

TheSmashBro
July 23rd 2013



248 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"The lone exception to this rule is the opener, 'Trust', is Megadeth's equivalent of 'Enter Sandman (only better)"

I thought that was "Symphony of Destruction" considering it's hit-level was much more on the level of "Enter Sandman"

PumpBoffBag
July 23rd 2013



324 Comments


review's really good man, have a pos

Inveigh
July 23rd 2013



24180 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah the first 6 Megadeth albums are all better, along with UA and Endgame

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PsychicChris
July 24th 2013



194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Trust, The Disintegrators, and She-Wolf are pretty fucking awesome. Songs like Almost Honest and Vortex also have some fun moments. I always liked how this album is actually pretty thrashy compared to what Metallica was doing at the time.

manosg
July 24th 2013



4667 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I used to like this one a lot when it came out. It's not bad and it gets more hate than it deserves I think.

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ViperAces
July 24th 2013



12357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

note that i still like the album better than anything released after it

manosg
July 24th 2013



4667 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, me too with the exception of Endgame.

ViperAces
July 24th 2013



12357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

endgame is good but i think i prefer this. endgame has nothing on tracks like vortex and disintegrators

manosg
July 24th 2013



4667 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They're really close for me.

DominionMM1
July 24th 2013



8803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

UA > this

RosaParks
July 26th 2013



14592 Comments


"endgame has nothing on tracks like vortex and disintegrators"
headcrusher kills both of those

KILL
July 26th 2013



67023 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mastermind best riff ever

but yea endgame rapes this

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ViperAces
July 26th 2013



12357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

idk about headcrusher, overplayed that song SO much when i got into megadeth, i cant really like it anymore. that album is really close but this just edges it out



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