Album Review – Megadeth – Th1rt3en
Posted by Reggie
Biased review in 3…2…1. If there is one word to sum up one of metal’s legendary bands, Megadeth, I would select consistency. Other fitting terms are: Technical, heavy, fast, thrashing, understandable, or politically-incorrect. Megadeth’s lyrics are not sugar-coated for radio play, their guitar work leaves both aspiring and veteran guitarists in awe, and their live set is absolutely meticulous. All of those terms and attributes are consistent throughout Megadeth’s career.
Would Megadeth’s 13th album with 13 tracks aptly titled TH1RT3EN (Thirteen) pull new punches? No. In fact, the punch is in Megadeth’s consistency. It’s the kind of punch you would expect from Megadeth except it hits a little harder this time around. After a few spins, the predominant vibe I get from TH1RT3EN is the same sensation I get when I listen to Youthanasia or Cryptic Writings; both stellar albums in their own right. If you read any of Megadeth interviews up to this point, Dave Mustaine had mentioned that he/Megadeth resurrected some old material that was recorded or at least written during mid 1990’s ara. Obviously, there are new band members since then and some things have been reworked. Any long-time Megadeth fan should be able to mentally link TH1RT3EN to those delightful Youthanasia & Cryptic Writings days.
Let’s get to Megadeth’s strong point; the guitars. Megadeth is a guitar band and each time I pick up a new album, I look to hear their killer riffs and thorough guitar solos. Check! It’s all there. TH1RT3EN is on par with anything you might expect from Megadeth. This is NOT a derogatory comment at all. Right off the bat, you are presented with Sudden Death, a song designed around the guitars created for the videogame Guitar Hero. Public Enemy #1 commences with instantly recognizable Megadeth riffs. It may sound predictable, but consistency is how I view Megadeth; always hard-hitting, melodic, and heavy on guitars. The rest of the album doesn’t let up from there nor does it fall flat halfway through. All 13 tracks are actual songs; no filler!
After Megadeth released Rust in Peace, they set a lofty standard for the quality of metal they produce. Megadeth fans, including myself, expect to get a certain level of metal from Mustaine and Co. and hold them to it. TH1RT3EN is no exception; Megadeth nailed my expectations. If you listen to Megadeth’s discography, you will NOT see any great departure from their core sound. Even Risk is not that far of a stretch for the band. Just go back and listen to Countdown to Extinction, Cryptic Writings, or The World Needs A Hero. TH1RT3EN is consistent, not just the sound of the album, but with Megadeth’s career progression. The new Megadeth installment is the natural progression from Endgame. With Megadeth’s 13th album, you get exactly what you would expect; the continuous progression of grade “A” 5 out 5 metal. I raise my devil horns high!
Never Dead, my personal favorite on the album.