On June 17, 1997, Megadeth released their seventh album, Cryptic Writings. The album debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum the following year here in the US!
The lead single, "Trust" was released on May 8 of the same year and actually was nominated for a Grammy in 1998 for the Best Metal Performance. They lost to Tool for their song "Ænema", but just to know you were nominated is one hell of an honor. The song tells the story of trusting someone in a relationship after things have been said, promises have been broken, and yet you're still trying. Its quite the deep, thought provoking track really.
This album is a good mix of the themes I've heard from Megadeth thus far. There's still the stuff about "the man", government and all of that, but there's also talk of drugs, relationships, anger, ect. It covers a lot of bases, and that's something I honestly prefer. This whole album does make you stop and think quite a bit, which is nice.
A couple tracks I would like to acknowledge are "I'll Get Even", and "Use The Man."
"Use The Man" is actually more so talking about drug addicts and how it starts off with them using the drugs. Then it becomes an addiction, and really it becomes the drug using the man, sometimes all the way to death. This song expresses that, and while its incredibly dark, its very well done and does make you think.
There's not a ton to say for "I'll Get Even", it sort of speaks for itself. Its about going crazy over something someone did to you. You want to get even, and that's what this song is about.
Over all, they did a good job! Its not something I would turn on normally and just listen to while I do my normal daily things, but it definitely was nice to hear!
Be sure to check this album out, along with everything else Megadeth have released. They remain completely active today, and are soon going to be performing at many festivals here in the US that are coming up very soon. Those festivals include Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, Rock'n Derby,Rocklahoma, and River City Rockfest.
Also be sure to check out the reviews I've done so far for Megadeth! I'm trying to complete reviews for all of their albums, along with the rest for Fort Rock artists as well! Below is all that have been completed so far and more will be coming shortly! Stay tuned!
Risk- The World Needs A Hero -The System Has Failed - United Abominations - Thirteen -Super Collider -Dystopia
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.