Megadeth - Super Collider (Tradecraft/Universal Music)

Megadeth's new album may not be for all thrash lovers but pakman2525 thinks it's just fine and is Megadeth as he knows them.
Release Date: 
31 May 2013 (All day)

I’ll start off by letting you know that Megadeth is my second favourite band behind Iron Maiden.  I’ve been listening to Dave Mustaine and co since I was about 16 when I first heard Peace Sells.  I was thoroughly blown away by Rust in Peace and have enjoyed all the albums since – yes I even enjoyed quite a few songs off Risk after a few listens.

I picked up a copy of Super Collider the other day (then got my signed version from the fan club) and have listened to it multiple times since.  On first listening I found myself thoroughly engrossed, though it wasn’t a typical Megadeth album it was one you could really sink your teeth into.  I have read some less than flattering reviews of this album but must say, am a little surprised by them.  That could be due to me having a listen to the commentary from Dave available through Spotify and really felt I had a good insight into the album prior to hearing it.

Let’s get this straight; this is not another Rust In Piece or Endgame which were straight out thrash classics.  It reminds me more of Cryptic Writings or The System Has Failed which has a little bit of everything, some faster tracks and other songs that may make themselves available to mainstream listeners. The guys have done some experimentation on the album and it is evident.  You can tell with the use of different instruments and vocal styles, this is most notable with the use of a gango on the track The Blackest Crow, but there is also Megadeth having fiddles, violins and cellos on tracks.  Dave indicated he did some work with David Draiman of Disturbed/Device, who also provided vocals on Dance In The Rain.

Megadeth are a band that doesn’t mind moving around within the genre with the creative talent at their disposal and Super Collider is no exception.  In my eyes they have produced a very solid effort that will have a bit there for everyone who appreciates metal.  I can’t wait to see them again in September in Vegas – hoping to see some of these tracks make it to the setlist.

Strongest tracks:

Kingmaker.  A thrashy opener that reminds me a little of Sleepwalker and kicks off the album in the best possible way.  It has Dave’s trademark snarling, thought provoking lyrics about the availability of legal narcotics in the US.

Super Collider: Megadeth have shown us that a song doesn’t have to melt your face with speed to be a cracker.

Dance In The Rain: Dave’s take on society nowadays, and the never ending roles people have to take on to make ends meet.  Dave was looking for a change on his vocal melodies and it shows in the chorus that he’s extended his abilities.  David Draiman adds a nice touch to the aggressive ending of the song.

The Blackest Crow: Easily my favourite track on the album.  This song makes use of a Gango, slide guitar and fiddles to provide a very different feel and a melancholy sound that suits the lyrics magnificently.  The song is partially about his mother in law’s fight with Alzheimer’s disease.  I absolutely love this track.

Forget To Remember: Another song about his mother in laws fight, which coming straight after The Blackest Crow makes it an interesting choice.  Almost a little towards hard rock but it’s very easy to get the toe tapping along.

Cold Sweat: A great cover of an old Thin Lizzy number that rounds off the album nicely.