Album Reviews, Artists / Bands, Culture, Metal / Hard Rock — June 17, 2013 at 10:36 am

REVIEW: Megadeth – Super Collider

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Artist Name: Megadeth
Title Name: Super Collider
Label: Tradecraft/Universal
Reviewed by: Fabio Marraccini

One of the most interesting and controversial bands in the history of metal, Megadeth, certainly have their name carved in the stones of any decent metal head’s wall. Owner of an impressive long career and a massive back catalogue, they now reach their fourteenth studio album. Super Collider is by no means a surprise, as it follows the trail of their most recent albums: almost a ‘best of’ of their career, touching lightly their initial thrash metal phase, but focusing more on their hard rock and heavy metal oriented vibe of the past 22 years. There is even a bit of a novelty there, and a very pleasant homage at the end…

“Kingmaker” and “Super Collider” open the album and are the two singles so far. As mentioned before, no surprises: good riff-oriented sing-along songs, classic modern era Megadeth. “Built for War” is perhaps the stand out, as it is quite daunting, heavy and controversial, and that is some of the best elements this band still has to offer – now that their guitar shredding days lie more than 20 years in the past. “Off the Edge” comes next and offers perhaps the best riff in the whole album.

Another interesting tune is “Dance in the Rain”, that features David Draiman of Disturbed fame as guest vocalist, a quite interesting mix as he alternates vocal lines with David Mustaine. Sounds like a tribute to the past at some points – have a listen and see for yourself. While the album follows almost the same signature, with no major ups and downs, the closing track – an aptly executed version of Thin Lizzy‘s “Cold Sweat” – shows that even if their creativity might not be at its best, their taste for good music still is.

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