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  • The past few Megadeth discs have never hit me right away, and this one’s no exception. At first listen it did nothing for me, but after a few more spins I have to say it’s quite good. People fearing a repeat of ‘Risk’ have nothing to worry about (and personally, I thought it was cool that they took the chances they did on that album — it may not have been their best, but there was some cool stuff on there, IMHO). This CD is a lot heavier, though still not as heavy as ‘Rust In Peace’ (and the band has yet to release an album as consistent as that one). ‘1000 Times Goodbye’, ‘Losing My Senses’, ‘Return To Hangar’, and ‘Moto Psycho’ are standout cuts (‘Moto Psycho’ lacks the slow part at the end that the single featured — I like the album version better, but that’s just me.) New guitarist Al Pitrelli (formerly of Alice Cooper and Widowmaker among others) performs above and beyond in his premier outing with Megadeth (no surprises here), and the rest of the band is in top shape as well. The disc is strong lyrically and musically.Bottom line: I’d recommend this one to old and new Megadeth fans alike, as well as to fans of the genre in general.

    Posted on January 20, 2010