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Release date: 30 August 1999
Style: Hard rock

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01. Insomnia
02. Prince Of Darkness
03. Enter The Arena
04. Crush 'Em
05. Breadline
06. The Doctor Is Calling
07. I'll Be There
08. Wanderlust
09. Ecstasy
10. Seven
11. Time: The Beginning
12. Time: The End
13. Duke Nukem Theme [Japanese bonus]

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Rating:
3.0
Risk is crap. Here it is, I won't have to say it again. Dave Mustaine's jealousy of Metallica's succe$$ has blinded him. He has completely gone astray in his quest for radio broadcasting.
We all knew that the times of Megadeth playing speed-thrash were over since Countdown to Extinction, but hell, Youthanasia was a very good heavy metal album and Cryptic Writings contained great moments. Megadeth used to belong to the Big Four of Thrash, they don't have the right to release such a soup. You can expect that kind of album from a glam-rock band, but not from guys that have dominated metal genres all over the 90's.

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published 22.09.2003 | Comments (54)

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elekctric - 10.02.2010 at 18:00  
Rating: 6 Even Megadeth screws up huh ... but still better than St. Anger by thousands ....
Met@1lurg - 11.02.2010 at 14:34  
 
Written by elekctric on 10.02.2010 at 18:00

Even Megadeth screws up huh ... but still better than St. Anger by thousands ....

No, it is not better than St. Anger. St. Anger is shit but is sounds heavy. Risk is pop-corn.
Ahmad - 11.02.2010 at 14:58  
 
Written by Met@1lurg on 11.02.2010 at 14:34

Written by elekctric on 10.02.2010 at 18:00

Even Megadeth screws up huh ... but still better than St. Anger by thousands ....

No, it is not better than St. Anger. St. Anger is shit but is sounds heavy. Risk is pop-corn.

since when "heaviness" makes "bad music" good?!!
at least this album has solos...and good music writing despite it's genre
"Ecstasy" and "Wanderlust" are my favorite from this album.
Met@1lurg - 11.02.2010 at 15:11  
 
Written by Ahmad on 11.02.2010 at 14:58

Written by Met@1lurg on 11.02.2010 at 14:34

Written by elekctric on 10.02.2010 at 18:00

Even Megadeth screws up huh ... but still better than St. Anger by thousands ....

No, it is not better than St. Anger. St. Anger is shit but is sounds heavy. Risk is pop-corn.

since when "heaviness" makes "bad music" good?!!
at least this album has solos...and good music writing despite it's genre
"Ecstasy" and "Wanderlust" are my favorite from this album.

Ok. But I like "My World" from St. Anger. It is only one song from St. Anger, that i can say that it sounds "good heavy with some alternative". And guitar riffs are not bad. Many bands plays trash and many people think that "this album is good". A lot of trash riffs of many bands are boring. i do not like most of Megadeth's songs and music from past albums. And I do like Dave Mustain vocals.
Ahmad - 11.02.2010 at 15:36  
  Yeah...it's all personal taste...some people hate album "x" and some people likes it...it's just personal taste
but my point is you can't say an album is better than another one because it's heavy
elekctric - 11.02.2010 at 15:57  
Rating: 6 I really love Breadline ... And it is true "heaviness" does not make a good album ... Sometimes dynamics make things heavier , as in King Crimson music for example...
Promonex - 12.02.2010 at 01:35  
Rating: 2
Written by Met@1lurg on 11.02.2010 at 15:11

Written by Ahmad on 11.02.2010 at 14:58

Written by Met@1lurg on 11.02.2010 at 14:34

Written by elekctric on 10.02.2010 at 18:00

Even Megadeth screws up huh ... but still better than St. Anger by thousands ....

No, it is not better than St. Anger. St. Anger is shit but is sounds heavy. Risk is pop-corn.

since when "heaviness" makes "bad music" good?!!
at least this album has solos...and good music writing despite it's genre
"Ecstasy" and "Wanderlust" are my favorite from this album.

Ok. But I like "My World" from St. Anger. It is only one song from St. Anger, that i can say that it sounds "good heavy with some alternative". And guitar riffs are not bad. Many bands plays trash and many people think that "this album is good". A lot of trash riffs of many bands are boring. i do not like most of Megadeth's songs and music from past albums. And I do like Dave Mustain vocals.

While talking about "Risk" and "St. Anger" you should REALLY pay attention to the difference between trash and thrash...
DP_Megachiva - 20.02.2010 at 08:09  
Rating: 2 This album is terrible... it's pointless debating what album is worse, this or St.Anger, both are ridiculously awful due to different (but equally shameful) reasons...

It was a painful experience listening to this album...
Angelic Storm - 20.02.2010 at 09:30  
Rating: 7 For as much scorn as this album gets, I actually love a lot of the songs on it. Yep, Dave Mustaine completely sold out with this one, as he was trying to gain a number one album and mainstream popularity. In spite of that however, I think the album judged on it's own, is actually for the most part, pretty good. "Seven" and "Time: The End" are totally boring songs, and definitely the ones I like least. (Though both are trumped by the awful "Losing My Senses" from TWNAH as my least liked Megs song! ) Another gripe I have is "Wanderlust"'s main riff and chorus sounding waaay too similar to ''Wanted Dead Or Alive" by Bon Jovi for my liking. I mean, you can sing "Im a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride...." along with the chorus, and it's a perfect fit! Regardless of that shameless rip off of a pop rock band, I still like the song.

The rest of the songs range from good to great, regardless of their genre. At least to me. Dave certainly deserves the scorn for selling out (even though he had actually been doing that with every album from "Countdown...." onwards) but the album, at least for the most part is musically good enough to outweigh, the dubious reasons for their creation. So yep, I like "Risk" quite a bit!
JohnDoe - 11.04.2010 at 01:26  
Rating: 6 I have it and i like it too; I like it because i take it for what it is, surely there are some weak songs, I find I'll Be there to be Bon Jovi-esque, if it were bon jovi, i would probably be positively surprised, but it's unfortunately Megadeth. Crush'em has a Kiss - I was made for loving you vibe, but it's catchier than the flu in a rainy season . the rest of the album is ok with me, in small dozes.
Zombie - 18.04.2010 at 01:06  
Rating: 8 This isn't a "metal album" by any means, but goddamn its good music !
i liked this album, and i really think its good.
Jay-WalKeR - 08.05.2010 at 08:13  
Rating: 8 I like this album but I do not know why so low rating
thewall30 - 24.07.2010 at 01:17  
Rating: 8
Written by elekctric on 10.02.2010 at 18:00

Even Megadeth screws up huh ... but still better than St. Anger by thousands ....


I agree with you on that one!
vezzy - 24.07.2010 at 13:22  
Rating: 3
Written by thewall30 on 24.07.2010 at 01:17

Written by elekctric on 10.02.2010 at 18:00

Even Megadeth screws up huh ... but still better than St. Anger by thousands ....


I agree with you on that one!


Definitely.
Damage inc. - 29.07.2010 at 20:23  
Rating: 5 This album is horrible Megadeth sold out on this one
Zombie - 08.08.2010 at 02:28  
Rating: 8
Written by Damage inc. on 29.07.2010 at 20:23

This album is horrible Megadeth sold out on this one


Typical Metallica Fanboy.
JohnDoe - 08.08.2010 at 02:47  
Rating: 6
Written by Zombie on 08.08.2010 at 02:28

Written by Damage inc. on 29.07.2010 at 20:23

This album is horrible Megadeth sold out on this one


Typical Metallica Fanboy.


- some people forget Metallica sold out in 1991.
metalduster - 16.01.2011 at 23:55  
  I am fan of megadeth and i liked this album a lot-There are some pretty good tunes in there like breadline n i'll be there-my two favourites-Either way i dnt understand why people say its horrible-Dave mustane has incredible song-writing skills nd i think such people would have given a nine if megadeth was a pop band for this album
metalduster - 16.01.2011 at 23:57  
  And u can't compare st-anger with risk-St anger is DULL..Probably the worst album i've listened..I like metallica but this album has NOTHING pleasing
Kubina91 - 19.02.2011 at 18:32  
  This is shit
tallica4life - 21.03.2011 at 00:01  
 
Written by JohnDoe on 08.08.2010 at 02:47

Written by Zombie on 08.08.2010 at 02:28

Written by Damage inc. on 29.07.2010 at 20:23

This album is horrible Megadeth sold out on this one


Typical Metallica Fanboy.


- some people forget Metallica sold out in 1991.


And Megadeth in 1992
JohnDoe - 21.03.2011 at 00:09  
Rating: 6
Written by tallica4life on 21.03.2011 at 00:01

Written by JohnDoe on 08.08.2010 at 02:47

Written by Zombie on 08.08.2010 at 02:28

Written by Damage inc. on 29.07.2010 at 20:23

This album is horrible Megadeth sold out on this one


Typical Metallica Fanboy.


- some people forget Metallica sold out in 1991.


And Megadeth in 1992


still,90s Megadeth is miles better than 90s Metallica.
tallica4life - 21.03.2011 at 00:47  
 
Written by JohnDoe on 21.03.2011 at 00:09

Written by tallica4life on 21.03.2011 at 00:01

Written by JohnDoe on 08.08.2010 at 02:47

Written by Zombie on 08.08.2010 at 02:28

Written by Damage inc. on 29.07.2010 at 20:23

This album is horrible Megadeth sold out on this one


Typical Metallica Fanboy.


- some people forget Metallica sold out in 1991.


And Megadeth in 1992


still,90s Megadeth is miles better than 90s Metallica.


I can't agree with you on that. 90's Metallica > 90's Megadeth [excluding RIP] Just my opinion of course.
John Shock - 24.03.2011 at 00:59  
  I don't know about you guys but this is an exelent album, don't even compare st. anger to this one, never! St. Anger has moments that puts a guy to think "the guys who are playing this are really the metallica? (excluding the music st. anger, that one is really catchy i must admit, but the rest...:nono:)
megametallic0710 - 06.05.2011 at 05:14  
Rating: 7 I don't know about you guys but I like this album. It's a new way of Dave mustaine showing his feelings and he wanted something different than thrash. I think the songs are really cool, Ecstasy is my favorite. You guys only hate it because it's a megadeth album and you expect it to be heavy and fast. I think it's cool what dave and the guys did with the band. It went from pure Thrash metal (1985-1992), to Heavy metal (1994-1997), to Rock (1999), back to Heavy Metal (2001 and 2002) and then back to their thrash metal movements (2007-present). If you like Risk you're a true megadeth fan
Zaphod - 15.07.2011 at 13:23  
  I like Ecstasy, but overall I can't say I ever completely listened through this album without getting bored.
Lit. - 07.08.2011 at 03:32  
  By all standards, this is NOT a metal album. I'm not saying I hate it, but everytime I listen to a song on here I follow up with a song from Peace Sells or RiP.
Crush 'Em is a nice piece, though. Dave oughta Thrashify that song.
Troy Killjoy - 07.08.2011 at 03:35  
 
Written by Lit. on 07.08.2011 at 03:32

By all standards, this is NOT a metal album

I don't think anyone would argue with you there.
MickeyDeez79 - 13.08.2011 at 21:05  
Rating: 6 IMO, this album isn't as bad as everyone says it is, but it surely is nowhere near as good as KIMB, PSBWB, and RIP. I really like how this band is doing something different with their album, unlike Slayer has with any of their albums. This album has some songs I really enjoy, like Ecstacy, Breadline, Wanderlust, and I'll Be There, etc. Like I said before, these songs are nowhere near as good as their work in the 80s and early 90s, but still deserve some recognition. I haven't yet heard Time: The Beginning and The End and I am not sure if i am ever planning to.
Panic! - 02.09.2011 at 18:21  
Rating: 7 As far as Risk goes, I feel it has some great tunes and harmonies that were spoiled by the fact that none of it was played on electric guitars. If Megadeth were to decide to redo the album with a (huge) injection of metal, i think it could well come out on MS with a 7.
Insomnia has a great riff and Prince Of Darkness is good the whole ay through, and on a personal note I really like 7.
Apart from The Doctor Is Calling, of course. That is a blatant rip-off of One and The Thing That Should Not Be. Not even subtle.
AndMetalForAll - 09.10.2011 at 17:43  
Rating: 5 A bad album from a bad era of Megadeth...But Megadeth's bad era is still much better than the bad era of Metallica
dark_mar - 01.11.2011 at 23:14  
Rating: 10 For me the best Megadeth album...not for stupid metal heads. As always...something musical good without noise is bad:) The same is with 'load' and 'reload' from Metallica - their best albums but stupid metal heads prefer the same guitar boring things all the time…
dark_mar - 01.11.2011 at 23:14  
Rating: 10 For me the best Megadeth album...not for stupid metal heads. As always...something musical good without noise is bad:) The same is with 'load' and 'reload' from Metallica - their best albums but stupid metal heads prefer the same guitar boring things all the time…
Troy Killjoy - 01.11.2011 at 23:18  
  I must be one stupid motherfucker because this album is awful.
dave.deviant - 08.12.2011 at 15:28  
Rating: 9 I dunno why the album is so low on rating...???Yes, Mustaine wanted to sell out and he wanted a no. 1 seller album but wat the hell has that got to do with the music?? The music is Great . sure, its not that fast thrash Megadeth but it it still has some great songwriting, great solos, and hell, the vocals are top notch in this album. For the lyrics, Mustaine gave up his political statements for a while and tried some things more personal. All the ones dissing this album have either not heard it or are just 'tru-metalhead' posers who will just sit in their fuckin well and will not appreciate anything new. This was a great record in my opinion.
" if anybody else's name was on 'Risk,' it would have sold "
vezzy - 08.12.2011 at 15:41  
Rating: 3
Written by dave.deviant on 08.12.2011 at 15:28
This was a great album, and would surely sell if not for the name 'Megadeth' on it and mind you,.. Dave Mustaine has never made crap music. NEVER.:)


Your first sentence looks like you meant to say "wouldn't sell if not for the name Megadeth", then backspaced, kludged and forgot to fix the rest.

Also, the woooorld neeeeds a heeewooo...
Nick le Bel - 17.03.2012 at 00:46  
Rating: 8 For the straight metalheads this album sucks.. but for the open minded it's very good indeed
Troy Killjoy - 17.03.2012 at 00:59  
 
Written by Nick le Bel on 17.03.2012 at 00:46
...but for the open minded it's very good indeed

What?
@gent_-_orange - 17.03.2012 at 01:09  
  I think some people don't realise what open mindedness actually is.
Troy Killjoy - 17.03.2012 at 01:14  
 
Written by @gent_-_orange on 17.03.2012 at 01:09
I think some people don't realise what open mindedness actually is.

Some people think open-mindedness is the same as having a questionable taste in music.
@gent_-_orange - 17.03.2012 at 01:21  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.03.2012 at 01:14

Written by @gent_-_orange on 17.03.2012 at 01:09
I think some people don't realise what open mindedness actually is.

Some people think open-mindedness is the same as having a questionable taste in music.

If that's the case I would gladly label myself close minded. I know everyone has their own opinions but I cant see why anyone would like this album tbh, It just sounds like a shitty attempt to emulate 90's Metallica which was never great to begin with.
Troy Killjoy - 17.03.2012 at 01:26  
 
Written by @gent_-_orange on 17.03.2012 at 01:21
If that's the case I would gladly label myself close minded. I know everyone has their own opinions but I cant see why anyone would like this album tbh, It just sounds like a shitty attempt to emulate 90's Metallica which was never great to begin with.

Agreed. It's not like I go in listening to a new album thinking "I really hope this sucks. I hope I waste my time listening to it. I hope there are absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever." No. I go in thinking "I haven't heard this before. Maybe it'll be my new favorite album. Who knows, maybe I've uncovered a masterpiece. Or maybe it's just something I can come back to later if I like it."

I am as open-minded as I can be when it comes to music. It's the only area in my life where I'm optimistic. But regardless of my approach, albums like Risk just don't do anything for me.
@gent_-_orange - 17.03.2012 at 01:38  
 
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Agreed. It's not like I go in listening to a new album thinking "I really hope this sucks. I hope I waste my time listening to it. I hope there are absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever." No. I go in thinking "I haven't heard this before. Maybe it'll be my new favorite album. Who knows, maybe I've uncovered a masterpiece. Or maybe it's just something I can come back to later if I like it."

I am as open-minded as I can be when it comes to music. It's the only area in my life where I'm optimistic. But regardless of my approach, albums like Risk just don't do anything for me.


Indeed, I would consider myself open minded about music and willing to give anything a try regardless of what people say about it, But the Majority's opinion is right on with this one.

Keep listening man.
JohnDoe - 09.06.2012 at 21:37  
Rating: 6
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- some people forget Metallica sold out in 1991.


And Megadeth in 1992


still,90s Megadeth is miles better than 90s Metallica.


I can't agree with you on that. 90's Metallica > 90's Megadeth [excluding RIP] Just my opinion of course.


I've just noticed your user name and now I get your posts

Maybe Megadeth sold out in 1992, I won't argue with that; but still, in my humble opinion, the albums from Countdown to Extinction to Cryptic Writings are better than what Metallica did from the selftitled album to Reload. And I'm not that much into neither Metallica, nor Megadeth these days (if you were thinking you've got a Megadeth fanboy answer or attitude).
megadeath13 - 25.11.2012 at 18:47  
  The first megadeth dissapointment. Its as weak as St. anger but the war between megadeth and metallica is getting childish anyway.
Jaeryd17‍ - 15.01.2013 at 09:32  
Rating: 5 Not as bad as some people stay, but still bland and boring. As some people have said, I'd expect this from a glam band or something, not from Megadeth.
Vasil de Shumen - 15.01.2013 at 09:53  
Rating: 7
Written by Jaeryd17‍ on 15.01.2013 at 09:32

Not as bad as some people stay, but still bland and boring. As some people have said, I'd expect this from a glam band or something, not from Megadeth.

Actually this is a good album. Commercial moments are many, but it isn't bad. The songs are very well arranged and Marty played more than admirably.
Jaeryd17‍ - 15.01.2013 at 10:46  
Rating: 5
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 15.01.2013 at 09:53

Written by Jaeryd17‍ on 15.01.2013 at 09:32

Not as bad as some people stay, but still bland and boring. As some people have said, I'd expect this from a glam band or something, not from Megadeth.

Actually this is a good album. Commercial moments are many, but it isn't bad. The songs are very well arranged and Marty played more than admirably.

I didn't say it was bad, I just said it was not good. Kinda average stuff. Not something I'd spend money on, but I'm not bothered if anyone else likes this album.
Himedal - 28.04.2013 at 22:38  
Rating: 8
Written by elekctric on 10.02.2010 at 18:00

Even Megadeth screws up huh ... but still better than St. Anger by thousands ....


I totally agree

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