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on October 27, 2011
After 1990's landmark album Rust in Peace, Megadeth's sound, more or less, began to get less and less heavy with each subsequent album during that decade. 1992's Countdown to Extinction, while still possessing a somewhat thrashy sound at times, was Megadeth's version of Metallica's 1991 Black Album--a very good dose of heavy music, but a clear departure from their previous 80's style thrash metal. 1994's Youthanasia and 1997's Cryptic Writings were safe, solid hard-rock records, but definitely alienated fans of their earlier work. 1999's appropriately titled album Risk, was the nadir of Megadeth's downward trend away from a heavy sound toward radio-friendly pop-oriented rock. By this point, most longtime fans (including myself) felt that the band had devolved too far from their early signature sound, and pretty much gave up on the hope of ever hearing an album like Peace Sells, Rust in Peace, or even Countdown to Extinction ever again. After a failed attempt at returning to a heavier sound with 2001's The World Needs a Hero, Mustaine disbanded Megadeth, apparently calling it a career.

Three years later, seemingly from out of nowhere, Mustaine recruited Peace Sells-era #2 guitarist Chris Poland to help him record a new album. Originally intended to be a solo project, The System Has Failed was released in 2004 as a new Megadeth album due to record label pressure. Unable to reconcile differences with the other 1990s-era band members (including founding member and longtime bassist Dave Ellefson), Mustaine put together a new 2000's Megadeth lineup, including current drummer Shawn Drover, and went on tour. "New Megadeth" had arrived. The System Has Failed, while suffering from questionable production, was a decent attempt at a return to form, and, in my opinion was on par with Cryptic Writings. The follow up, United Abominations (2007), was noticeably heavier than The System Has Failed, and it appeared that Mustaine was truly attempting to make Megadeth relevant in the metal world again. On a heaviness scale, United Abominations was slightly more thrashy than Countdwon to Exctinction (though not quite as GOOD as Coundown, but a very solid album nonetheless). After a few typical tweaks to the band roster (namely the addition of Chris Broderick on guitar), and a heavy touring schedule, the band headed back to the studio the following year. The resulting record is Endgame, which is (in my opinion) the best and heaviest Megadeth album in almost two decades.

While Rust in Peace is pretty much untouchable, Endgame comes pretty damn close. I remember thinking to myself "Megadeth is really back now!" when United Abominations came out, but that 2007 disc now pales in comparison to this one. From the opening instrumental track's virtuoso speed metal guitar storm, into the get-your-adrenaline-pumping energy of This Day We Fight, you know you're in for a treat, the likes of which haven't been heard in the studio from Dave Mustaine in a long, long time. Several mid-album tracks wander back down into United Abominations/Coutdown to Extinction/Cryptic Writings level of heaviness, but the high points on this album absolutely blow the doors off. All four band members, especially Mustaine and Broderick on guitar, are completely on fire throughout the whole album. The album's flow is great. The best part for me is, after two years of repeated listening, it hasn't gotten old yet. This one seems like it will have staying power. If you liked Megadeth in the 80s and early 90s (Killing is my Business through Rust in Peace), but didn't care for their softer stuff, give this album a spin. I doubt you'll be disappointed. Metal album of the year for 2009, and five stars from this listener.
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on September 18, 2009
This album is pure thrash metal ownage. Megadeth and Dave Mustaine have shown once again why Megadeth are an amazing band and a way better metal band then Metallica. Listen to this album and listen to Death Magnetic you will see which band still has the edge. Just play headcrusher and watch Death magnetic shrivel up and die. Megadeth are back and so is metal, this album is amazing with blistering riffs, awesome inspired lyrics and crazy musicianship (something metallica doesn't have) this is by far the best album since Countdown and one of the best ever.

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on November 16, 2013
It is difficult to choose a favorite album because all of their albums have great songs in them and then a few that are good and a few that are just ok. I like how their is important messeges in many of the songs and not any vulgar talk that I can remember. I have heard an interview where Dave says he is a christian or born again now, so that is cool also. This is definately one of the better albums because the messeges in the songs are more relavant than ever.
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on December 19, 2011
this is another good dave mustain collection of songs. lots of guitar riffs very challenging for the shredder. the preview of tunes is all i needed to hear to decide i wanted this. I try not to compare countdown to extinction but i cant help it i think that's one of his greatest and endgame comes real close. Listining to it reminds me of marty friedman but this new guitartist is very good and has something to say indeed. So overall this megadeth cd is worthy of a listening and fans should enjoy this very much, thats all folks. I hope i spelled daves last name right let alone any other words.
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on November 3, 2009
Mustaine returns to its integrity with the release of Endgame, a recording that, besides being the natural evolution of their previous two albums, we are immersed in an atmosphere of its past glory.

Their sound in Endgame is closer to the 80s, and the successful first 90s. The production of this album seems to have found the right way to get all the performance with the compositions, getting clean harmonies while maintaining its sharp and crisp side.

Mustaine has returned with a lot of energy, eager to show they still have arguments to claim the name of Megadeth as one of the best bands in metal history
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on September 20, 2009
I really enjoyed this album as I have with all of megadeths releases. In this album main man Dave Mustaine said this was megadeths return of form. Now I know I have heard this statement since the world needs a hero but this time he is telling the truth.The new guitarist really did give megadeth there classic famous sound. It is unfair to say that this album is like any of the previous albums because that would be a lie. To me this album would have been a great follow up to rust in peace. so turn it to 11 and bang your head like it's 1990 again!
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on August 2, 2010
It's been a while since I spent money on this band, and after reading some of the reviews I was hesitant to purchase. I listened to the sample tracks and thought it sounded ok. Well, im about four listens into this CD and I love it. It has grown on me nicley. It has hints of all Megadeth albums past (I even hear a little killing is my business in there...), with some shredding guitar leads. Very similar to their older tracks like Wake up Dead, 502, Etc..If you were a fan of Megadeth in the 80's, this CD should do it for you.
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on August 26, 2015
Just got it today-8/26/2015!! I love it!! Awesome!! Fantastic!! Amazon is like a Xmas Wonderland!! I will be doing all of my shopping here!! Great music store!! Great!! Amazon has everything you could ever imagine or want!! :o)
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on November 21, 2009
I don't know if I was too busy in my own little world or what, but I had no idea Megadeth was even working on a new album, and then all of a sudden BAM! there it is. I'm a huge Megadeth fan; I own everything they've ever put out and love it all. This album is very high-energy; it will "rock your socks off" (to borrow a line from Tenacious D) right from the start and all the way through. Mustaine is the man, he can do no wrong. Amazing guitar work on this album. Buy it, play it loud, and prepare to be "adrenalized"!
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on September 25, 2009
The System Has Failed was good.
United Abominations was great.
Endgame is brilliant.

I love that Dave Mustaine has truly returned to his thrash metal roots. This is his heaviest album since Rust in Peace (which isn't to say that the albums that came after RiP were bad, quite the opposite). The soloing and riffing on the album is phenomenal. Now we have to hope that Dave doesn't freak out and fire everyone that worked on this album. He has a GREAT lineup and he needs to stick with it.

Personal favorites on this album are: Dialectic Chaos/This Day We Fight!, Endgame and Headcrusher.
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