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Megadeth - 2009 Endgame

ARTIST: Megadeth
ALBUM: Endgame
LABEL: Roadrunner
SERIAL: RR 78852
YEAR: 2009


LINEUP: Dave Mustaine - vocals, guitars * Chris Broderick - guitars * James Lomenzo - bass * Shawn Drover - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dialectic Chaos * 02 This Day We Fight! * 03 44 Minutes * 04 1,320 * 05 Bite The Hand That Feeds * 06 Bodies Left Behind * 07 Endgame * 08 The Hardest Part Of Letting Go.. Sealed With A Kiss * 09 Head Crusher * 10 How The Story Ends * 11 The Right To Go Insane



During the production of 'Endgame' there were reports coming out of Dave Mustaine's mouth that this was indeed the best album Megadeth had recorded since 1990's 'Rust In Peace', which really isn't such a lofty claim when you consider how appalling most of their albums have been in the last two decades. With a claim like that, one would have expected a veritable thrash onslaught, with technical wizardry and intensity galore. Well there are shades of that present, but once again the claims are false and this is yet another average Megadeth album, which isn't even as accomplished (or laughable) as 'Youthanasia' in my opinion. You can tell Mustaine is trying, but the inspiration and fire is long gone and although I hate to make the comparison, Metallica leave him and his band for dead.

The Songs
Mustaine attempts to evoke the spirit of 1988's 'So Far, So Good...So What?' with opening instrumental 'Dialectic Chaos' and it's dueling guitar solos, which lead into non-stop thrasher 'This Day We Fight', which is as fast as Megadeth have ever played, but somehow it seems token and forced. You can tell he is trying to capture the spirit of 1990, but it's over. Maybe it wouldn't have been if the man hadn't abandoned thrash in 1992. '44 Minutes' is a typical slower Megadeth track, reminiscent of their last two albums, rather monotonous and without real inspiration. This is where Megadeth collapse on every album. Guitar solos abound at every turn, but it's as if Mustaine feels he needs to include them to prove they can still pull the guitar heroics off. '1320' is Mustaine's umpteenth ode to high speed motor sports and the opening riffs have a late 80's feel, but melodically it's rather empty, with more speed of light guitar solos, this time the saviour. 'Bite the Hand's opening riff is identical to fluff 2004 thrasher 'Kick The Chair' and I get the feeling I've heard this a million times from this band. 'Bodies' has an obvious 'Countdown To Extinction' era sound, Mustaine once again shifting styles back and forth, not knowing where to concentrate his ideas. The title track is one of the longer tracks at six minutes and is attempt at an epic, leading from slow to galloping riffs and guitar duels galore, with Dave snarling like it's 1986, only now he's 48, rich and bloated and a pale imitation of the wildman of yesteryear. There's a metal ballad of sorts with 'The Hardest Part of Letting Go...Sealed With A Kiss', which is tepid and one to skip. 'Head Crusher' is another full-on thrasher, this time conjuring up the 'Peace Sells' era, only minus the melody. I never thought a Megadeth track with speed, riffs and more speed would be so fruitless and incompetent. 'How The Story Ends' is one would hope an ode to the end of Megadeth's career, but instead another routine piece of mid pace metal that will be forgotten as quickly as 'Risk' or 'The World Needs A Hero.' It would be easy to joke 'The Right To Go Insane' is myself after listening to this album, but it's at least the final track, with a poor chorus as Dave tells us 'I've got nothing left to I'll go insane.' Remember when this dude was hailed as thrash's premier songwriter? I'm having trouble myself.

In Summary
Who Mustaine thought he was fooling with his claims that this was going to be something special is laughable. After not having released anything truly brilliant since 1990 I don't know what made him or anyone think he could now. Comparing this to 'Rust In Peace' would be like comparing 'Nostradamus' to 'Stained Class'. You can sense his desperation in trying to recapture the elements of old Megadeth, but inevitably this is the same as anything the band has put out in recent years. Even Megadeth playing thrash again, which I dreamed of in younger years, is now a paltry exercise. Metallica make it sound convincing, mainly because the main nucleus of their band exists, unlike this group of hired guns pandering to Mustaine's whims.

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#1 | MUSCLE on September 07 2009 07:47:56
utter shite.....Grin
#2 | gdazegod on March 26 2010 05:54:50
Interesting to note that EG is an anti New World Order themed album. Give him his due, Dave Mustaine has always been into rebellion against the Government system and those Elitists were wish to enslave humanity.. so good on him from that angle.. Thumbs Up
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