i didnt think UA was that bad, i actually thought it was great.
then again it is the only album i have from them post youthanasia.
am i missing something?
UA is a solid album, as far as new-era Megadeth goes. As for what you may be missing, post-Youthanasia, my favorite is The World Needs A Hero. Cryptic Writings is good too, but Risk and The System Has Failed are only decent at best.
Nick Menza is an absolute beast on the drums though, and what more can be said about Marty other than he's a legend.
I've heard that Menza can't play some of the 'deth stuff well enough anymore. There was talk of him joining the band on tour, what, a few years ago or something, but it didn't work out for that reason. My memory could be failing me though.
After the summer, you say? Excellent. It will be nice to hear Broderick in action with some new material. I'm getting kinda tired of the lineup changes, personally. Mustaine is obviously the heart and soul of the band, so he's the one who really matters, but it'd sure be nice to keep a solid group together for a few years at least.
Lunar Strain is pretty much the perfect example of a totally hybridized style. The melodic and harmonic architecture, as well as basic phrase shapes, are drawn largely from heavy metal; but much of the particular rhythmic emphasis, as well as vocal style and patterns betray a black metal influence while structure and percussion are clearly patterned on death metal. Like I said, it doesn't work, but it may be a gallant effort.
I agree with your analysis, but not with your conclusion. I think that the style does indeed work--and work well.
Concerning "Dawn Patrol": ****ing sweet song, even for how short and odd it is. I love the squeaky part (supposed to be like the sound of moles or something, I'm assuming). There is (or at least, was) a morning radio show on a rock station in Cincinnati called The Dawn Patrol---I enjoyed that name-borrowing.
Yup, I'd say stick with what you really want. The C-1 Classic has the better pickups, which is a big factor. Either travel a little farther to some other guitar stores or look around at online stores for what you want, don't ever just settle.
It seems to be popular to rip on Dragonforce, but I find them to be extremely enjoyable---great cheerful music. I have all of their albums, and I find "Black Winter Night" to be my favorite song. I laugh at their 80s-sounding ballads, but they're still neat to listen to.