Megadeth
Endgame


3.0
good

Review

by LaughingSkull USER (33 Reviews)
December 27th, 2013 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not that great

When Endgame came out in 2009, it was seen by many as a return to the band's former glory. However, for all the hype surrounding this release, I really don't see what makes it so special and outstanding.

The album opens promisingly enough with instrumental Dialectic Chaos. Featuring great melodies and the trademark solo tradeoff between Mustaine and Broderick, the song is a great way to open the album, and reminds me a little of So Far, So Good... which likewise opened with a similar instrumental. The second song however, This Day We Fight is nothing special. A lot of people praise this song because of its thrashiness that supposedly harkens back to glorious days of old. However, the song sounds very forced to me. I don't see it as a natural product, but as a rather contrived one. It's like Dave Mustaine said to himself "Hey, let's make a really fast and heavy song to prove that we can still play thrash." Even though the riffs are fast and technical enough, the song simply lacks proper dynamics and accents to make it really thrashing like let's say Take no Prisoners off Rust in Peace does. Besides, the solos are not especially noteworthy.

The third song is 44 Minutes and it is a quite interesting one, as it is a very melodic and catchy piece. This song's formula is definitely successful, including the radio transmission recordings that are present in its opening. The lyrics however are a bit cheesy and dumb: "Getting schooled until they shot Achiles' heel / and brought down the beast". Meh. Then comes 1,320 which is also a very catchy number, but in contrast to the previous song, it takes a more speed metal approach. However, the lyrics are again boring. Do we really care about drag racing? Come on... that's really un-metal. Bite the Hand is the album's weakest song. Nothing really interesting going on here. However, the song that follows it, Bodies is a really underrated song and one of the album's high points. It is somewhat midpaced and unimpressive at first, but then segues into a pretty cool harmonised melodic part 2:17 in. And then comes a culminating thrash finish, with what I consider as Mustaine's best solo on the entire album (2:53).

The title track is again pretty good, being very varied by changing pace and riffs several times. I like how it changes from gloomy to thrashy to a more classic heavy metal finish. Definitely one of the album's stronger numbers. Following it is The Hardest Part of Letting Go... and it's perhaps the most unusual track on here. I like it, it's definitely not bad. Pretty creepy, but adds some variety to the album. Head Crusher is everyone's favorite and it is not hard to see why. Opening with a blistering solo, it then proceeds to be an utter thrashfest with fittingly gory lyrics. Arguably the best song on here, however, is How the Story Ends. It features very effective and hard-hitting riffage, with fittingly ominous lyrics and the best solo on the entire album. Chris Broderick is seen by many as overly technical and lacking emotion, but on here he balances very well between technicality and memorable playing. Closer The Right to go Insane is alright, I guess. Even though the lyrics are a bit lame, the chorus riff is pretty good, and so is Dave's ending solo.

By now you've probably noticed how I've described most of the songs simply as "alright" or "pretty good". Not "excellent" and "amazing". I think the album's biggest problem is that there isn't a single song on it that really stands out and makes you go "Wow!". United Abominations had such a song in the face of Washington is Next!. The System Has Failed had such a song in the face of Kick the Chair and Blackmail the Universe. Hell, even Super Collider had such songs in the face of Kingmaker and Dance in the Rain. But Endgame, simply put, does not have such a song, around which the record can be centered, and the album suffers for that.

Another big problem is the production. Now, I can forgive the almost inaudibility of the bass, as it is quite frequent nowadays. The problem here is that the band went for a wall-of-sound approach in the production, which, although effective at times, does not work on a record that tries to thrash. Thrash metal requires careful stop-start interplay between the guitar and drums, with clear and distinct accentuation that helps build dynamics. This is not present here, and often the vocals and guitars are too-blended and indistinct to make an impression.

Overall Endgame is an alright record with some strong points, but lacking a strong center that would have helped it live up to the hype.

Recommended tracks:
-How the Story Ends
-44 Minutes
-The Hardest Part of Letting Go
-Endgame
-Bodies




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zaruyache
December 26th 2013


6933 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not that great

Nail, meet hammer. Pos'd.

Digging: Ardour Loom - Demo

Mister Twister
December 26th 2013


1683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

youre right, supper collider is way better than this

Anyways, pretty much everything this review says is "X song is pretty good" over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over anvoe cdnao voer and over and over and voer anvoe do andfo ver and voer ando voer andov e

dannyboy89
December 26th 2013


12060 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Review is well written, though it feels like a tbt.

Necrotica
December 26th 2013


9850 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

meh

dannyboy89
December 26th 2013


12060 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Not a fan of this album Necro?

Necrotica
December 26th 2013


9850 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Tbh, I haven't really liked much of Megadeth's new stuff. It sounds to me like they're either playing it safe by rehashing old glories (like with this album) or just being boring (like with Super Collider)

Necrotica
December 26th 2013


9850 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Just my opinion, of course

dannyboy89
December 27th 2013


12060 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Fair enough, I might go on a 'Deth spree soon. As in revisit their discog.

Necrotica
December 27th 2013


9850 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I've recently purchased Killing is My Business, and I love it. The rawness and speed are so addicting,
especially since Megadeth eventually became possibly the slowest band out of the Big 4 in terms of
thrash releases. Obviously the experimental era of each band wouldn't be included in that comparison.
Also, despite how much I like Kill 'Em All, I actually like Mechanix more than Four Horsemen now

tempest--
December 27th 2013


13944 Comments


dude!
Four horsemen kills mechanix hard
Lyrics are about a billion times better and the slower section in the middle is so fuckin good

Necrotica
December 27th 2013


9850 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Four Horsemen is still really good, and I like how Metallica's first attempt at an epic was so damn good

tempest--
December 27th 2013


13944 Comments


Yea both great songs, it's just the middle section like damn hetfield's song writing was sooo much better than mustaine's

emprorzurg
December 27th 2013


522 Comments


plus Mustaine put some of the most stupid lyrics ever down for his version

tempest--
December 27th 2013


13944 Comments


Well those were the orig lyrics, from the power metal demo

emprorzurg
December 27th 2013


522 Comments


Oh yeah, I forgot.....still ridiculous lyrics

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
December 27th 2013


6296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Album has grown off of me a lot lately I've noticed.

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LaughingSkull
December 27th 2013


221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Anyways, pretty much everything this review says is "X song is pretty good" over and over


That's my whole point. I argue that most of the songs are merely "alright", not really "excellent" or "outstanding".

Betray
December 27th 2013


3630 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

While I don't agree with this album being just "alright", or Super Collider being better, your
review was very well-written with good points to back up your claims.

Although, 4 years later, the album doesn't have the same charm as it did to me in '09.

Still one of my favorite Megadeth releases though.

Pos'd.

Digging: Between the Buried and Me - Between the Buried and Me

KILL
December 27th 2013


71965 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

dude this rules

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

jybt
December 27th 2013


345 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I found the bass to be clearly audible almost all the time. However, the loud mastering is still frustrating indeed.



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