Megadeth- United Abominations (Roadrunner)

Featured — By on August 19, 2007 at 9:24 pm

“Hello me, it’s me again.” Roughly 25 years after being kicked to the curb by Metallica for being an unbearable drunk, Dave Mustaine is still at it with his own metal militia, Megadeth. Trends in metal (and Megadeth membership) have come and gone, but Mustaine and friends soldier on with only subtle shifts in musical direction. In 1986, their music was speed metal… since roughly 1992, it hasn’t been quite as speedy. As Spinal Tap in their infinite wisdom once said: “The more it stays the same, the less it changes.”

United Abominations strikes a nice balance between the streamlined mid-90′s Megadeth model and the math metal of their masterwork, 1990′s Rust In Peace. Even though enlisting James Lomenzo of White Lion on bass is questionable casting on Mustaine’s part, it doesn’t seem to weigh down Abominations one bit. “Sleepwalker” is a bracing opener featuring Mustaine wrestling with violent impulses and warning that “no one is safe when I close my eyes.” “Never Walk Alone” has that odd, almost jazzy Megadeth swing in its chorus (think “Hangar 18″), and James Hetfield may start hitting the bottle again if he gets a Load of “Gears Of War” in all its stomping glory. Alas, there are some points to be made against the U.A.: (1.) “Amerikhastan” is nearly cringeworthy with its ham-handed criticism of the Iraq war, (2.) re-recording Youthanasia‘s “A Tout Le Monde” to feature Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil could be perceived as an attempted cash-in aimed at the Evanescence set, and (3.) having a written endorsement from 24′s Jack Bauer (the character, not Kiefer Sutherland himself, mind you) in the liner notes is either the coolest or the gayest thing to happen in music this year- quite possibly the latter. Funny… I always pictured Jack as more of a Dylan guy.

RATING (1-10): 7

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