MEGADETH — Endgame (review)

MEGADETH — Endgame album cover Album · 2009 · Thrash Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
"Endgame" is the 12th full-length studio album by US thrash/heavy metal act Megadeth. The album was released through Roadrunner Records in September 2009. It´s the successor to "United Abominations" from 2007 and features one lineup change since the predecessor as guitarist Glen Drover has left and has been replaced by Chris Broderick, who was fresh out of a 1997-2008 period stint with Jag Panzer. The rhythm section of drummer Shawn Drover and bassist James Lomenzo are still onboard with lead vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine completing the quartet lineup.

"Endgame" is usually considered one of the more thrash metal oriented releases in the band´s discography, and tracks like "This Day We Fight!" and "Head Crusher" are definitely in the fast-paced and thrashy end of the scale for Megadeth, but there is a little more to "Endgame" than what those tracks might suggest. But when you think of it most of the band´s releases are quite varied in style, so it´s no surprise that "Endgame" also features heavier thrash/heavy metal tracks, more melodic oriented songs, and even a half power ballad in "The Hardest Part of Letting Go... Sealed With a Kiss".

Megadeth are as well playing as ever, and Broderick brings a lot of shredding to the plate. "Endgame" is absolutely loaded with blistering guitar solos and lead guitar themes in top of the sharp thrash/heavy metal riffs and the powerful playing rhythm section. Mustaine sounds great on the album, although his voice and vocal style will always be an aquired taste. The sound production is courtesy of Mustaine and Andy Sneap, and although I could have wished for a slightly more organic production on the drums, the production is a high quality job. Powerful, sharp, and detailed, perfectly suiting the material. Upon conclusion "Endgame" is a strong release by Megadeth and a 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is fully deserved.
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