Risk, which was released on August 31, 1999 is the eighth studio album from Megadeth. This as the first album in nine years to feature a lineup change. This was the debut of Jimmy Degrasso , who was with them until 2002, playing drums. He also worked with bands like Suicidal Tendencies, Ministry, and Alice Cooper.
This is also the last album to feature their guitarist Marty Friedman, as he decided to depart from the band a year later.
The first single came out sometime before the album's release and was, "Crush Em." This is one of those tracks that's absolutely made to hype up a crowd. I mean, any song that starts off by saying "Enter the arena and hit the lights" is sure to excite fans at a concert. Plus, the song steadily picks up and gets faster through out the song, which is also great to keep energy up.
The opening track, "Insomina" actually is more about insanity than not being able to sleep at night. Its very well done though, I must say. "My head is talking to me. I don't lnow what it needs, but the loudest voice is the one I heed." His insanity is all very well worded, which is what made this track worth mentioning.
Another track I thought was well worth mentioning was, "I'll Be There." There's not a lot of tracks out there that are incredibly dark, yet at the same time very sweet. This one fits that definition though by clearly telling the story of a near death experience. His life was at risk, but the entire time he's telling someone he's going to be there for them always, even when he's the one that really needs the help. Guess his weakness is that he cares too much too, huh?
Over all, this is a very good, very deep album. Its honestly one of the best ones from Megadeth I've heard thus far because it had meaning! I've found a lot of their songs are more political and that's just not my cup of tea. This album was so much more than that, so good job, Megadeth!
Since then, Megadeth have released seven more albums! One of which just came out earlier this year, and they are currently supporting that album! Coming up here in just a couple weeks, they will begin playing almost all of the massive music festivals here in the US. Those festivals include Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville,Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, Rock'n Derby,Rocklahoma, and River City Rockfest.
We're hoping to catch Megadeth's performance at Fort Rock this year, so please stay tuned for pictures! We also wanted to bring it to your attention that we have reviewed several of the albums released after this and are working on completing reviews for all of their albums very soon! So keep your eye out for that, and check out what we have done so far below.
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.