Megadeth // Super Collider
Rating: 1.5/5.0 — Free Chris Broderick!!
Label: Tradecraft Records
Websites: megadeth.com  |  myspace.com/megadeth
Release Dates: Out now!

Megadeth-Super-ColliderI know we at AMG have had our issues with Dave Mustaine in the past and God knows we’ve certainly had our problems with a good portion of his band’s recorded output in recent years, but I still root for the guy on some level. After all the drama, drugs, depression and divahood, the man still helped invent thrash and put Metallica on the map before going on to release some seriously awesome albums on his own. That being said, it really seems as if he’s given up on releasing quality music since 2009s Endgame. Th1rt3en was a barely tolerable mess of clichéd hard rock ideas and average, but stale Megadeth rehashes, and while that album has aged miserably, it’s the freakin Sistine Chapel of metal compared to the blight that is Super Collider. Yes, Dave has retreated further down the rabbit hole of conspiracy-laden hard rock and psuedo-metal, with a large chunk of the material sounding like outtakes from Alice Cooper‘s late 80’s pop-metal comeback. To aid him on this folly, he recruited Disturbed frontman David Draiman who lends guest vocals and assists with some song writing. If that isn’t distressing enough, his parts are actually some of the better moments here! I’ll tell you all upfront, this was one of the more difficult listens I’ve had in a long time and I hate to bash a living legend, but I’m pretty much forced to!

Those who heard Th1rt3en won’t be all too shocked by the sound of tracks like “Kingmaker,” “Burn” or the title track. It’s Dave’s amalgam of the lighter Megadeth material and bare bones hard rock. While it might have looked good on paper, this stuff is tepid, lukewarm and devoid of a soul and “Burn” has a chorus so cheesy and cock rocky, it actually makes me feel embarrassed for Dave.

Similar songs like “Off the Edge” and  “Beginning of Sorrow” come a tad closer to respectable, but are still painfully dull and don’t offer anyMegadeth reason to play them again (and lyrics like “his first name’s ward, his last is of the state” don’t help either). The boys channel just enough Pantera during “Built for War” to make you wish you were actually spinning a Pantera album and/or watching Phil kick Dave around the bayou for shits and giggles. Even worse is the attempted foray into Mumford & Sons banjo rock on “The Blackest Crow.” It’s awkward, ham-fisted and not what I want to hear on a Megadeth album.

Somewhat better is “Dance in the Rain” which channels a little of the band’s original grit as Dave drops some timely bitching about government overreach and fears of Big Brother. Draiman’s vocals are actually a boon to the song and give it some added attitude and though Dave’s a conspiracy nutter, I’m not opposed to the swipes he takes at Obama here [They’d be easier to take seriously if he was politically literate. Unfortunately, his reasoning appears to be “I don’t like Obama because: Alex Jones!” – AMG] (it also has the best riffing on the whole album). The last three songs all step up the quality a bit, with some decent ideas, but none are good enough to make me spin this albatross again.

MustaineThe only redeeming thing to be found here is the guitar-work of mega talent Chris Broderick and his interplay with Dave. Broderick is a true fretboard beast and though he’s severely limited by the cardboard nature of the tunes, his talent still shines. He and Dave play well off each other and some interesting moments do happen from time to time. Sadly, all those moments takes place within poor songs, which is a classic case of Yngwie-itis. The rest of the band have their talents equally wasted on the bland metal/rock and I feel particularly bad for David Ellefson. Vocally, Dave sounds washed out and disinterested. While he was never a gifted vocalist, here he just grumbles and snarls through the songs with a flat affect. Even Ozzy has more life to his vocals on the new Sabbath and that guy has about eight feet in the fucking grave, so what’s Dave’s excuse?

Any further beating of this dead horse would be corpse abuse, so I digress. Megadeth is now in a death race with Annihilator to see which once respected thrash band can humiliate themselves more. While the safe money is on Annihilator, Super Collider clearly makes Megadeth a tempting dark horse. Endgame seems a long, long time ago, doesn’t it?

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  • George Bowles

    I feel the same way, I want him to be good again, but it is insane, since he hasn’t put out top notch material since Rust In Peace.

  • Ar318307

    So, so bad.

  • HohenheimOL

    I don’t think it’s possible to overstate how godawful the title track is. I mean, I’ll play devil’s advocate and say that I always really liked Mustaine’s vocal style, but hearing him try and sing slowly and melodically, I just want to claw my ears out. It’s like everything wrong with his vocal style at once and amplified a thousandfold. So terrible, and somehow Mustaine thought and most likely still thinks all this shit is somehow a good idea.

    • Here’s Johnny

      agreed. that’s what happens when you surround yourself with yes men though. someone shoulda told him that’s not a good idea. broderick and drover are in this for the salary and touring the world can’t hate them for that but they are going through the motions. did you see the webcam studio reports mustaine telling broderick how to play everything?

      • HohenheimOL

        God no. I heard the title track and dreaded it in the days leading up to its release, and after hearing the album proper, I decided I was going to pretend Megadeth hadn’t released an album since 2009.

        Honestly though, I really don’t think Broderick is as amazing as a guitarist as people think he is. He has talent, certainly; he can shred like a demon and he did a great job in Endgame, but he lacks skill and refinement. I have to wonder if he even writes his own guitarwork, or if he just plays what people tell him to play.

        • Here’s Johnny

          yeh i mean i think broderick does have great talent but maybe he should do a solo album so we can really hear him without any other influences or being constrained.

  • Really unfortunate decision making with the last two records… okay, Thirteen had a couple decent tracks. They were on a bit of a roll there with System through Endgame. Can’t understand why Mustaine thinks another Risk type endeavor will be successful. This will be the first Megadeth album coming out since I’ve been a fan that I will not be buying. I’m kinda sad about that.

  • RilesBell

    Never understood the fascination with Broderick. I can’t remember a single solo from the guy. Sure he has the technical ability but what about crafting a memorable tune? Friedman and Poland.. man those guys could write some mean solos. Good review btw, Megadeth has been dead since 2004.

    • Poland wasn’t that great imo, but I do think Broderick is excellent. He’s got some serious chops. But you know who’s better than all of ’em? Ryan Knight. That kid.

  • metaden

    record of the month for MAY hasn’t been posted yet.

  • Shahir Chagan

    I’ve never been a Megadeth fan, yet I’ve tried to listen to their albums just to see what the hype was about. Seeing this come out badly is no big surprise, since the only track I like from this decade is ‘Return to Hangar’ on The World Needs A Hero.
    And I wasn’t even much of a Rust in Peace fan either. Without trying to sound like some elitist asshole or anything, I really think Megadeth’s first 2 albums are the only worthwhile things I’ve heard from them. And I love those albums, due to the intense speed metal + jazz injection that made them so good.
    Oh well, we’ll never see THAT Mustaine again.

    • Here’s Johnny

      when you said you didnt like RIP, i stopped reading. i dunno how you can like metal but not love that album. its like saying i love opera but that fucking fat fuck Pavarotti sucks.

      • Shahir Chagan

        I do like Rust in Peace, but that’s kind of the last album of theirs I liked and it was largely due to Marty Friedman’s and Nick Menza’s work. Otherwise, for me, the truly original side of Megadeth is written in those first 2 albums. Just listen to the riffs in Killing is My Business… That’s what hooked me.

  • Damn, Steel… that was pretty painful to read. I was interested in hearing Broderick (lots of hype) but I don’t know if I’m that interested. I still respect Mustaine a ton for what he’s done for metal, but I think it’s clear that he just sucks now. I have no idea how he pulled off Endgame.

    Halfway into 2013 and it’s been pretty boring and/or disappointing. All my hopes are now on Amon Amarth and Ayreon.

    • Listen to Jag Panzer albums like Age of Mastery, Thane to the Throne and Mechanized Warfare. Broderick was on them and they are WAY better than this piece of candy colored crud.

  • Steve

    It’s so depressing when you first heard Endgame and thought… “yeah this is pretty good, hopefully they can push on from here and release another modern thrash classic, like say Enemy of God or Tempo of the Damned” Massive shame it’s got this bad.

  • Realkman666

    Is it the new Risk?

    • Robert Turnbull

      I don’t mind Risk – it’s not classic Megadeth, but I quite like it anyway! This, however, just sounds as though Mustaine couldn’t be bothered – I didn’t make it through most of the songs.

      • Realkman666

        I was surprised by how it holds up even today. It’s kinda fun, but just not great.

    • Worse than Risk.

  • Ernesto Aimar

    IMO, “Cryptic Writings” was the last fair album Megadeth put out. Since then, non of it’s album have any consistency, and all they can offer are a bunch of good moments or parts scattered throughout.
    Against all odds, new Sabbath really surprised me. There’s some really good stuff over there

    • Here’s Johnny

      endgame was great and everyone thought megadeth were on a good path again, but mustaine has hit the self destruct button. shoulda guessed that would happen.

  • Eryops

    I didn’t even know that this was a thing until it popped up here, and I, being a sucker for punishment, checked out the title track. Something in it reminded me of Def Leppard, and then I thought of how Def Leppard is way heavier than this.

    Time to clean my ears with some Pyromania.

    • Here’s Johnny

      you know time is up for megadeth when def leppard sounds heavier for sure.

  • Endgame was a great record. And made me think Megadeth were back. And while 13 wasn’t brilliant there was plenty I enjoyed on it. But Supercollider is pretty damn poor. Broderick has some great moments – as does Dave in guitar solos, but the songs are not good enough. Real shame. My three year old boy loves it though.

  • Andres Pintos Nocerino

    i think red lamb 1st. álbum is better than this

  • KingKuranes

    I might just have really low expectations for Megadeth, because I thought this was about what to expect from them at this point. I think Risk was worse though – “Super Collider” is still better than “Crush ‘Em” (shudder).
    Funny thing about Draiman’s vocals – they came on and I actually welcomed them (shudder again).

  • thetruthandnothingbut

    This album is terrible! burn baby burn??? can you believe dave mustaine wrote that?? Also, Chris broderick is an outstanding guitar player but quit hyping him!! HE is a virtuoso but his creativity is questionable and with every record quality goes down, he should be on a shredding band trying to break a speed world record or something

    • I’m not hyping so much as pointing out his playing is the only worthwhile thing on this album.

      • thetruthandnothingbut

        True, my quit hyping comment was not directed to you SD, just to fans in general, I think Chris skills would better suit a different band.

  • Here’s Johnny

    this album sucks completely and mustaine sounds so tired on it. what the flying fuck is it though with slagging off Annihilator at the end of the review. I saw them live a couple years back and they ruled. The last few albums have been very solid too.

    • Annihilator has been trending downward steadily for a long time. The last one was terrible.

      • Here’s Johnny

        no way man. they had been going downward for a long time and it took padden a while to really settle in and become a good frontman. he nails the old and new tracks live. the last self titled album was pretty good so was ‘metal’. they were not terrible. they kicked arse here on the last uk tour and the places were packed out.

  • Karate Champ

    looks like I’m the only one who loves this album…

  • Raven

    i guess better than rust in peace