Megadeth – “United Abominations” This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

In light of the recent release of “Death Magnetic,” the highly anticipated album by Metallica, I looked back to their overlooked shadow, Megadeth. Megadeth has always been at odds and shortchanged for almost 20 years.

“United Abominations,” Megadeth’s eleventh studio album, was released in 2007, and has been a success. Yet, I feel some people are put off by it. “United Abominations” attacks many of the cruel but ongoing issues of today. Topics of war, poverty, and corruption, brought together around the guitar-focused sound, makes this album a “whole” experience.

Glen Drover, a new lead guitarist, was brought in to help with the production of the album. He works very well with Dave Mustaine, frontman and rhythm guitarist, who has gone through many lead guitarists. They have stayed true to their original thrash metal sound of the ’80s, which is not often seen today. The riffs are top-notch, and the solos and leads are screaming; a delight for any metal head. The two guitars are voiced well through the lyrics, each with their own attitude and separate meaning. Dave Mustaine’s voice has matured with time, becoming deeper, and he isn’t using his signature snarl very much, which was in many of their early music.

This album takes an especially hard tone with war, especially the Iraq War and its distasteful consequences.

Yet, not all is somber in this album, there are some great ballads and metal songs here. If you’re not a fan of metal music, you should check it out and perhaps even surprise yourself. If you are a fan of metal music, this is a definite buy.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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heartagramflex said...
Oct. 11, 2013 at 9:57 am
This is my favorite Megadeth album beside Youthanasia. I absolutely love this album and wish they would play more songs from it live.
hatepplthathatemetal said...
Nov. 19, 2009 at 6:56 pm
I'm a huge Megadeth fan, but some of their new albums like this one have a completely different sound. Even though some of the messages are, the same, their signature guitar sound has almost completely different. It is still really good, though.
Prathap K. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 1, 2009 at 6:06 am
Totally true. "United Abominations" speaks for the forgotten and the abused part of society, and the song "Washington is Next!" just signifies the whole thing. Very good review.
Metal_Militia said...
Feb. 9, 2009 at 9:41 am
As an avid metal fan, and a recent follower of Megadeth I greatly appreciated your review of their latest work. Dave has battled through drug and alcohol addiction on numerous occasions and has really made an effort to change his life around. It is sad that they haven't found as much success as their counterpart in Metallica, but I have faith that Megadeth will continue to be a dominating force in all things metal for years to come. Rock on!
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