11 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Thirty years after Dave Mustaine put together Megadeth following his infamous stint as Metallica's lead guitarist, he's returned with Megadeth's 14th studio album, a mix of the thrash he pioneered and other hard rock styles. After the expected high-speed chase through synthetic-opiate addiction in "Kingmaker," Mustaine does the nearly unthinkable and slows the band down for the arena-rock challenge of the title track. "Built for War," however, returns with a gnarled and twisted riff that's sure to confound the legions of guitar warriors who see Mustaine's leads as challenges to be mastered. "Dance in the Rain" contains a few monologues and a guest vocal from Disturbed's David Draiman among the nearly danceable rhythms: a far cry from the abrasive militia attack of his best-known work. "The Blackest Crow" adds a banjo (!) to a tune nearly suited for an Appalachian murder ballad. A cover of Thin Lizzy's "Cold Sweat" is an inspired choice and much closer to Megadeth's current sound than anything from its debut album 30 years ago.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Thirty years after Dave Mustaine put together Megadeth following his infamous stint as Metallica's lead guitarist, he's returned with Megadeth's 14th studio album, a mix of the thrash he pioneered and other hard rock styles. After the expected high-speed chase through synthetic-opiate addiction in "Kingmaker," Mustaine does the nearly unthinkable and slows the band down for the arena-rock challenge of the title track. "Built for War," however, returns with a gnarled and twisted riff that's sure to confound the legions of guitar warriors who see Mustaine's leads as challenges to be mastered. "Dance in the Rain" contains a few monologues and a guest vocal from Disturbed's David Draiman among the nearly danceable rhythms: a far cry from the abrasive militia attack of his best-known work. "The Blackest Crow" adds a banjo (!) to a tune nearly suited for an Appalachian murder ballad. A cover of Thin Lizzy's "Cold Sweat" is an inspired choice and much closer to Megadeth's current sound than anything from its debut album 30 years ago.

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