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 Colliderneeded Dave Mustaine’s ~large hadrons~ but all he brought to bear was some buckyballs.)
Dan Spitz (ex-Anthrax) does his best Megadeth imitation with Red Lamb, a “band” (Spitz + a singer + a hired-hand drummer) AND album that came out eleven months ago with no marketing push despite being “co-produced” by Dave Mustaine.
I kinda dig it.
It’s like if Countdown to Extinction had been done in the risible Pitrelli/deGrasso era, without the magic that Marty Friedman and Nick Menza brought to the table. But it’s still Mustainian, and therefore still cool.
In fact, a lot of people online thought they WERE listening to Mustaine singing and playing! At several points, I sure did.
This album has lots of tight riffs servicing memorable melodies. However, the vocals are a bit too spoken-word (think “Hello me, meet the real me” times twelve), and the drums were given short shrift in the mix (some EQing might’ve helped them stand out a bit). But there’s certainly worse Megadeth albums out there!
Cool album art too. :)
Recommended track: “Watchmen”, but not so much for the music as the “free _____” line @1:50, which had me laughing as I walked along my Brooklyn street.