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After over 20 million albums sold worldwide, metals legends Megadeth return with their latest album United Abominations. It's an album that throws back to the sound and energy of classic albums like Rust In Peace and Peace Sells But Who's Buying?; but it's also an album that sounds as fresh and contemporary as anything out there today. In true Megadeth fashion, it doesn't shy away from controversy or political commentary; it embraces it. With songs like Washington Is Next! and Amerikhastan it is a commentary on today's tumultuous world and the United Nations. Beyond the political commentary lies an album full of classic Megadeth music from the sinister Sleepwalker to the infectious Gears Of War. It is lead by the first single Set Me Free (A Tout Le Monde), which originally appeared on Megadeth's 1994 album Youthanasia, but has now been fully realized the way Mustaine has always wanted it. Joining him on the single is Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia whose vocals help create a haunting track.

Nearly 25 years after its formation, Megadeth is making its most brilliant work, a feat that some acts find unthinkable––maybe impossible––after half that time. When Mustaine sings about politics it's never in the abstract, faraway sense; his lyrics are riddled with references to the here and now––the boundaries and bombs that make the threat of war––or the threat of doom–– real. So it's no real surprise that this release features lyrics liberally peppered with references to Afghanistan, 9/11, NATO and the like.
Of course, no one buys a record or a ticket to a show specifically to hear five-minute polemics and that's where Mustaine's real talent––a talent for creating ear-perking riffs and solid, carefully constructed songs––comes in. The album may require that you read the newspaper on a regular basis but it also allows you to let loose with abandon and excitement. "Never Alone... a Call to Arms," "Gears of War" and "Play for Blood" are remarkable because they recall the classic metal of Judas Priest, Diamond Head, and the like and prove that there's nothing quite like an overdriven boogie-based riff to excite the most primitive impulses in the listener. Mustaine makes a bid for commercial radio by revisiting Youthanasia's "A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)" with Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia. It's his most emotionally honest vocal performance to date and one that will no doubt finally earn him wider critical recognition. ––Jedd Beaudoin
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  • Audio CD (May 15, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,756 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Lee on March 4, 2008
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It's a statement from Dave Mustaine to Metallica and the rest of the metal world saying "This is how it's done kids."

The style is like a cross between "Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?", "Rust in Peace", and "Countdown to Extinction" (their 3 best albums from their golden years). The new band spear-headed by the Drover brothers is incredible. Once upon a time, the Abbott brothers (Dimebag and Vinnie Paul) almost joined Megadeth. Circumstances kept that from happening that time, but not this time (too bad Glen Drover has since left the band). Glen Drover is completely awesome and his smooth flowing style complements Mustaine's rough and tough style perfectly. Shawn Drover is the best drummer since the original drummer, the great Gar Samuelson. Come to think of it, they sound a lot like Dimebag and Vinnie.

And it's true what the Amazon reviewer says...the fact that a band, 25 years after its formation, can release an album like this is incredible. Make no mistake, this IS one of Megadeth's BEST albums. It really shows what an absolute genius Mustaine is. The man is just dripping with awesome riffs and solos. He is the best and most prolific metal riff creator of all time. Let's hope this is the start of a new golden era of Megadeth.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Eric Johnson on May 15, 2007
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This album is awesome. I haven't been listening to Meagdeth for too long, but I have all of their albums from Killing Is My Business through Youthanasia, and The System Has Failed. For me though, I gravitate more toward 80's Magdeth, the real thrash sound, basically their first 4 albums. I was somewhat disappointed with Countdown to Extinction and Youthanasia, because they weren't really thrash, but they grew on me. The System Has Failed was a relief to me because they sort of went back to their thrash roots. But, this album blows it away. Thrash Megadeth is back! I've always loved how Megadeth has multiple solos throughout their songs. This album is a total solo-fest. Solos everywhere. This album is heavy, loud, and fast. It's a very political album, obviously, but Dave tells it like it is. If you like Megadeth you will love this album. If you like metal in general, you'll love it. It does not disappoint. Highlights for me are Washington Is Next!, United Abominations, Gears of War, A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free), Play For Blood, and Burnt Ice. Burnt Ice has blazing solos. The whole second half of the song is basically a solo. I was rattling my goddamn head so much I got dizzy. Hell yeah. Nowadays, Metallica only wishes they can make an album like this, considering their last effort had no solos whatsoever. Megadeth's bringing the thrash back. Rock on!
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63 of 79 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 15, 2007
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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.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Roberto M. Barros on May 15, 2007
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This album starts right, with a great name, best in whole Deth's career, it's almost worth the 12 bucks alone. But it also continues right, since this is the best Megadeth release since the Countdown/Youthanasia era. And talking about those 2 discs, I find that Abominations fits exactly in their middle in terms of style, despite the press-releases and some reviews here.

What you see in Abominations is a mix of: 1) tons of inteligent, hooky, captivating and sometimes even cheesy vocal lines - probably Mustaine's best ever - that we saw in Countdown (remember Skin o'my teeth, Sweating Bullets, Foreclosure of a Dream, etc.); 2) those nice catching melodies that abounded on Youthanasia and Countdown; 3) lots of fast, melodic but aggressive solos that are placed everywhere, before the chorus, after the chorus, etc. like we had in RIP and Countdown; 4) a few well-positioned, interesting variations that we saw on Cryptic Writings; 5) Aggressive, full of hatred and indignation lyrics about war and politics, like we had from Peace Sells to Rust, and in System.

The band is strong, cohese, and the compositions are prime Deth stuff, like the old times. There's attitude, there's poise. Very few classic bands managed to come back to their signature style without sounding dated, like Mustaine's crew have done here. Abominations is no better than Peace, RIP and Countdown, but it does not let down metal fans. It's like Maiden's Somewhere in Time compared to Powerslave.

About the songs, Washington Is Next, with its very melodic guitars, awesome vocal lines and long chorus, is the best song here, already a classic, and that could well be on Countdown. Sleepwalker starts slow, but its a great opener, also showing lots of melody and catching singing.
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Any one else feel a little disappointed?
I Think you're alone in saying that their songwriting has declined since Risk. Risk was the low point for Megadeth and each album since has been a steady incline back to form, and United Abominations is the return to form.
May 18, 2007 by Shawn M. Kruse |  See all 53 posts
Greatest Megadeth Song??
It's a really tough choice but I would say "Holy Wars/The Punishment Due".
Mar 19, 2008 by Rattlehead |  See all 18 posts
CAST Recording??
I'm assuming it's Amazon's way of saying "not yet released" because it was being recorded and mixed. When it's officially released, the "CAST Recording" note will probably be removed.
Apr 11, 2007 by |  See all 13 posts
One Hell of An Album
There is no doubt that this is a much better record than TSHF. It's more of a band effort and the production is superb. I don't believe is their best (there are some songs such as You're Dead, Amerikhastan, Burnt Ice and ATLM that I find boring) record but it's the best they've released since CW.
May 4, 2007 by Rob Smith |  See all 10 posts
Freakin' Rocks!
You realize Friedman hasn't been around for a while right?

Also, what copy of TSHF do you have, because I think the production quality is outstanding on that album.
May 14, 2007 by Damien Schwader |  See all 3 posts
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