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  • Metallica and Megadeth both did something similar in the early 90’s-they experimented with their sound. While Metallica truly sold out(I only like the hard songs on that album) and became mainstream rock, Megadeth experimented, but they were still metal. This CD sounds more like traditional heavy metal than thrash metal, but it’s still brilliant. This may not be the insanely complex speed-fest that was Rust in Peace or Peace Sells, but they are still technical(i’m really wearing this word out, aren’t I?), even if they reverted to a verse-chorus formula for some of the record. The band’s musicianship is top quality as always. Like i’ve said a thousand times before, there are plenty of nice riffs and solos on here, as well as a little more acoustic work than their previous releases. Highlights on this record include “Sweating Bullets”, “Skin O My Teeth”, and “Architechture of Agression”. While Metallica’s only good releases were the first 4, Megadeth’s whole catalog is worthy(though Risk may be an exception if you aren’t a purist like me.) Get this instead of the overrated black album.

    Posted on January 24, 2010