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Review by Officer Nice

This year started rather tragically with the death of some icons. I just listened to the newbie of David Bowie, a rather strange yet very good album. This hero passed away unexpected and far too early. He’s one of those musicians who will always bring me back to the good old days because of tracks like “Let’s Dance”. This legacy has its moments and is really worth checking it out. Not Metal? Well, fuck that too and don’t you dare to discuss the fact he was an over talented composer and musician! May he rest in peace!


For our scène there was of course the loss of Lemmy, that filthy old whiskey drinking and heavy smoking bastard who knew what Rock’n Roll was all about! This lad gave us so much fun, so many unforgettable headbanging tracks and with his death the Metal scène died a bit too. My point is that our Pop and Rock heroes slowly leave us… And no, there isn’t that much replacement. But thankfully there still are icons and heroes, allow me to mention Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine! And yes, Megadeth just released a new album, so let’s celebrate that.


On the last albums two of my personal musicians were present, Chris Broderick - ex Jag Panzer and Shawn Drover – ex Eidolon. No coincidence both were members of bands that will forever belong to my favourites. “Endgame” was a fantastic release, “Th1rt3en” and “Super Collider” could not compete. As above there were rumours that Dave Mustaine wanted a reunion with the legendary “Rust in Peace” members and that probably made Chris and Shawn decide to leave the band. Who can blame them? We can only hope they will help their former bands reunite. Anyway, Kiko Loureiro (ex-Angra) and Chris Adler (Lamb Of God) came in and as usual a new line-up inspires mister Mustaine.


Especially on the first tracks you will hear that Dave Mustaine was full of inspiration and he delivers the goods as in the good old days. One after another blistering lead is heading your way and the riffs smashes the listener hard to the ground! The drum parts are spectacular, as we demand it from a band with this status! Mustaine adds remarkable and recognizable tunes on them and that works! It worked in the early days, later on and still today! This is the true Mustaine and the reason why Megadeth belongs to “the big four,


Is this all good enough to become a classic album? Not to me. This one has not the quality from “Peace Sells”, “Countdown To Extinction”, “So Far, So Good…” and certainly not that magical touch from “Rust In Peace”’. But it certainly belongs to the better Megadeth albums and fans will like it! If you’re into Megadeth, you will adore this one. It has the grooves, the technical progressive touches, those smoking and magnificent leads, that characteristic ‘Eighties’ Megadeth touch, those typical vocal lines… It is an overdose of pure Metal.


It is a pity that the level from the first songs didn’t hold during the entire album; in that case it would could have had a fair chance to become ‘a classic one’. You’ll be impressed by the first tracks, they will blow you away but unfortunately you will have to listen to songs like “Poisenous World” and “Foreign Policy” too. Those are weaker to me to be honest. On the other hand the acoustic guitars on ”Conquer or die” are really adorable!


Megadeth will tour in 2016 and as far as I know they will appear at the Graspop Metal Meeting. I admit there are some nice names on their bill and maybe I will make it to Dessel. Meanwhile I will give this one more spins, maybe it will grow more and more on me. But I am sure my thoughts on this one won’t chance. But I am looking forward to hear some of the new songs on stage. What we keep in mind is that the new members did a fantastic job and are able to deliver anything Megadeth is standing for!


My rating: 85 / 100



95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish