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A pointless excursion... - 34%

Snxke, November 28th, 2009

Well, well, we go again.

This record is a combination of Dave Mustaine and his legendary insecurity (why he would listen to Lars I don't know) combined with Marty and his need to explore "pop" music. The mythology behind it's creation is a pointless discussion though as the end result was neither good nor earth-shattering to anyone but the ever paranoid metal through that seems to believe that every band bored with it's concept is out to get them.

"Risk" is a risk in terms of Megadeth changing it's sound, but the end product sounds more like an exploration of classic rock ("Breadline" sounds like a throwaway track from the mid-1970's Alice Cooper band) with moment to moment electronic touches and prog-rock goofiness that goes nowhere fast. In comparison to Metallica's much debated "Load", this seems like a goofy jam session by a band with no clue what it is attempting to create, busting out classic rock and frat rock tracks that sound like they were rehearsing in a garage in some remote location over a few cheap domestics.

"Insomnia" provides a few interesting sonic bursts, but the rest of the record comes across with a lazy vibe that neither "rocks" nor "rolls" with it's classic-rock hints. Songs like "Ecstasy" (not much above your typical college-radio hit) or "Crush'em" (horrible pop-wash) would fail to engage a mainstream audience and would gain a reaction of bored eye-rolling that couldn't even bring the metal community to debate it like the aformentioned sister release "Load". Megadeth simply changed, produced a record that will most likely be forgotten instead of being seen a sign of change... I purchased the record for $2.99 in a bin, and this speaks volumes about the records impact.

After this non-event of a record, Dave proclaims a grand return to metal (unlike Metallica - nobody cared enough about this record to "leave" the throng or "hate" them) and went on to release fast, but generally secondary records - a trend that remains to this day.

Oh well.

(Also to note - the lowest point on this release is Mustaine letting out a Hetfield styled "yeah, yeah" on the song "Princes of Darkness" which makes a horrible song even worse for wear.)