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MEGADETH / RISK
LABEL: CAPITOL RECORDS / EMI WORLDWIDE
OVERALL: 82%
Produced by: Dann Huff
  1. Insomnia
  2. Prince Of Darkness
  3. Enter The Arena
  4. Crush `Em
  5. Breadline
  6. The Doctor Is Calling
  7. IŽll Be There
  8. Wanderlust
  9. Ecstasy
  10. Seven
  11. Time (I & II)
Well the band have never really stood still and the name says it all, so you have been warned!
But realistically the guys have recorded an album that is experimental, somewhat risky in places, heavy, modern and overall, really pretty solid.
Like the TNT album reviewed previously, Megadeth fans will need an open mind to further appreciate what the guys are doing here.
Any old hard core fans that were lost from the last few albums will not return because of this, but Cryptic Writings found a new audience and went on to sell the highest amount of any previous album. I suspect this may do the same.
The band range from the heavily altered modern opening track and the likes of Crush Em, to more traditional Megadeth style head bangers like plus Ecstasy. There are also some surprisingly straight forward rock songs like Breadline and I'll Be There
A few mellower and darker moments pop up towards the end of the album in a set of a few songs that are as diverse as they are original.
From the ear of an impartial listening and one who owns no Megadeth albums, this sounds pretty solid. I would recommend that fans of Cryptic Writings buy this without question, but for older fans - buy with a degree of caution.
This continues the band's bold push into new territory and their policy of not repeating themselves, rather than returning to their roots.
An interesting release.
PRODUCTION: 84%SONGS: 80%VIBE: 78%ATTITUDE: 80%
ESSENTIAL FOR: Most Megadeth fans, especially fans of Cryptic Writings - fans of the heavier side of hard rock.



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