number of songs: TIE! (ten + a bonus track)
album art: cob (actual art, not just an half-assed snapshot photoshopped to within an inch of its life, megadeth)
bonus trackness: tie! (Thin Lizzy’s “Cold Sweat” is slightly classier than Loudness’s “Crazy Nights”, but Laiho puts more energy into “Crazy Nights” than Mustaine’s whole band does on “Cold Sweat”.)
actual tracks: Bodom, by a landslide. This is their first disc in the last seven or eight years that I’ve caught myself head-nodding to (that’s headbanging when you’re old and at home) and I’m digging the complimentary guitaring again: “Waste of Skin” eight seconds on either side of the one-minute mark, the first solo break in “Bodom Blue Moon,” the haunting lilts under the verse for “Scream of Silence”, with that one “accidental” note(?)!
Meanwhile, I couldn’t find ANYTHING noteworthy in the new Megadeth record, and that hasn’t happened since Risk. I mean, who gave Dave a fuckin’ BANJO (“The Blackest Crow”)!? Even 2011’s Th1rt3en had “Never Dead,” “Black Swan,” and “Wrecker”!
WINNER: Children of Bodom / Halo of Blood :)
(Super Collider needed Dave Mustaine’s ~large hadrons~ but all he brought to bear was some buckyballs.)