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LISTEN TO ME, RATTLEHEADS!!
on November 1, 2011
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.