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Super Collider
August 2013
Released: 2013, Trademark
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Erich

I feel a bit of déjà-vu here, recalling my attempt to review Black Sabbath’s 13 last month and questioning if it was necessary. Folks have made up their mind about this album, and Megadeth has been around long enough that most people will judge the album for themselves without relying on reviews. A few quick info snippets first, nevertheless. SUPER COLLIDER is Megadeth’s 14th studio album, and first on Mustaine’s own label Tradecraft. Mustaine has become adept at making great sounding albums while mostly avoiding releasing total duds (except for RISK). SUPER COLLIDER continues that trend of great sounds and enough decent tunes to prevent it from being a total disaster.

“Kingmaker” is the opener that you would expect, one of the heavy tunes on an album with very few , but on top of that it is a worthy song, one that portends good, if not exactly great things. The album’s first single, the title track, is up next and here is where the first real signs of doubt and consternation entered my mind. “Super Collider” is a rock song, and not a good one. Mustaine was on VH1’s “That Metal Show” and seemed almost apologetic for it, stating “Obviously that’s the single, it’s a radio track and you know, with the way that the music industry is…”. At that point, he was interrupted by Don Jamieson but my immediate thought was, “But Dave, this album was released on YOUR label!” Thankfully, “Super Collider” is over early in the running order and and while their are other commercial leaning tunes, they are better than the title track. “Burn” opens with a ripping solo and restores some of the promise of the opener, until a fairly anemic and commercial chorus. “Build For War” is a slower, less intense version of “Holy Wars”, the similarities between the two songs cropping up here and there. Unexpected cold water shock comes with the banjo picked opening to “The Blackest Crow” which continues into the verse and to my ears does not seem to complement the hanging distorted chords.

Guitar wise, Mustaine and Chris Broderick put on a clinic of precise riffs, and well-crafted solos all set to an unfortunately uniform mid-paced tempo. Vocally, I wish Mustaine would put himself further back in the mix and just kinda mumble. When he tries to actually sing and put personality into the songs, it just does not seem to work, partly because Mustaine was never a great singer, but also because he no longer has any anger and intensity to help make up for his deficiencies. The album basically mirrors Mustaine’s vocals, sounding slow and low on energy even if some of the riffs and music are actually pretty cool. Lyrically, Mustaine is as uninspired as most of the music, some being down right cringe worthy. There is a guest appearance from David Draiman of Disturbed on “Dance In The Rain”, a moody and introspective tune that is a bit experimental but not heavy or fast. Draiman also makes an appearance on “Forget To Remember”, a song that is centered around a melodic and uncharacteristically poppy chorus for Megadeth.

On the positive side, Mustaine is clearly writing the music he wants, and is no longer trying to shift styles from album to album in an attempt to appeal to Megadeth’s entire wide and varied fan base. Nobody expects him to re-write RUST IN PEACE, and the music reflects where Mustaine is in his life; content, satisfied, and slowing things down to make more diverse and experimental songs. As a result, SUPER COLLIDER is hard rock album that occasionally crosses the line into heavy metal. However, expect almost no thrash. In the grand scheme of things, it is a decent mid-paced album but certainly not very heavy and sure to be an album that either grows on folks, or is immediately and categorically dismissed. Take your pick.
Track Listing

1 Kingmaker

2 Super Collider

3 Burn!

4 Built for War

5 Off the Edge

6 Dance in the Rain

7 The Beginning of Sorrow

8 The Blackest Crow

9 Forget to Remember

10 Don't Turn Your Back...

11 Cold Sweat


Dave Mustaine – lead vocals, lead, rhythm, acoustic guitar and slide guitars
Chris Broderick – lead, rhythm, acoustic guitars and backing vocals
David Ellefson – bass guitar and backing vocals
Shawn Drover – drums, percussion

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Super Collider
August 2013
Released: 2013, Tradecraft
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos

Megadeth is a super collider as the album’s title notifies. The Mega Death is back, like the murder does in the location of crime. Megadeth aren’t late to do their reappearance, as only 2 years have passed from their latest album (‘Thirteen’).‘Super Collider’, starts with a ‘crazy’ and dynamically exceptional ingressive drain, entitled ‘Kingmaker’. It seems that there a good enough guitar relationship between Mustaine and Broderick, which seems to has grown ripe. The second track of the album, ‘Super Collider’ is the first CD single of their last elaboration. The solos are continued in this speedy track combining this speed with a melodic chorus. The breakdowns are one by one joint with the melodic refrain. ‘The Blackest Crow’ is the huge storm comes after the dead calm, an aggressive song with the well-known megadeth-ic guitar solos flavored with a country taste. Assuredly, this track can settle in their live set list. David Draiman is the special Mega-guest of the album as he is featured as vocalist in ‘Dancing in the Rain’ track. Megadeth is back to show to us who can bring death whenever he wants. If it’s the last Megadeth release, then it gonna be a very special and valuable ending. Another album that I have shifted ‘play’ button again, although I would like to listen to this album with Vic Rattlehead together (he is missing from the album cover for one more time).

SUPER COLLIDER exhibits for one more time the rhythm ability and agility of Mega-dave, as such his melodic side. The album cannot be considered as an all time classic album. The trend of the new album is clearly more straight and ‘commercial’. Working with Draiman (Disturbed / Device) at compositions is something that clearly indicates that. If we had to find similarities with earlier works, my mind was going a little on "Countdown To Extinction" and some of its guitar riffs, and "Cryptic Writings" for the simplified synthetic approach. In the terms of mixing and production stuff is exemplary. In almost 50 minutes, the listener will hear up tempo tracks like the opening "Kingmaker", the "Don't Turn Your Back ..." and "Built For War". The "Off The Edge" grooves fine, while the title song along with "Burn!" (mainly due to the refrain and solo) that is nearest to the hard rock could be composed by Mustaine.
Track Listing

1. Kingmaker
2. Super Collider
3. Burn!
4. Built for War
5. Off the Edge
6. Dance in the Rain
7. Beginning of Sorrow
8. The Blackest Crow
9. Forget to Remember
10. Don't Turn Your Back...
11. Cold Sweat


Dave Mustaine Guitars, Vocals
Chris Broderick Guitars
David Ellefson Bass
Shawn Drover Drums

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