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  • Its hard to get excited about an album when even the frontman of the band releasing the album isnt excited about it. This is the case with Risk. Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has said publicly and in interviews that Risk isnt Megadeth’s proudest moment, and that the producer of the album took it in a direction that Mustaine wasnt comfortable with.
    That being said, its not a suprise that Risk isnt what Megadeth fans have come to expect. The album is more “pop” centered and its a far cry from the metal Megadeth pioneered. If that wasnt enough to anger fans, a majority of this album seems to be filler.
    There are some highlights to this album however. “Crush ‘Em” is a great song to listen to on your way to or from a sporting event. Its infectious beat is perfect for getting you pumped up before the big game. “Breadline” is blatant pop music, obviously aimed at getting radio time, but that doesnt mean its a bad song. A serious message about the dangers of drug addiction is hidden under the catchy tune. “Insomnia” is my favorite on the album, and the only song I can really claim is pure Megadeth on the album.
    The bonus tracks added to this remastered version dont really add much to the album, but they are interesting to listen to a few times through. The main reason I would recommend this album is that Dave Mustaine went back and salvaged what he could of this album by remastering it. Gone are the techno effects that were slapped on top of numerous tracks. Mustaine strips the songs too their roots and rebuilds them to the best of his ability, making them listenable to most Megadeth fans.
    If you didnt like the original release of Risk, give this one a shot. It is better than the original and Dave’s comments inside the CD booklet are interesting, and shed some light on why Risk turned out the way it did. Just dont expect to find a metal masterpiece.

    Posted on February 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • UUGH!!!
    The start. Bad.
    The middle. Worse.
    The ending. Didn’t come fast enough.
    Nothing positive to say about this disc.
    If you’re even remotly interested in Megadeth. Rust in Peace or earlier.
    AVOID this one, it’s a musical turd.

    Posted on February 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Most metal fans will say that “Risk” was Megadeth’s worst album. Personally I disagree. I consider myself first and foremost a Megadeth fan, THEN a metal fan.

    Perhaps if you’re looking for the old fashioned Megadeth thrash music then Risk isn’t for you, but I have to say that this is one of Megadeth’s best albums.

    Most people will just say that the only good song on the album is “Crush ‘em.” That’sa great song, but not the only one.

    “Insomnia” is a perfect song to start off the album with, it may not be the same as “Loved to Deth” but it gets the job done. I’ve always considered “Prince of Darkness” to be kind of cheesy, but it’s a good song nonetheless.

    “Enter the Arena” in simply an intro to “Crush ‘em” which I won’t comment on b/c everyone else has.

    “Breadline” might be one of my favorite songs on the album. The haunting tones just struck a cord with me. “The Doctor’s Calling” is another great song, even for you metal-elitists out there. “Wanderlust” and “I’ll be There” are two hugely underrated songs (especially the former).

    “Ecstasy” is perhaps my second favorite song on the album, and “Seven” is awesome. Both “Time” songs are good, though I consider them to be some of the weaker songs on the album.

    I can understand how some people may not like this album, but it will always be one of my favorites.

    Posted on February 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Hi, this is my first review ever, and ironically the first for this title. When Dave Mustaine finished production on the album RISK, He would find that many of his original guitar parts had been replaced by producer Bud Prager from Bad Company. This upset Dave and many of the fans(including me). It was also lead guitarist Marty Friedman who wanted to take an alternative approach with the band.

    Most of the Techno/Disco effects from the tracks were taken out. This is evident when you hear the first track, Insomnia.

    Imsomnia- I never liked this song until I heard the remaster. I used to hate the techno effects. But some of its still there.

    8.5/10

    Prince of Darkness- Another track i never particulary cared for. But much better now for some reason. I still cant put my finger on it.

    8/10

    Enter The Arena- Nothing to review here. Just fans chanting “Crush, Crush!” An Intro to the next song.

    Crush Em- I always liked this better than that stupid Gary Glitter song. A great song for when your home team scores!

    9/10

    Breadline- The catchy chorus, the catchy solo by Dave. Plus a new cool intro. My Favorite On the Album!

    10/10

    The Doctor Is Calling- Probaly the heaviest track on the cd. Very Dark Riff just brings you in to this Metal Masterpeice.

    10/10

    Ill be There- Decent song. I never cared for the chorus. But cool nonetheless

    8/10

    Wanderlust- I like the mid eastern + wierd feel the album has. The Chorus is especially Catchy. I love it, always have.

    Ecstacy-Very cool acoustic guitar during the verses. Nothing like any of their other songs.

    9/10

    Seven- A pretty wierd riff in a very wierd song. I never listened to it much but its not bad.

    8/10

    Time: The beginning- An honest song here. Time catches up to all of us. Dave can’t be a 28 year old playing RIP Songs forever.

    10/10

    Time:The End- Very different to the beginning but its about the same thing, accept here the Reaper confronts him.

    9/10

    Overall the bonus tracks are pretty cool to. This is definatly different from the original. A must have!

    Posted on February 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • The “Risk” recording session went terribly wrong (nothing to do with the songs, they’re great). The original producer went on to do things his own way and used all the wrong parts and the album came out nothing like what the band had intended. I suppose that’s why it had such a negative impact, it sounded nothing like what Megadeth had done in the past. It had loads of interesting effects, instruments and even some electronic sequences. These ingredients made “Risk” a diverse, very rich album.
    This re-release was Mustaine’s chance to finally get it the way he wanted it. He got rid of all the bogus parts and reinstated the “proper” ones. But when you press play on the new version of the album and hear all the stuff that made this album interesting deleted… No more fiddles, no more tabla drums, very minimal electronic sequences, and so on… it is no longer a great album.
    But did Mustaine forget that the fact that he replaced some of Marty Friedman’s parts his own was one of the reasons why he quit the band? In this new mix he removed even more of Friedman’s parts like the intro to “Insomnia” which he was especially fond of…
    Conclusion: This was remixed to sound more Metal so it would appeal to all those who hated the original album… As a fan of the later, I don’t believe that an album, that was perfect to begin with, should have been altered just to suit all those music fachists who can’t accept changes. I love the original as it is, and not because it’s by Megadeth like most people would say. I hope you enjoy this “improved” version.

    Posted on February 6, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now