Megadeth - United Abominations review
|Release date:||May 2007|
02. Washington Is Next!
03. Never Walk Alone... A Call To Arms
04. United Abominations
05. Gears Of War
06. Blessed Are The Dead
07. Play For Blood
08. À Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free) [feat. Cristina Scabbia]
10. You're Dead
11. Burnt Ice
12. Out On The Tiles [Led Zeppelin cover] [Japanese bonus]
In Megadeth's catalogue, United Abominations sits in an awkward place coming right after a great comeback album, The System Has Failed, and right before an even greater comeback album, Endgame. Yet it is better than neither of the two. I have no idea what Dave was trying to do on this album. It's not a failure by any means, but isn't an excellent album either and, as I've noticed, disappointed many old-school Megadeth fans.
First of all, the music on United Abominations is back to a more thrashy style. It's not the watered-down 90s sound of Cryptic Writings or the horrific Risk, but it's not Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? or Rust In Peace either. There are a few memorable riffs on the album, such as in "Gears Of War" and "Sleepwalker." However, one rather irritating thing about the album is the number of solos. Take "Burnt Ice" for example with little guitar breaks after every vocal line in the verses that the liner notes refer to as "solos." To me, a solo is not a 6-second break but something longer and extended. Also, this album is somewhat chorus-centred which, while not being bad, can at times make the songs seem a bit more intentionally catchy and commercial, which is not a good quality in my opinion. The remake of "A Tout Le Monde," is highly unnecessary, worse than the original and just a cry for commercial attention.
The lyrics are probably the biggest disappointment on the album ranging from silly to just outright laughable. Sometimes there are actually random rants in the songs, such as on the title track and "Amerikhastan." Dave has always been one to put his political views into his music, but he ordinarily does so in an intelligent, cynical manner instead of random ranting. The lyrics on this album are also quite a step down from previous releases. For instance this part of "Sleepwalker": "The angel of death is pissed off at me again just because I got to put you out of my misery..." Now compare that to some lyrics from "Rust In Peace": "High priest of holocaust/Fire from the sea/Nuclear winter, spreading disease/The day of final conflict, all pay the price/The third world war rapes peace, takes life." For me, it is quite clear which lyrics are better. It's not a question whether Dave could do better but why he isn't doing better instead.
Other than that, the music is of fairly decent quality, although the bass (James Lomenzo) is definitely no Dave Ellefson. Another disappointment on this album is that the bass is less audible than when Dave E. was in the band. United Abominations has some high points but many low points. If you're a die-hard Megadeth fan who simply must have their entire discography, get this album. If you're someone who's just getting into them and only wants their best releases, then stay away from it.
|Here it is, the latest release from the 'Dave Mustaine Experience'. One thing I have noticed is there doesn't seem to be one person standing middle-ground on this album, it's either a love or hate type thing. I'll try and put my sentimental attachments to this album aside and look at it from a rational point of view.
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|Who thought that Dave Mustaine, after being kicked out of Metallica, would be able to unleash one of the best known and most successful thrash acts in the metal world? Who thought that Megadeth would succeed to get a rightful place in the "big four" of the thrash metal bands along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer? Well I personally think that all the credit goes to those three words " Rust In Peace ", the band's 1990 landmark album. No matter what Megadeth produce, if it's good, we will obviously love it and if it's bad we will eventually end up making excuses for it, simply because Rust In Peace is a masterpiece from the past which permantly continue to cast a shadow over anything Megadeth have done or ever will do. Oh yes, 1990 is a year to be remembered, 2007 is a year to be forgotten for who's claiming to be the Uncle Sam of metal.
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