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Review: Megadeth - Endgame

Label: Roadrunner Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 45:05
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: September 20, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating

Rated 4.24/5 (84.78%) (92 Votes)

Dave Mustaine and company are back with a new album following 2007's United Abominations and it is safe to say that it follows the same style as that one. Endgame is a consistent effort that is up to par with what the band has been doing during this decade – by that I mean Thrash Metal played by skilled musicians who know what they are doing. Now if you are looking for Rust in Peace part II, you'll be disappointed as this is a completely different band and era. However, this album has one thing in common with that one and that is the absolutely fantastic guitar playing. Sometimes I feel that this album was made specifically to show off their newest member, Chris Broderick. Nevertheless, that is ok because as result Mustaine steps up both at the guitar and the vocals and he sounds better than he has in ages.

The rest of the band takes a backseat to those two as James Lomenzo's bass is barely audible and Glen Drover's drums are good but not great. As far as the songs are concerned, there are a few of them that can be considered as soon-to-be classics, like the instrumental "Dialectic Chaos", "This Day We Fight" and "1,320". Lyrically there are no changes, as the band has thread in the political ground for quite some time. Andy Sneap's production is crystal clear you can hear every note perfectly.

Endgame could have been a great but it has a couple of flaws that bring the rating down. This is not an instantly gratifying album, it takes time to get used to and there are a couple of songs that are filler material, like the average "The Hardest Part of Letting Go… Sealed with a Kiss" and the disappointing closer "The Right to go Insane". However, the album gets better with each listen and it is perfect for guitar aficionados. If you have not been satisfied with the direction that Megadeth has taken up in recent years, you can avoid this album. For the rest of us it is a worthy pickup and an improvement over their previous records, just don't expect this to be the best album that this band has ever released.

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