The twelfth studio album from Megadeth, Endgame came out on September 15, 2009. It was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010, hit number one on the US Top Hard Rock Albums Charts and sold around 150,000 copies by April 2011. It did not win the Grammy, it sadly lost out to Judas Priest, but the fact that Megadeth can say they've been nominated for a Grammy Award eight times is freaking incredible! I think we all can agree on that.
When asked to describe the music, Dave Mustaine was once quoted saying that it was a riff-oriented album, but less melodic than the material they released in the mid-to-late 90's. Its also been said that they actually refereed back to some old tapes from rehearsals back in the day in the creation of this album. So they really went back to their roots for this one.
This album goes all over the place, lyrically. It talks about anything from The Lord Of The Rings to the financial crisis of 2007-2008, to insanity, torture and crime.
The album had two singles, which are "Head Crusher" and "The Right To Go Insane." Both of which are very hard hitting, very "in your face" tracks that would be killer live.
A track that stood out to me personally however, was "The Hardest Part Of Letting Go...Sealed With A Kiss." Because it doesn't talk about any of the things previously mentioned. It does talk about loving someone, letting them go, and then seaking revenge. Assumably they must have been very toxic, and now you want to not only let go but make them suffer some too. Perhaps not the most mature thing to do, but still fairly real. The song is very beautifully well written for what it is, and like a lot. It would also make a great music video, its a shame they didn't do one.
Over all, its a great album that they very clearly had a lot of fun making. Be sure to check it out, and head on over to Megadeth's website to see all they've got going on. Starting this week will be many festival performances, and 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 all of the reviews currently on the website for Megadeth! Almost every album they've ever released have been reviewed and put on Immortal Music! There's only a couple more remaining, and they will be up very shortly!
So far this is what has been done - Killing Is My Business- So Far, So Good, So What?- Youthanasia -Countdown to Extinction -Cryptic Writings- 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.