Album Review
Megadeth - TH1RT3ENMegadeth – TH1RT3EN

Following on from the success of one of the bands most technical and possibly heaviest album to date (“Endgame”), Mega Dave and company are back with latest offering “TH1RT3EN”. This album marks the triumphant return original and founding bass player David Elfson, the last time Elfson played on an album was a decade ago on 2001’s “The World Needs A Hero”. Will this tremendous addition to the crew bring back some of the old school writing styles some of the all time classics possessed or are we looking at a new era for Megadeth?

Having had the past 2 albums be pretty heavy in comparison to the mountains of previous songs that predated them, one would only expect this to release to be of the same nature. After hearing opening track “Sudden Death” it becomes apparent that this is not the case. It definitely seems to me as though the band are trying to get back to their roots in writing in a style more “Rust in Peace” but trying to keep some of the distinctive techniques that have been present from “United Abominations” onwards. The extremely intricate guitar work is still here with Chris Broderick’s tremendous skills at work, but the riffs and chord sequences are trying to return to the original simplistic thrash metal style.

The prime example that shows what I’m talking about at its best is “Public Enemy No.1”, it’s just smooth and the palm muting and chord sequences are overlaid with fills and riffs with Dave Mustaine’s whiney yet fitting vocals laced into the mix. The question remains though is it the best work that Megadeth has produced? After giving the whole thing a listen picking out a few brilliant tracks like “Deadly Nightshade”, “Whose Life (Is It Anyway)” and “Fast Lane” which are easily the best tracks from the album, I can say that whilst this is a pretty impressive album I just don’t feel that it’s as strong as the past 2.

The reason being that I feel that the material on those albums showed huge progression stylistically especially considering how many years Dave has been putting out albums it was a huge turning point in the bands careers, a new era was expected for Megadeth and whilst this release is good, it kills all hope of that happening.


Review by James Webb
 Band Members
Megadeth - Band
Dave Mustaine
David Ellefson
Chris Broderick
Shawn Drover
 Track Listing
1. Sudden Death
2. Public Enemy No.1
3. Whose Life (Is It Anyways)
4. We The People
5. Guns, Drugs & Money
6. Never Dead
7. New World Order
8. Fast Lane
9. Black Swan
10. Wrecker
11. Millenium of the Blind
12. Deadly Nightshade
13. 13
 Band Related Links
Megadeth Myspace
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?