A number of established bands have taken a more political stance than ever before the past couple years, and Megadeth is no different. Since Dave Mustaine re-formed the band (with a new lineup yet again), he’s back on track and looking back to the glory days of 80’s thrash metal that he helped pioneer. “United Abominations” is just that, as Megadeth makes their debut on Roadrunner Records with this raw sounding, politically laced treat that may very well be the album of the year. Opening track “Sleepwalker” slams forward with Mustaine’s scratchy voice and ripping guitars, while “Washington is Next!”, “Never Walk Alone…A Call to Arms”, “Play for Blood”, and the title track are all excellent metal blasts as well. What longtime fans of the band will notice right off the bat however is a remake of Megadeth’s mid-90’s hit single, “A Tout Le Monde”. Here, we get “A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)” which is a faster, more driven version of the song, and it also features Lacuna Coil’s Cristina Scabbia on vocals as well. This is Megadeth at their most raw and primitive sounding since “Peace Sells…”, which in itself is really saying something. Undoubtedly the best metal album of the year so far, “United Abominations” is a metal masterpiece.