Welcome back Dave.
If you are a Megadeth fan, and you ever trusted a review, trust this one. This is the heaviest and most p***-off album in Dave’s career.
If this is what a mid-life crisis does for your testosterone level, then I’m looking foreward to mine. It starts out with a short, instrumental rave-up, guitar leads flying at top speed, and then charges straight into “This day we fight”. A Fast to mid-tempo smoker. “Bite the hand” track 5 is absolutely vicious, as is “Headcrusher”, a kind-of a sequel to “Skin of my Teeth”. This album does something that neither Megadeth, or too many others have been able to accomplish lately, every song has a nasty bite to it, but the songwriting is there.
It sounds exectly like vintage thrash Megadeth, only heavier, via beefed-up modern production. It’s funny, but I never really thought of Megadeth as a thrash band. Their music was never really that fast, no “polka beats” as it were, and stylistically closer to Iron Maiden than Slayer, which was ok by me, but on Endgame, to me, they really sound like a thrash band…and one that will take some time to catch. If this is a trend for the band, getting heavier with age, I can’t wait until he’s 60. Oh heck, nevermind, that would make me….