MEGADETH - ENDGAME
Metal To Infinity
it necessary to repeat the history of one of world’s biggest Thrash Metal
bands over and over again? No it isn’t! Is it a must to keep on comparing
Megadeth with Metallica? No, it is even ridiculous after all these years. No one
can deny Megadeth is a first class, even a mainstream Metal band, responsible
for several essential Metal albums. Every self respected Metal fanatic knows
Mustaine wrote himself to the top of the Metal scčne and he deserves to be
worshipped! He’s at the top since the early eighties and he never gave in!
the departure of Marty Friedman, so many years ago, was a big loss for the band
and Dave Mustaine never reached his goal to hook up with the quality of that
particular era. Would it be better with Chris Broderick, the virtuosi of Jag
Panzer? Let me already say it is and allow me to welcome you to a new page in
the book of Megadeth’s history! Hold your attention and witness this
historical part of Metal!
course I was disappointed when I read Chris left Jag Panzer.
Jag Panzer is one of my favorite bands and
Chris Broderick has always been one of my favorite guitar players. Same
counts for Glenn Drover but if I compare both I need to admit that Chris
Broderick is more technical, especially in his solos. Glenn Drover is a
fantastic guitar player, an extremely gifted song writer and he wrote incredible
Eidolon albums; consider them as pure masterpieces. Chris Broderick’s talent
on the other hand, after hearing this album, seems to be the missing link
Megadeth was searching for. And yes, I believe that link vanished after Marty
Friedman’s departure. For example; we haven’t heard an acoustic solo like we
hear in “How The Story Ends” for about twenty years! Breathtaking!
I consider “Endgame” as another new start for the band I really mean that
the ‘good old days’ seems to be back because of this album. If you consider
“Peace Sells…” and “So Good,
So Far, So
What” (both without Friedman)
, “Rust In Peace” and “Countdown
Extinction” (both with Friedman)
as essential albums you will adore this release because you will hear major
similarities with both eras. Megadeth never let me down but I can’t say every
album took me by the throat, as a matter of fact it was a long time ago I
enjoyed Megadeth this much… I saw the band a few months ago, as a support act
from Judas Priest and it was already clear back then how important Chris
Broderick might be for the band‘s future.
new songs are overwhelming, commanding, intelligent and technical as always.
What’s more is the fact that the production is so much stronger…stronger
than ever before. The reason is obvious; the use of more bass guitar produces a
much heavier sound. I don’t think the band has ever had a better production
than with this release. Andy Sneap did a fantastic job by adding a strong bass
guitar sound amongst both perfectly produced guitars. The result is a
‘refreshed’ yet typical Megadeth sound but more muscular, forceful and
robust than ever before. At least it makes the album explodes right into my
face! Megadeth still sounds dark and the mighty intros and samples are still
to Chris Broderick’s talent you will be astonished by the solos you will hear.
Dave Mustaine delivers his typical kind of ‘filthy and nasty’-yet technical-
guitar solos but no discussion Chris Broderick is the guitar master on this
release. Fast fingered, technical perfect, full of emotions, sharp as a razor,
shredding all over! Chris Broderick is the only guitar player in Megadeth’s
history that deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as Marty Friedman.
The duo Mustaine / Broderick fits perfectly with each other and this technical
kind of Thrash Metal is godlike! This duo is to me on the same level as Tipton/Downing,
Murray/Smith…if you know what I mean! If you’re out for some spectacular
guitar solos you won’t believe your ears!
track is foreseen with Mustain’s typical vocal lines; often dirty and mean.
Mustaine’s aggressive undertone in his timbre has always been a mark for the
band. No other band sounds like Megadeth because of it! So yes, eleven
masterpieces are waiting for you and thanks to all I’ve said before this album
became another genius product of Mustaine’s brilliant mastermind. Believe me
if I say this is the best Megadeth album in many years and even the semi-ballad
“The Hardest Part Of Letting Go…Sealed With A Kiss”, foreseen with
orchestral backgrounds, is a song that will shut your ears wide open!
Megadeth after all these years still need to
improve? Oh yes, especially when you hear and see the pleasure and intelligence
of this band anno 2009 you will decide Megadeth still didn’t show all of their
talents! Looking back to the entire history of the band this album probably ends
between the first five (maybe three) best Megadeth releases ever! Everybody says
Megadeth is a Thrash band but by this release they prove, once more, their style
is far beyond Thrash Metal! This is perfect Heavy Metal in general; this is how
Metal should sound!
still pity the fact Chris Broderick definitely left Jag Panzer but in return I
received a milestone in Metal’s history. So yes, I respect the path this God
has chosen! After all Jag Panzer isn’t dead and Megadeth might have written
the best album of 2009… can I expect more? Yes, I can because I don’t want
this release to be Megadeth’s ending game…
My Points: 98 / 100 (Review by Officer Nice)
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