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  • Dave Mustaine and Megadeth only seem to get better with time! This album just SHREDS from beginning to end! Dave Mustaine(yet again) was able to find the BEST musicians for the new lineup. The drover brothers SHRED! Glen’s playing reminds me of Marty Friedman(listen to the title track). James Lomenzo(while not as good as Ellefson, of course) is able to give the band a nice edge with some catchy basslines. Getting back to Mustaine, his solos are as fantastic as ever! He only seems to get better with age! It’s tough to decide between Dave’s best lead on here since they’re all great in their own way. And if you Deth heads are worried about the riffs, don’t worry because the crunchy, brutal riffs from the Peace Sells days are BACK! That’s especially evident on “Play For Blood” and “Amerikhastan”. Okay, lets get on with the songs:

    1. Sleepwalker: This is, in my opinion, Megadeth’s best song in years! It starts off with a nice acoustic intro before going off into some shredding riffs. The lyrics are very cool! “No one is safe, when I close my eyes, I’ve come to take your life!” The solos in this song are wild and show that Glen Drover will be a great contributer for the band for many years to come(That’s if Dave keeps him. lol). You’ll know that Megadeth’s back to their thrashin’ roots after listening to this song. BRILLIANT! 10/10
    2. Washington Is Next: This song’s all about great GUITAR WORK. It starts off with a riff that reminds me of Megadeth’s 1990 epic “Hangar 18″. And for you people that keep saying that the opening riff for WA Is Next is a ripoff of Maiden’s “Wasted Years”, shut up already! Sorry, I just wanted to get that out of the way. Anyway, right after the opening riff, Shawn Drover does some excellent double bass drumming over some great Mustaine riffs. I love the chorus. You will find yourself singing along to it. This song also has a great solo section in the middle. The solos by Drover are some of the craziest Deth solos ever. The song ends with some solo fills and a feedback noise(for whatever reason). Excellent track! 10/10
    3. Never Walk Alone…A Call to Arms: This is a great track that starts off with a riff VERY similar to “Vortex” off of “Cryptic Writings”. Not to worry, though, since this is much better than that song. I love the riffs in the chorus. The song also has an EXCELLENT solo section in the middle with an outstanding clean interlude over some guitar harmonies(which I love). Outstanding track! 10/10
    4. United Abominations: UA is, in my opinion, the best track on the cd. It has some heavy, chugging riffs to go along with Mustaine talking about how the “UN is a done”. The obvious highlight of the song, though, is the melodic solo section in the middle. The solo is, in my view, the best on the entire record and one of the best in Megadeth history. It definitely goes back to the RIP days. Mustaine does some excellent shred solos and Drover shows, yet again, that he belongs in Megadeth. The final part of the solo(the best part?) is a twin guitar harmonization that reminds me of Iron Maiden. The best track on the cd(in my book). 13/10
    5. Gears of War: This song is named after the game “Gears of War”. It isn’t the best on the cd but it’s still excellent. It has some nice, heavy riffs and a melodic solo section in the end. It ends with a Dave Mustaine solo and helicopter noises. 10/10
    6. Blessed Are The Dead: Doesn’t stand out from all of the others but it’s still great. His some nice lyrics and some great solos at the end. 10/10
    7. Play For Blood: Remember when I said that some of the riffs on this album go back to the Peace Sells days? Well, the riffs on this song definitely do. This song has, by far, Megadeth’s most complex riffs since the RIP days. If there’s one thing that stands out from all the rest in this song, though, it’s the GUITAR SOLOS! Pardon me if I’m wrong but this song has over 10 SOLOS! Each one of them is better than the last. After listening to this song, you would think that Mustaine and Glen Drover have been working with each other for over 20 years. Stunning track! 12/10
    8. A Toute Le Monde(Set Me Free): By far the worst track on the cd and it’s not too hard to see why. Mustaine did a REMAKE of his already classic song from 1994’s “Youthanasia”. What was he thinking? The chick in this song adds some nice vocals and Drover does a great interpretation of the solo in the middle(Marty still owns it, though) but that doesn’t save this song. 8/10
    9. Amerikhastan: WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE NOT LIKE THIS SONG? This track could’ve EASILY been on Peace Sells. In fact, this is Megadeth’s heaviest song since those days(in my opinion). It simply SHREDS with scorchin’ solos from both Mustaine and Drover. Mustaine again shows why he’s the metal GOD! He’s still shreddin’ like a madman at age 46. Mustaine delivers probably his best solo on the album in the middle of the song(it’s the tapped solo). The ending of the song is Megadeth’s heaviest moment since the Peace Sells days! Scorching song! This is, by far, the most underrated track on the cd. 12/10
    10. You’re Dead: I don’t know who came up with the idea of this song because it’s very odd. It absolutely rocks, though, with some SHREDDISTIC solos toward the end. VERY HEAVY both lyrically and musically. Eventhough I’m not a big fan of Slayer, this song definitely reminds me of them. 10/10
    11. Burnt Ice: This is a PERFECT closer to the album! It starts off with Mustaine doing a very odd tapping lick before going into a section with some solo fills. All of the solos in this song are Hangar 18-like. The riff towards the end leading up to the final solos also could’ve easily been on Hangar 18. Speaking of solos, Dave Mustaine shows us why he’s the GOD of metal! His solo at the end shreds, rips, tears, and brutalizes everything in its path! A perfect closer to a superb album! 10/10

    There you have it! This is(for my money) the album of the year for 2007!!! Hey Metallica, you should go pick this album up and learn something! Maybe you should learn about how to write songs! Hey Lars, here are some more trashcan drums to keep you going. Metallica’s producer to Kirk “I’m gay” Hammet: “Hey Kirk, I have a great idea!” Kirk: “What?” Metallica’s producer to Kirk: “How about you tune your guitar all the way down. Lets make something pop sounding.” Kirk: “Great idea! You’re a genious!” HAHAHA! Metallica can only dream of making an album like this! METALLICA SUCKS! MEGADETH ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on November 12, 2009