Megadeth’s thirteenth album finds them reaching back to their roots with a recording that features a distinctive appeal their fans have come to expect and love from Megadeth. Blistering guitar solos? Check. Politically charged lyrics? Check. What may surprise you, however, is that after almost 30 years as a band Dave Mustaine and company have still found room to grow. Songs such as “Millennium of the Blind” and “13” show a band that knows where they excel, yet are still willing to delve into new territories.
One of the more pleasant surprises on Th1rt3een is how this album flows together. From start to finish the progression feels natural and the tracks complement each other leading to an album that flies by before you realize what hit you. Many of its songs, such as “Public Enemy No. 1,” “Whose Life (Is It Anyway?)” and “Black Swan” will get under your skin and melt your face, while others such as “We The People” show the band returning to what they do best. The lyrical content is solid. A major theme throughout Th1rt3een is living life your own way, as evident on the albums’ 1st single “Public Enemy No. 1” (Al Capone) and its 2nd single “Whose Life (Is It Anyways).” The return of longtime bassist Danny Ellefson brings a sense of familiarity to a band that is as well known for their dynamic music as it is for a revolving door of band members.
Dave Mustaine sticks to his strengths as a songwriter which leads to an album that will definitely keep you listening intently throughout. Musically, the songs are distinctive enough that listeners will be able to find something they not only will like but may even discover a few new favorite songs. The music is high-octane and the songs flow together well enough where the overall result is an enjoyable album with a breakneck pace. Two songs from Thirt3een, “Sudden Death” and “Public Enemy No. 1” were nominated in the Best Metal Performance category at the 53rd & 54th Grammy Awards, respectively.
Finally getting back to basics after a string of late-90s albums that strayed from what made them famous, Megadeth, more specifically Dave Mustaine, decided that the best way to move forward was to look back. Whatever Mustaine decides to do will be the next step for Megadeth, as it always has been. His controversial methods as a band leader are part of Megadeth’s appeal and this will never change when the results are as enjoyable as they are.
Reviewer: Jason Chastain
IRC: Bill Pulice
Powered by Facebook Comments