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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2011
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This is the best musical surprise I have witnessed in the past 5 years. The album is a cross between the old Megadeth feel with a modern polished sound, which forms a perfect mesh. For full disclosure, I don't think there are any bad Megadeth albums out there, but in the post Youthanasia era there has been a clear drop in the level of authentic Mustaine emotion. The whole album has this perfect rolling sound without any breaks or low points. It is rare that I like an album on the first attempt, but this has been the case here. If you are a weathered Deth enthusiast, you obviously need to hear the final versions of New World Order and Millenium of the Blind. If you are interested in the best of what's new, I'd recommend Black Swan and Sudden Death. I can't wait for my next road trip...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2011
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Megadeth's Th1rt3en is fantastic in all areas. It rivals 2011 releases such as Anthrax's "Worship Music" and Five Finger Death Punch's "American Capitalist." Dave Mustaine is on top of his game throughout the record and his lyrical content is better than ever. Some of his lyrics really hit home considering the current state of the American psyche. If you are a Megadeth fan, you will enjoy this. If you are a hard rock/metal fan or a newer fan of Megadeth you will definitely enjoy this latest record! Highly recommend!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2011
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First things first I'm really sick of people who review ablums after listening to them once or twice. Judging an album after one or two listens is just not a valued opinion from my stand point. That being said for those who rated this ablum poorly. My first couple listens where not bliss to my ears. I too thought what is this ??? but its funny. Just like ENDGAME or any other metal album that is fast paced you can't just soak it all in with a couple listens. I found myself skipping between tracks at first. But after I gave it about 20-30 listens which is my standard to review an album this album not only beats ENGAME but it just may be in their top 3 albums ever !! Behind.......... well you already know.

As for the idea of completing demos to add to perhaps get the track total up to Thirteen to correspond with the title I read into the reviews. I thought well thats not cool at all they need to finish demos to add to the album. However I do own the YOUTHANASIA but I never dug into those demos becuase I was not a big fan of that particular album (sorry fellow Deth heads). But after listening to the new finished songs they stand out as some of the best on the album I also went back and listened to the demos to compare and contrast. The demos of course sounded a bit more raw on the guitar which was a grimmier sound but the finished tracks compositions far exceed the demos.

1. SUDDEN DEATH _______ Well I have never played the guitar hero game with this song on it. It sounds as though they tried to make it a tough song with all of the solos. This is a slightly above average song not their best opening song but still good nontheless.

2. PUBLIC ENEMY NO.1 ________ Very radio friendly nice fast pace with blistering solos to enter the track sounds like it would belong as one of the better songs off ENDGAME.

3. WHO'S LIFE (IS IT ANYWAYS?)___________ Dave's got a different temp to his voice on this track it comes off as sounding like his earlier work perhaps a bit immature like something off of SFSGSW which with the lyrics match perfectly, one of my personal favorites. Dave's basically asking his cridicts to get off his A$$

4. WE THE PEOPLE ________ Might be my favorite off the album, nice military drum in the begining, this is what makes Megadeth top notch they have the gonads to say what we all think about our country "In greed we trust", "Our founding fathers are rolling in their graves, the land of liberty needs a regime change" I mean C'mon if you cant dig those lycs then go listen to some meaningless dribble Lacuna Coil or some crap like that.

5. GUNS, DRUGS & MONEY _______ Some sort of story about ... well you guessed it guns drugs and money in mexico the ending has some nice little mexican music which sounds kinda cool too add. This song took a little to get use to but is quite nice now.

6. NEVER DEAD ___________ A lot of people dig this track and there's good reason to the intro is a nice slow paced drum and erie guitar distortion which then picks up into unleashing pure evilish hell of guitar riffs coming right at you. The riff sounds a bit recylced from ENDGAME's "This day we fight" but other than that the two songs are def. different in their own senses.

7. NEW WORLD ORDER ____________ One of the completed demos off of the remastered YOUTHANASIA this was one of the songs that I liked from the get go. Nice back up Vocals sounds almost like some early Overkill.

8. FAST LANE ______________ Well some people stated they are sick of hearing about Dave wanting to go fast... I agreed to a bit until I heard this song a bit more. The lyrics can be a bit tacky but again this is what gives the late 80's early 90's feel to this song. It is well..... very fast paced, its a great song to drive to, it reminds me of 502 a lot more than ENDGAMES 1,320 did.

9. BLACK SWAN ____________ Another favorite this was I believe tied with UNITED ABOMINATIONS album in some way or another I never heard it before this album however the opening is a blistering solo a la KILLING IS MY BUSINESS.... This song WILL get stuck in your head gaurenteed.

10. WRECKER __________ Some say there may be some lyrical ties to things other than the direct lyrics themselves however this is the only song that I sometimes skip. It just doesn't really do it for me but 12/13 isn't bad.

11. MILLINNIUM OF THE BLIND ____________ the introduction differs a lot from the demo. Where as the demo intro is now at the end of this track. Again this is one of the strong songs off the album. It sounds almost like a Megadeth anthem. The guitar work off this track is pure bliss.

12. DEADLY NIGHTSHADE ___________ The only track the Ellefson really shines on this is another fan favorite already and may be used during touring to give Ellefson some shine time. There is a brief bass solo section a la "Peace Sells" but obviously not a strong a song or strong a bass groove.

13. 13____________________ A nice erie sound to this track sounds like it could have been off COUNTDOWN... One of the best songs off this album.

For those discussing the album artwork and cover ! Vic with his back turned on the cover ? His funeral and death inside the insert pages ? What does it all mean you ask ? Some say that this is the end of Megadeth but a note this was their last album under their Road Runner contract. If anything this is Vic and Megadeth saying goodbye to Road Runner haha.
This is one of the Megadeth albums that you should defeintly not skip. It just may be in their top 3 being very close to Peace Sells and SFSGSW. Well I can at least say it is on par with those albums at the very least.
If you are new to Megadeth or good metal this would not be a bad album to start with but I would'nt recommend to start with it. However if you are looking for post YOUTHANASIA albums this is the cream of the crop. I never thought after listening to it during early listens it could touch ENDGAME but it pulls slightly ahead of ENDGAME in the END.

Thank you and Cheers everyone
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2011
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All the haters can kiss my ass.I think this is a great album.I dont want another Peace sells or Rust in peace.Part of the thrill and enjoyment of being a fan is seeing what direction a band will go.Stop comparing every new album with an old one.Enjoy the new material and be thankful there are still a few bands that have been around for over 20 years that still put in the effort and have a passion for what they do.Megadeth,Iron Maiden,AC/DC,Anthrax,Metallica-i have never felt cheated on any album they've made.Personally,i can't stand most of the crap being put out by the newer groups and I hate to think of the future of music when the older bands finally call it a career.
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44 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2011
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I've been a hardcore Megadeth fan for two decades now and being a singer/lyricist/guitarist have been greatly influenced by them and tend to dissect each album differently than everyone else I know. That being said, I knew not to expect "Endgame 2", but this truly surprised me. Dave scaled the leads on this album WAAAAY back, choosing instead to focus on the rhythm primarily, then riffs, which in and of itself wouldn't be so bad if most of it didn't sound like he was blatantly ripping himself off. Doesn't help that Shawn & David (welcome back) only give slightly better than mediocre performances. Don't get me wrong, the axework is superb, but great playing doesn't necessarily make a great song.

The lyrics are exactly what you've come to expect, but decidedly more "World Needs A Hero" - "United Abominations" than "Endgame" quality. Some are well crafted gold, some are unapologetic expressions from the heart and some just seem settled upon as, "good enough, let's move on". A little disappointing, at least from a lyricist's standpoint. I do like the way the basic structure of each track varies, something that I try to do with my own stuff and showing that the musician wants that song to be unique unto itself, if not the best that it can be. Verse, chorus, repeat, solo, etc. get's stale and more artists should care about changing it up. The fact that it's done so well here is an example of the caliber of musicianship that has come to define Mustaine. Respect.

As other reviewers have said, some of the tracks are re-hashes of '90's era ideas & demos, some of which I think were added just to get the song count up to 13. "New World Order" & "Millenium Of The Blind" were both on the 2004 re-release of "Youthanasia", the former of which I've been listening to for over a decade. When I first saw the track listing months ago I thought, "No. Did he? Why would he?". But he did. Aside from changing maybe 3 notes it's just the demo re-recorded. Same with "Millenium". Filler tracks? For shame, Dave. "Sudden Death" was in a Guitar Hero game (or Rock Band, who cares?) a while back and "Never Dead" was recorded as the theme to an upcoming game of the same name, but those are much more recent and forgivable. Though I must say, we never saw any tracks from "Hidden Treasures" or any of the other misc. songs make their way to any other studio album before now except for "Dread & The Fugitive Mind" ("Capitol Punishment"/"World Needs A Hero"). Why not another "Silent Scorn" or some short interlude tracks? A least they'd be NEW SONGS.

This is a good album, but certainly not great. I'm sure in time I'll love it to death, but it'll take a lot of getting used to. For new fans: This should be no one's introduction to Megadeth. For vets: You'll dig it. Maybe more, maybe less, because I know only I can hear through my ears, and you might hear it differently. Despite my focusing on the negative aspects, it's well worth the $12 amazon wants. I've done my part, now the decision is yours.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2011
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the first time i heard this album, i have to say, i was kinda disappointed. but those were only cursory listens. after buying the album and sitting down and really listening to it, i have to say it's a great album. though i do still like ENDGAME better, i'll say that this is a great addition to the megadeth that started it's run of great albums with 'the system has failed'. this album has a lot of elements from albums like 'countdown' and 'youthanasia' in it, and at the same time has some great ass kickers too. there are only a few songs that really dont do it for me. the biggest example of this being 'guns, drugs, and money'. i just cant dig that song. the rest however is great in it's own way. a lot of people are complaining about the inclusion of older songs like 'millennium of the blind' and 'new world order' but i think they sound great here. finally fleshed out into full songs. for a band that had only 2 months to write and record a full album, i think they did a helluva job. if you're a fan of the 'countdown' or 'youth' albums, i think you'll like this one just fine. really looking forward to album #14, when they reteam with andy sneap now. should be another killer.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2011
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If you liked Endgame, you'll like Dave's latest effort. Pretty much every song is nice and heavy, with head-crushing riffs and blistering solos (Chris Broderick really knows his stuff). Tracks such as "New World Order" and "Deadly Nightshade" show what this band is really capable of. Higly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2011
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I pre-ordered this album as a bundle through Megadeth in three versions (Limited Edition Double Vinyl Picture Disc, US release, and digital download), and also have since purchasced the Japanese version that has the bonus track Public Enemy Number 1 (live) as the 14th track. After listening through it several times, this is more polished/mainstream than the last few albums, a bit of a through back to the countdown/cryptic writing albums, but most like The World Needs A Hero album. Hero is one of my favorite albums. The Idea to re-record some of the older demo songs (N.W.O. and Millenium of the Blind), video game songs (neverdead and sudden death) and bonus track songs (like black swan from United Aboninations) appears to flow together fairly well on this album for me. It is nice to finally get these put together on a disc with plenty of new material also. My favorite track overall is Black Swan, I like this newly finished version compared to the demo from United Abominations, and for the new songs for this album, I like the self reflective track 13 that finishes the album, and the lead single Public Enemy Number 1 is very good also. Check the video out for Public Enemy, a new step for megadeth. Plenty of riffs and melody again mixed into this. Definately a must for fans. Likley one of my top 10 albums for the year.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2011
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This is another album to be added to the Megadeth catalog as one of their best albums. This album marked the return of David Ellefson on bass, which is just one of many positives. Every song on the album is worth a listen. There is no down points on the album, it is solid start to finish. If you are a die hard Megadeth fan this is an album for you.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2011
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What an amazing record! I must have listen to it over 7 times in succession. I love this record. Dave Mustaine sounds absolutly awsome! Between Dave and Chris' guitar mastery, Shawn's slamming drums and David's thumping bass I didn't know what to think. The songs were amazing and so freaking cool. My favorite song is "Never Dead". A MUST BUY!!!! BUY NOW!!!!!
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