Sound — 8
First of all, the sound quality of this album is great. Very good cleans and crisp distortion. The album may steer away from what older megadeth fans hoped for. It is much more progressive than previous megadeth albums, and dave uses melody and harmony very well in the chorus of a number of the tracks. One thing that sticks out about this album is the fact that megadeth uses great melody while still maintaining thrash and heaviness in all the tracks. The first 5 tracks are gems, but like their previous release it seems to deteriorate as the disc comes to an end.
Lyrics — 7
Dave and politics go hand in hand, and if you listen to megadeth you know exactly what to expect as far as vocals. The con is that Dave goes a little overboard on this album. Some of the lyrics scream cheesy more than every before. Despite the occaisonal eye roller Dave still manages to sing at his best. This may very well be Dave's best vocal album.
Overall Impression — 8
Its no countdown to extinction or rust in peace, so if you are expecting a thrash album don't buy it, but if you want an album that is heavy, fast, and melodic definately buy it. If it were stolen or lost I would pick it up again, it fills a good spot in the Megadeth collection.