MetalBite Review by Luka on 2/22/2002
The quote from the title-track best summarizes the bandís situation at the time. Itís 1994 and metal is officially dead to MTV and the media as a commercial power. The Big Four among others are scrambling to keep the sales steady but itís getting harder every day. Slayer
stayed heavy and suffered. Pantera
built upon the simple and stripped down, groove-oriented style that would influence much of nu-metal and succeeded. Metallica
slowed down and softened, and I have to admit, while not many would agree, that this is Megadeth
ís most mature and powerful album to date!
The first two tracks open the album with the complete "Countdown to Extinction"
hard-edged style but the true, mellow character of the album quickly shines through. 'Addicted to Chaos'
is a very powerful song with strong melody lines that conveys Dave Mustaineís near-fatal heart attack and miraculous recovery much better than the melodramatic 'A Tout Le Monde'
. The riffs in the somewhat heavier 'Killing Road'
still have that bite of technicality that Mustaine is famous for, and Friedmanís lead (especially on that song) is stronger than ever! Every time I hear this guy play itís unbelievable, Dave really hit the jackpot when he hired him.
There are some faults in the songwriting as some of the ballads still sound very amateurish, but thatís only to be expected from the newly reincarnated Dave Mustaine. Near the end of the album weíre treated again with two very uncharacteristic songs: the heavy-as-hell 'Black Curtains'
, which is basically a faster, darker version of 'Symphony of Destruction'
, and the fast and thrashy 'Victory'
-definitely one of my favorites. Composing the lyrics almost entirely out of previous album and song titles was definitely a fun treat to a long time Megadeth fan like myself, 'Victory'
is like a final farewell to the entire Megadeth
career and I was not the only one who got the impression that this was going to be Megadeth
ís very last album, as most of the members started doing side projects shortly after this. Luckily... I was wrong!
Euthanasia would have been a bad move, Megadeth
are still as strong as ever, though not the way many have grown to like them.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
out of 10