I figured that it was about time that I finally put my thoughts down on paper in regards to Megadeth’s latest release, “Super Collider.” I have been fighting doing this review for a little while as to not sound too harsh on a band that I have all the respect in the world for. First and foremost, I will not spend this review speaking about one of the most polarizing figures in metal, Dave Mustaine. This review will be strictly on their music… as it should be.
Their fourteenth album, “Super Collider,” is a bit of a throwback for the band, but not to times like classic alsbums such as “Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?” or “Rust in Peace.” It has much more in common with releases like “Risk” and “The World Needs a Hero,” which were not well received back in their day and are still frowned upon by the majority of Megadeth’s fan base.
The album starts off on a high note with Kingmaker, which is the type of high-octane track that you would expect from one of the pioneers of classic thrash metal. The riffwork and interplay between Mustaine and fellow axe-mate Chris Broderick is on full display. It gives the listener high hopes for what is to come. Dave Ellefson is always exciting to listen to as well.
Of course, if you have followed, the last couple of releases from the band, you know that they suffer from a bit of rushed writing and lack of focus. While there are always a few tracks that get you going, there are bound to be the average songs that do nothing for you. That is not to say that they are bad songs, but when you are listening to a band like Megadeth, average just does not cut it.
The next track of importance is Burn! with its throwback sound and more great guitar tandem work. Dance in the Rain is another track worth your time on the album. David Draiman from Device and Disturbed lends vocals to the track. It is far from astounding, but not a bad song at all. Broderick’s lead work is (as always) melodic and powerful.
The ultra-lame parts of the album are their poor attempt at groove metal with Built For War and the unexplainable The Blackest Crow with its banjo work. Those kinds of things have no place on a Megadeth record and were ill-advised.
Overall, the album is a mixed bag, but the majority of the music is barely even metal. Believe me, I listen to many genres of music. While metal is near and dear to me, I listen to various types of music and appreciate it for what it is. When I am listening to Megadeth though, I want metal – not rock. While we gave them a pass on “Endgame” and “Thirt3en,” “Super Collider” is a tough pill to swallow.