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Megadeth - Th1rt3en

Published November 03 2011

=Staff's pick

Sudden Death*
Public Enemy No. 1
Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)
We The People
Guns, Drugs & Money
Never Dead
New World Order
Fast Lane
Black Swan*
Millennium Of The Blind
Deadly Nightshade

Genre Thrash Metal
Dave Mustaine
Tracks 13
Dave Mustaine
Running time 58 Min.
Chris Broderick
Label Roadrunner Records
David Ellefson
Release 02 November 2011
Shawn Drover
Country USA
Producer Johnny K./D. Mustaine
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Megadeth are back after two years with their thirteenth album. This album contains mostly new songs, but also a couple of previously released bonus tracks which have been re-recorded for Th1rt3en. According to guitarist, vocalist and main man Dave Mustaine solely because he hadn't fixed the final parts of the songs and they just didn't feel right at that moment.

Th1rt3en follows the same path as the latest releases Endgame and United Abominations with Megadeth's trademarked guitar parts, solos and licks. Still it has some elements from two decades ago of course, with rearranged songs New World Order and Millennium Of The Blind. Both songs that didn't make the final cut back then and were later released as bonus tracks on the remixed and remastered album Youthanasia and maybe they should have stayed where they were?

Two other songs that have been previously released are Sudden Death and Black Swan. The first recorded for Guitar Hero one year ago and the latter was released as a bonus track on United Abominations. This gives me an odd feeling when listening to this new album, considering I have heard four songs before and therefore wonders if Mustaine and his band have lost their inspiration or if their well has run dry. These two songs are however among the best tracks on the album, especially Sudden Death with its late eightees touch and great guitar play.

What about the new songs? I can't find many songs with that extra spark. With this album I'm more impressed by their instrumental skills than their ability to write great songs. Most of them feels like a day at work and they don't make me want to listen to this album over and over again. I don't want to call this album bad in any way, but I highly doubt that this will be a future Megadeth classic.

See also review of: Dystopia , Super Collider , Endgame , The System Has Failed








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