Megadeth
Super Collider


3.5
great

Review

by PsychicChris USER (61 Reviews)
August 14th, 2013 | 32 replies


Release Date: 06/04/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While Super Collider will never be worse in the public eye than Risk, it does prove to be a pretty rocky listen.

It’s no secret that Super Collider is already becoming one of the most controversial releases in the Megadeth discography. While the band has certainly pulled off more, since the 90s, but this album is coming out right after they spent a good ten years reclaiming their thrash metal reputation. But while this album will never be worse in the public eye than Risk, it does prove to be a pretty rocky listen.

It is obvious that this album is different when compared to the last few efforts before it, but it’s hard to tell just how it is different. Unlike Risk or Cryptic Writings, there are no blatant sellouts or dance music experimentations. If anything, you could say that it is just a dumbed version of their signature melodic metal as the tempos are slower and the vocals return to a more prominent position.

Of course, these changes do lead to a somewhat disjointed band dynamic. While some training and honest effort led to fairly enjoyable vocals during their last commercial period, Dave Mustaine’s voice just sounds tired and almost bored in this day and age. Thankfully Chris Broderick gets some good leads in when he can and Shawn Drover’s drumming has its moments, but the limited writing means that the talent is more competent than it is impressive. That’s not even going into the banjo on “The Blackest Crow” or the David Draiman influence, though those elements aren’t as offensively prominent as one would think.

Speaking of which, the writing also feels like a mixed bag and seems to lack the hooks the band had gotten really good at putting together. “Burn!” and “Built For War” would’ve been bigger highlights with smoother transitions, “Dance In The Rain” and “Beginning Of Sorrow” have a few pacing issues, and the title track is the kind of hard rock song that makes one wonder why AC/DC couldn’t have gotten to use the title first…

Fortunately, there are still some good moments on here. The opening “Kingmaker” and “Don’t Turn Your Back” make for solid metal tracks as the former channels some Diamond Head influence and the latter features a particularly tight drum performance. The cover of Thin Lizzy’s “Cold Sweat” also makes for a decent closer and “Forget To Remember” actually has a few hooks in there though it could’ve been even better in the hands of a more melodic group.

While Super Collider certainly isn’t at the Lulu level of disaster, it is certainly the weakest Megadeth album since The World Needs A Hero. The best moments are when the band sticks to what they’ve been doing since United Abominations and even some of the other good ideas may have been better with other bands performing them. Seriously, doesn’t the title Super Collider sound like it should’ve been for the best AC/DC album in twenty years?

Current Highlights:
“Kingmaker”
“Built For War”
“Forget To Remember”
“Don’t Turn Your Back”
“Cold Sweat”

Originally published at http://psychicshorts.blogspot.com



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Friday13th
August 14th 2013


2560 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

According to sputnik this is worse than Risk.

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MrSirLordGentleman
August 14th 2013


4566 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

so many good albums with no reviews and this crap has already 9...

Underflow
August 14th 2013


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"According to sputnik this is worse than Risk. " Was going to post that as well.

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StallionMang
August 14th 2013


5834 Comments


Pretty negative review for a 3.5.

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Hoppoman
August 14th 2013


634 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Super Collider is being outsold by The Black Album. Case closed.

MO
August 14th 2013


18867 Comments


i still can't get how they went from endgame a couple years earlier to this shit

Hoppoman
August 14th 2013


634 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Someone needs to like shoot Mustaine's dog or something to get him riled up again.

TooLateToGoBack
August 14th 2013


1775 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

lol

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2013


1639 Comments


The tone of the review doesn't align with the score at all but this isn't poorly written.

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2013


6285 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Decent review, but it seems too harsh to warrant a 3.5 "great" rating. Also, you compare Super Collider to other albums far too often.

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DegausserGuernica24
August 14th 2013


1134 Comments


This > Risk

DegausserGuernica24
August 14th 2013


1134 Comments


Fuck, I'd even rec this over TWNAH.

XingKing
August 14th 2013


10866 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I wish I had never heard this album

demigod!
August 14th 2013


44727 Comments


i heard the lead single and it was abysmal. never gonna hear the rest.

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keyserfunk
August 14th 2013


288 Comments


My Lord would you people give it up already. Just because you want Megadeth to be "back" doesn't make it so. It is over. Sad so many long for the days of Endgame, which completely sucked. I'll go as far as Youthanasia.

Underflow
August 14th 2013


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Pretty sure most reasonable people just want good music.

XingKing
August 14th 2013


10866 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Pretty sure most reasonable people just want good music. [2]

Mister Twister
August 14th 2013


1678 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Pretty sure most reasonable people just want good music. [3]
Pretty sure most reasonable people just want good music. [4]
Pretty sure most reasonable people just want good music. [5]
Pretty sure most reasonable people just want good music. [6]
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Pretty sure most reasonable people just want good music. [10]

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2013


2005 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

You lost my well-written vote right around here: "While the band has certainly pulled off more, since the 90s, but this album is coming out right after they spent a good ten years reclaiming their thrash metal reputation."

Review reads like a 2.5. Album still sucks.

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CameoLover
August 15th 2013


415 Comments


this is worse than Risk



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