Megadeth — "Th1rt3en" Review 4.5 out of 5 stars
Wed, 02 Nov 2011 10:28:25
"I am invincible," growls Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine on "Public Enemy No. 1," the first single from Th1rt3en.
The frontman certainly sounds like it. In fact, Th1rteen is Megadeth's most simultaneously infectious and fiery record since Countdown to Extinction. Mustaine has mastered the art of combining fleet-fingered fret virtuosity and tight, taught songwriting, yielding a metal record for the ages in the process.
After a deluge of soloing, "Sudden Death" ignites a full-blown sonic air raid from Mustaine and co. Shawn Drover bashes through a bruising beat, while David Ellefson's bass shakes the ground itself. Mustaine's six-string counterpart, Chris Broderick, remains one of the most impressive players in the game. Not only can he tear through leads like a beast, but he provides a riffing counterpoint for the frontman, fortifying Megadeth's assault here.
Mustaine's snarl ravages and roars on the arena-ready hook of "Public Enemy No. 1" as a guitar gallop stomps in tandem. "There's no time to stay with the enemies I've made," he intones. However, he leaves them all in the dust once the solo hits.
"Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)" boasts an immortal rock 'n' roll swagger that rises from the singer's cinematic lyrics. "Guns, Drugs, & Money" builds on that archetype with a Warren Zevon-style eloquence. "Never Dead" marches from a soft drum roll into one of the speediest thrash beatdowns we've seen since the '80s. It's a classic Megadeth ripper, and it's bound to have you begging for more.
After a soaring solo "Millenium of the Blind" climbs into epic territory, mixing the tuneful nature of Youthanasia with the somber side of something like "My Last Words". The journey comes to a brilliant close with "13". A gorgeous classical guitar intro entwines with an electric solo as Mustaine tells a painful, poignant, and poetic personal tale. It's reflective and introspective. It's also one of Megadeth's best tunes ever.
Are Megadeth invincible? Hell yeah, and they're only getting stronger after 13 albums.
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