Review Summary: Atrocious, dull and devoid of creativity
Megadeth seemed to be back on track after making a solid return with United Abominations following a string of release that ranged from insipid (Risk) to just sub-par (The World Needs A Hero). UA showcased a solid return to form with a thrashing release that contained arguably one of their best tracks in Sleepwalker, and its follow-up Endgame was more than respectable. Unfortunately, the band showed that they have no staying power whatsoever when they put out their thirteenth studio album, but nobody could have predicted the lows they would sink to on 2013's Super Collider.
This is an album that gets off to a solid enough start with the furious Kingmaker, a track with some decent enough lyrics and a couple of hard-hitting riffs. Unfortunately, it is also a track that is stale and predictable, a phrase that you may well see again before the conclusion of this review. From here on out, however, things are destined to go only one place-down hill. The title track picks up where Kingmaker leaves off, with some awful slow rock riffing and an atrocious vocal performance. This is the sort of thing that would happen were Dave Mustaine in Bon Jovi, and it absolutely sucks. There is no need for a track such as this to ever see the light of day. Things never again hit the same low as the title track does as this song really is a vulgarity in itself, but the album rarely seems to rise in quality above stale riffs and awful performances from the rest of the band.
The third track, Burn, kicks off with a nice enough solo but does very little to keep the listener interested, which is really the gripe for much of this album. They are the sort of tracks that occasionally show off a little potential but completely kill off their own momentum with some of the most dull song decisions ever. If the first half wasn't enough to make you turn away from this album, then be prepared as the second half of this release is arguably worst and even more inconsistent. I could count the number of times my head bobbed in pleasure on the fingers of an amputee for this pile of garbage. Dave's vocals are renowned for being abysmal, but he really outdoes himself on some of these tracks, and the drumming is the radio-rock standard of just tapping away at a couple of pieces of a drum kit without any energy whatsoever. The soloing is one of the few saving graces here, which is at times fairly good, but it just does not do anything to really keep you wanting to listen to the rest of this release.
Super Collider by Megadeth is among the worst albums of 2013 so far. This is considerably worst than the previous whipping boy of their discography, Risk, and is something that everyone should stay well away from.