5/30/2007 - Review by: Eric Compton
Megadeth - United Abominations - 2007 - Roadrunner Records
The album's first cut, "Sleepwalker", sets the stage for the return of the boys, startling with its boom-boom-boom guitar riff rattle followed by a sinking groove. Listen to Mustaine and Glen Drover's duel solos midway, marked by Shawn Drover's crushing pattern on skins. "Washington Is Next!" follows with a riff seemingly lifted right out of Maiden's songbook, lyrically positioned in the heart of our current war-scarred regime. "Never Walk Alone...A Call To Arms" and "Play For Blood" are both straight up hard driven power cuts that seem to be right out of "Youthanasia's" skillful and catchy primer. The selection "Gears Of War" is a pulverizing lick of metallic groove, built on intense measures and delivering a catchy chorus reminiscent of the title track on "Countdown...". "Blessed Are The Dead" is probably my favorite of the whole bunch, a symbolic modern day look at the book of "Revelations", emphasized with a NWOBHM styling draped over a memorable chorus. I personally could have done without the record's first single, a reworking of "A Tout Le Monde" (from the "Youthanasia" record) with the vocals of Lacuna Coil's Christina Scabbia. The song sounds watered down compared to its mighty original form.
The Bottom Line - Easily the best Megadeth album since the mid 90s and a welcome return to the heart of the band's sound.
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