Megadeth – Super Collider
Reviewed by Kylie McInnes
An 18-24 month release cycle for a solidly established veteran band? I think that’s a bit too much for a group with one primary songwriter. Megadeth, while one of my personal favorite thrash bands, has been coasting on a string of solid-yet-lacking albums since “coming back” after Dave Mustaine’s arm injury. Generally, these albums have boasted a few incredible songs topped off with a tiresome mishmash of generic power-thrash-trad filler. I was hoping for something more consistent (their last quality album was 2001’s The World Needs A Hero), but sometimes hopes can be dashed.
After hearing the lead-off single title track, I died a little inside. The mental image conjured by the combination of words “Megadeth” and “Super Collider” was that of two screaming freight trains smashing head-on in epic fury. In reality, it was closer to a kitten falling into a fluffy feather pillow. As expected, I spent the last month and a half or so dreading the second coming of Risk.
The subsequent release of the more thrashy “Kingmaker” got my hopes back up to something less sucky (like The System Has Failed). So what if it’s essentially a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Children Of The Grave?” You can’t go wrong yanking Tony Iommi riffs; you just need to be prepared to face the criticism.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of the album is much more similar to the title track than “Kingmaker”: wallowing in mid-tempo mediocrity, but still tantalizing you with the prospects of maybe, just maybe finishing in a “Peace Sells”-style blaze of glory. “Dance In The Rain” kind of achieves that, but is still fronted by 3 minutes of boring music.
“Don’t Turn Your Back…” closes the album on something of a high note, at least. Ok, so it would be filler on Youthanasia, but I’m trying to stay positive here. Chris Broderick shines. Now I’m out of positives.
Outside of “Kingmaker,” there’s nothing going on that isn’t a Chris Broderick solo (whose talents are totally wasted on this album, I might add). I was genuinely bored listening to this album, and that just shouldn’t happen with Megadeth. This certainly isn’t a good representation of even bad Megadeth from this millennium, and is only one notch above Risk for worst album in the band’s discography.
Sorry, but when I think Megadeth, I don’t think generic mid-tempo modern rock.