23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Megadeth's Best And Most Atmospheric Album.
Ever notice how a lot of metal fans tend to judge music solely by how accessable it is rather than how good it is? This is what happened when Megadeth released Youthanasia back in 1994. While the album met with strong reviews and very strong sales overall, some fans were unnecessarely disappointed when they found out how soft and moody it was compared to earlier...
Published on February 7, 2002 by Martin Alther
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great album, dont like the remastering.
Why did Mustaine need to remaster this album? I have the original copy of this, but I have heard a few songs from the new remastered copy. Some have the songs have different guitars and vocal tracks (as they might have been rerecorded) in A Tout Le Monte, train of consequenses, And Reckoning day. ThE remaster makes the already great production sound inferior to the...
Published on January 27, 2006
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Megadeth's Best And Most Atmospheric Album.,
This review is from: Youthanasia (Audio CD)Ever notice how a lot of metal fans tend to judge music solely by how accessable it is rather than how good it is? This is what happened when Megadeth released Youthanasia back in 1994. While the album met with strong reviews and very strong sales overall, some fans were unnecessarely disappointed when they found out how soft and moody it was compared to earlier releases.
But if you listen to Youthanasia side-by-side with Countdown To Extinction, you'll notice Youth really isn't much softer nor more "pop-like." In fact, Youthanasia (in a lot of ways) has a decidely less commercial sound than Countdown. Probably because the guitars on Youth are decidedly heavier (remember how unusually plain they sometimes sounded on Countdown), and the mood quite a bit darker (don't expect all the sarcastic jokes and humor of Countdown here, ladies and gentlemen).
And it isn't as if Megadeth was trying to cash in on what was popular back in late 1994. This album doesn't sound grungey nor alternative. Rather, it seems stuck somewhere between a heavy rock album and a heavy metal album. True, it does have the occasionally pop-like beats of a rock album, but a lot of solos are just as grinding as you would expect from a metal album, riffs just as heavy, and song themes just as disturbing. Disturbing enough that MTV actually refused to play the video for A Tout Le Monde because of what the song was dealing with (suicide). How's that for a sell out?
As for the actual songs, I can't really think of any that I didn't like. Train of Consequences is definitely the album's highlight with its excellent drumming, catchy riff, and great solo. Addicted to Chaos has one of the most beautiful solos Megadeth has ever done, and one of the most powerful choruses they'd ever done. Elysian Fields has a catchy (almost hammer-like) beat, and Family Tree is among the darkest and most disturbing songs Megadeth has ever written (no, it's not a love song as its chorus may suggest, but actually a song about incest).
In brief, Youthanasia is a great album. Especially if you liked the previous Countdown To Extinction. After all, there's really no major difference in accesability between the two albums.
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Stunner From The Megadeth Crew!,
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"Reckoning Day" Metal, brutal, kick-you-in-the-teeth. A great hate-my-old-girlfriend/ex-wife song. A classic. "Train Of Consequences" another certified rocker. Great lyrics and great riffs. "Addicted To Chaos" a slower, more moody outing. Still very kewel. Lyrically deep. Megadeth has grown up indeed. "A Tout Le Monde" one of Mustaine's greatest songs. There's feeling in there, as opposed to just shredding your face off with a non-sensical diatribe to anger and misery. Greatness! "Elysian Fields" on of my all-time favorites. This is a great f*cking song! What a hook. Great lyrics. Solid. "The Killing Road" where Motley Crue and Bon Jovi were writing songs about the road in the cowboy/rebel Bob Seger sense, Megadeth comes out with the truth about being on the road. Kewel. "Blood Of Heroes" another favorite of mine. There is something very catchy about this tune. A straight-forward riff and cool lyrics, I don't know why, but I love it! "Family Tree" a great song about abuse. Thinking man's metal. The bang-you-head-against-the-stage metal is dead and buried. This is where it is now. Grow up and deal with reality. "Youthanasia" a great underrated song. Talk about poignant. The generation left behind. "I Thought I Knew It All" a little slower than the rest, a testament to realizing that we aren't perfect. "Black Curtains" Mustaine jumps back a few albums back to Peace Sells with this straight-out rocker. Dark and empty and filled with angst. "Victory" Take Megadeth's career so far and put it all together into one song and you have "Victory." Mustaine praises the fact that his is still alive after battling booze and drugs.
Overall, Youthanasia is melodic and menacing and stilll manages to rock better than most albums ever could. If you think that Megadeth sold out then you need to turn around and look at yourself. No one likes a forty year-old rocker walking around with long hair and an overhanging beer-gut wearing faded old Peace Sells shirts and trying to hold onto his past as his future slips away. If you dig that, well...to each his own. The word 'loser' is spelled with one 'o' just in case you needed to know. I'm not saying to forget the past, there are a bunch of great metal albums that I will always love, but definition of attitude needs to be a current thing. The world is ever changing. Embrace it or get left behind. Megadeth f*cking rules! No question about that! Youthanasia rocks!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Megadeths most Under-Rated Album...........,
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Youthanasia - An uderrated masterpiece,
This review is from: Youthanasia (Audio CD)I really don't understand why metal fans keep insisting in the useless paranoia speech of "selling out" every time a metal band releases an album who isn't bloddy 5000 beats per minute loud and noisy as their former ones! Let's face it, Youthanasia is one of the best Megadeth albums ever. Musically and lyrically speaking. The mood is heavier, though the pace is slower than Countdown or Rust. The guitars have been tune down half a step, so it contributes to that.
Musically, it is a killer! Mustaine's both vocals and riffing are amazing, very well produced and Marty does well with some amazing soloing.
Sure, it isn't as "Megadethish" as Peace Sells or Rust, but it sure as hell is a definite highlight in this outstanding band's carrer.
"Addicted to Chaos" is my favorite, but you can name every one of the songs in the album as quite good. Intricate, melodic, defying, dark and metalic. That sums up this masterpiece!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece...indeed!,
This review is from: Youthanasia (Audio CD)Looking back at Megadeth's history book, clear is their musicianship, talent and above all their constant maturity and improvements.The band hit the top when they recorded Countdown to Extinction and then.....they stormed over the top with Youthanasia. The album features a more mature sound/riffing/solos from the band. The songs are shorter than those in Rust in peace (which is Megadeth favourite album by fans) but each song in Youthanasia is as heavy as those in Rust....The solos are more melodic here and the techniques used in riffing and solos is more complex and melodic(again!). The album opens with the wicked 'Reckoning day' which has a cool 'acoustic-like' solo. then comes the 'Train of consequences & Addicted to chaos'. what comes next is one of Megadeth's finest and most sincere moments....A tout le monde is a classic, with all the meanings that classic holds. the lyrics in this song are beautiful. The intro is one of my favourites and the bridge/chorus are among the best you can ever hear. Also on this album, there's the haunting 'Family tree' with its neat bass riff. The song 'Youthanasia' is also an excellent song advancing from the slow doomy-like riff to the typical Megadeth thrash riff. Then to add a magnificent final touch to the album, 'I thought I knew it all' comes to play. Everything in this song is perfect. The lyrics will haunt you for a long time. The riff will echo in your ears and the solo will complete this classic (too!)...The production on this album (like Countdown to extinction) is crisp and the sound is crystal-clear. All in all this album truley a masterpiece. I am not just writing down an opinion here just so you know that I'm a big fan of Megadeth, but good music should be appreciated anywhere and this album is surely one of music's finest hours, one of metal's greatest offerings and one of Megadeth's best albums...ever. It's an album to enjoy,keep and treasure...and that's a fact. Thank you.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Typical Megadeth, But Give It A Chance,
Youthanasia has some strong pop elements weaving in and out of this album. We see strong evidence of this in the very catchy choruses of "Stream of Consequences", "Addicted to Chaos", "Elysian Fields", and "Victory". I sometimes find myself actually playing these songs while washing my car (you can't really do that with the likes of Exodus or Testament). Also, Mustaine and crew stray away from the hard, thrash-roots sound of "Killing is my Business..." or "Peace Sells..." and opt for a more radio friendly brand of heavy metal. There are some elements of blues-influenced forms and riffs throughout (even a few harmonica appearances!). A word of warning - there are no really fast-tempo numbers on this album. Gone are the days of Peace Sells-esque thrasher cuts like "Devil's Island" or "Black Friday".
The lyrical content is also more mature and serious. No more anthems to insanity, nuclear war, axe murderers, or satanism. These songs address more, shall we say, relevant issues like dealing with mortality, fighting drug addiction, learning from mistakes, and child abuse.
If you're worried about musicianship, don't be. Mustaine and Marty Friedman still take turns shredding on every song. David Ellefson still faithfully thumps away terrific lines on bass, and drummer Nick Menza pounds out some dizzying rhythms.
My choice cuts are "Train of Consequences", "Addicted to Chaos", "Elysian Fields", and "Family Tree". Overall, Youthanasia is a gem. Yes, it is different and it does stray from the formula, but it is nicely done. If anything, this offering proves Megadeth's versatility and willingness to open up and explore.
PS. If you didn't like this album, then DO NOT get "Risk".
PPS. Megadeth's latest album, "The System Has Failed", is excellent.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Megadeth's Last "Classic" Album,
Youthanasia(1994). Megadeth's Sixth Studio Release.
In 1994, Grunge, stricken with the death of Kurt Cobain, began to get less and less popular, and with the 1995 releases of Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' and Alice In Chain's self-titled album, that genre sadly went out of style and was replaced with Rap-Metal(god help us). Always in the shadow of things, bands like Megadeth and Metallica, who hit it big in the early-90's, tried valiantly to repeat their sucess, and with the 1994 release of 'Youthanasia', Megadeth once again entered the Top 30. While Metallica's 'Load'(which was released later the next year) has since become a disgrace even if it did go to #1, Megadeth prospered until the release of 'Risk', which effectively saw them "selling-out" too. In retrospect, 'Youthanasia' has been described by fans as one of Megadeth's best, and certainly their last great album. So, is 'Youthanasia' a good listen, or a sorry state of affairs? Read on to find out!
Reckoning Day- 'Youthanasia' starts off with "Reckoning Day", an unforgiving, metallic attack that blends thunderous, pounding guitar riffs and demented vocals with the solos and choruses Megadeth fans have come to know and love.
Train of Consequences- One of Megadeth's strongest tracks, "Train of Consequences" starts off with the *spit-fire*(It's undescribable, but amazing) guitar riff, but Mustaine turns the song into an optomistic, melodic look at the possibilities of life. Mustaine's pained vocals and Friedman's wacky guitar work will blow you away!
Addicted To Chaos- A slow thrasher, "Addicted To Chaos" uses a pulsing guitar riff and melodic vocals from Mustaine to create a *slow* rocker not unlike their hit "Almost Honest". Friedman and Mustaine hit all the right notes, and Menza's drumming won't fail to please. Not really a ballad, yet one of Megadeth's more emotional tracks.
A Tout Le Monde- 'Youthanasia's biggest hit, and most unlikely, finds Megadeth doing a ballad about lost love, but what's weirder is Mustaine sings the chorus entirely in French! Friedman and Mustaine spit out emotional rhythm and electric guitar melodies, and Mustaine's vocals(for once!) work extremely well, giving the song a deep sense of emotion. Unless you can't stand French(the language), "A Tout Le Monde" is an emotional ballad you won't soon forget.
Elysian Fields- Megadeth goes back to their Thrash roots on "Elysian Fields", a dark and sarcastic at the death of Jesus Christ(It's not sacreligious at all..). Mustaine's creepy vocals and Friedman's doomy guitar riff go from metallic to punky, and the chorus is something to behold(It reminds me of Alice In Chains). Good song.
The Killing Road- Much like Testament's Death Metal material of the 90's, "The Killing Road" is a dark, dreadfully hopeless ode to going insane, mixed with Mustaine's uncaring(don't worry, they aren't Death Metal vocals) vocals and Friedman's thumping guitar riff. Great musicianship, great song!
Blood of Heroes- Beginning much like an epic from the Boston Symphony, "Blood of Heroes" soon turns into a "kill-or-be-killed" song, complete with amazing solos, riffs, and time signature changes from Mustaine and Friedman's duel-guitar attack. Mustaine's dark lyrics and creepy vocals work well! I like this one a lot!
Family Tree- Although it starts like "A Tout Le Monde", "Family Tree", complete with an emotional rhythm guitar melody, soon turns into a seedy rocker about the government trying to cover up conspiracies. Friedman and Mustaine's guitar antics go well with Ellefson's addictive bassline, and Mustaine's vocals echo back to the good ol' days of "Hangar 18". C-O-O-L!
Youthanasia- The album's title track, "Youthanasia" is an interesting look at the demons of Dave Mustaine, yet the song, which features "distorted" vocals from Mustaine, doesn't really pick up until much later in the song. When it DOES pick up, Friedman dishes out an amazing solo, not to mention some great riffs. If the beginning of this song wasn't so *lame*, "Youthanasia" would be one of the album's best. Good.
I Thought I Knew It All- A Thrash song with a melodic chorus, "I Thought I Knew It All" begins like any other Megadeth song, with a remorseless and dark riff, not to mention "gloom-and-doom" vocals from Mustaine, but the emotional chorus finds Megadeth doing a melodic song not unlike "A Tout Le Monde". Nonetheless, the musicianship is good and the song rules!
Black Curtains- Think of the heavy, dark, Thrash qualities of 80's Metallica and mix that with the duel-guitar attack and creepy lyrics of Iron Maiden and you get "Black Curtains", a dark thrasher that finds every musician playing their heart out. One of the album's highlights.
Victory- A parody of Megadeth itself, "Victory" looks back at all of the songs in Megadeth's career(The lyrics talk about "Holy Wars" and "Countdown To Extinction"), and Ellefson's punchy bassline and Megadeth's punky vocals make "Victory" a very interesting track.
The 2004 'Youthanasia' remaster contains three new tracks, "Millennium Of The Blind", "New World Order", and "Absolution", and a new version of "A Tout Le Monde". These tracks are icing on the cake, and they add to the album even if they are short!
Overall, 'Youthanasia', while not being as good as Megadeth's 80's material and 'Rust In Peace', is definitely an improvement over 'Countdown To Extinction'. It's a very good album, showcasing some of Mustaine's best vocals and showing that Mustaine and Marty Friedman can still spit out solos worthy of honor. While not being a perfect record, it's still a great choice for Megadeth fans, and certainly better than anything Metallica, Anthrax, or Slayer put out around the same time(1994-1995).
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO FANS OF THRASH, HEAVY METAL, AND MEGADETH! IF YOU'RE A NEWBIE, GO FOR 'RUST IN PEACE', BUT IF YOU WANT TO WIDEN YOUR COLLECTION, PICK UP 'YOUTHANASIA'!
Killer Kuts- "Train of Consequences", "A Tout Le Monde", "The Killing Road", "Family Tree", "Black Curtains", and "Victory".
Rust In Peace- Megadeth
Souls of Black- Testament
The Black Album- Metallica
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Youthanasia" Gives Heavy Metal A Decent Name,
This review is from: Youthanasia (Audio CD)In most ways, heavy metal foursome Megadeth is a more intelligent and musically flexible version of Metallica; this is not made surprising (or derivative), as guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine was the former's original lead guitarist, and his writing influence was even felt by Metallica to their second album--all after he had been fired from the band. Relevant comparisons aside, Mustaine, Nick Menza, Marty Friedman, & David Ellefson continue to prove their dominance of heavy metal (and give Metallica a run for their money when it comes to merit) with their 1994 masterpiece, the inventive, yet underappreciated, "Youthanasia."
The tracks contained on this disc are pure heavy metal, and still hold a powerful musical and lyrical element of classical arrangements, as heard in the intro of 'Blood Of Heroes' (which also displays great vocal mixing) and the harrowing 'A Tout Le Monde.' 'Train Of Consequences' sounds like an updated rock version of Alfred Noyes' poem "The Highwayman" while other songs like the title track, 'Family Tree,' and 'Addicted To Chaos' are so genuinely real they are nearly heartwrenching.
"Youthanasia" remains a surreal heavy metal accomplishment, though slightly obscured by some of Megadeth's more often-noted albums. The band attributes its label as "below standards" to producer Max Norman's theory that the tracks had to be 250 beats a minute in order to get on the radio (as they contend in an interview with the magazine "Maximum Guitar"). Nonetheless, "Youthanasia" is solid, and its heavy metal foundation is both blistering and gutwrenching.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every band has one album you don't realize the greatness of until years later...,
I will admit that upon purchasing Youthanasia way back in 1994 I was a little bit disappointed. Not because it sucked, but because it seemed to lack energy. And also because -- and I laugh at myself now -- the production seemed way too good. What? You can hear every warm little nuance of what is being performed, including the subtleties of the bass player? What gives?
Indeed, maybe it's because I was young and wanted everything to sound dark and cold and, of course, fast!
Well, as the years passed by, I came to realize that this album is full of incredible riffs, some of Dave Mustaine's absolute best vocal work and lyrics, and brilliant Marty Friedman and Mustaine solos at every turn. In fact, turning down the tempo really reveals how well Megadeth can groove as well as let their riffing get into a lot more detail.
There really isn't a bad song on here, but my favorites are probably the openers "Reckoning Day" and "Train of Consequences," "A Tout Le Monde," "I Thought I Knew It All," "Black Curtains" and the surprisingly catchy "Family Tree." The title track is probably the low point for me, not because there is technically anything wrong with it but the melodic ideas are just not to my taste. It has an awesome double-time breakdown, though. And the closer "Victory" is just genius in it's driving beat coupled with the lyrics, which creatively chain together a career's worth of song titles. Nice.
All in all, it was preconceived notions that got the best of me and many other metal fans out there when this first came out. I think most Megadeth fans have come to hold this album among their absolute favorites, or at least appreciate it as a tried and true metal album, if not a speed metal one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect once more.,
This review is from: Youthanasia (Audio CD)Youthanasia is one of the three best Megadeth records ever. The other ones are: Countdown to extinction and Rust in peace. Not one of theese three records sounds like the one before at all and that's great. The sound on this one is not as sharp as on the previous ones and on several tracks the guitars are downtuned. If Countdown.. was a little more commercial than RIP this is a little more commercial than Countdown.. But don't get scared now, this is still a band at the peak of their career thrashing everything that gets in their way. The songs are of different nature and each one has a unike touch. One big differece was that all bandmembers have written much of the material on this one. This helped the record to have a very personal profile. All the songs are unike, the only complain I have is that the first half is better than the second half where some songs sound a little to similar and gory. Still there are no fillers on this album, buy it now!
A track analysis:
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