United Abominations review by Megadeth

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  • Released: May 15, 2007
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9 (428 votes)
Megadeth: United Abominations
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Sound — 10
The latest Megadeth album to date, "United Abominations" is the record that shows that Dave Mustaine and Co. still have the balls to release an awesome heavy metal record. Dave Mustaine brings out a new line up with Glen Drover of King Diamond fame on guitar, his brother Shawn Drover on drums, and picking away on the bass is former White Lion and Black Label Society member James LoMenzo. The new line-up has created a dark, evil sounding record that is sure to give you goosebumps, for example "You're Dead". Mustaine comes back with his usual palm muting technique as heard in the tracks "Sleepwalker" and the title track "United Abominations," and it shows you that it's a Megadeth record. The best riffs can be found in the songs "Washington Is Next!" of which the intro is full of pull offs and sends shivers down my spine. "Gears Of War" is the best example to show the thrashiness of the record, sounds like your back in the 80's! Solo's are deliverd by both guitarists all over the record. "Burnt Ice" and "Amerikhastan" both show the best solo's of the album as they use various techniques, and the solos make up much of these songs, they are sure to knock your socks off. James LoMenzo shows what he's made of in the track "Washington Is Next!" as he plays a bass line unique to the guitar parts which shows a really shot of creativity. Finally, certantly not the least, Shawn Drover lives up to the Megadeth name and uses different techniques around the album. My personal favorite where he pounds away is "Never Walk Alone... A Call To Arms," it is obvious that this dude has it all and deserves to be in this group. I would like to finally point out that the track from "Youthanasia" "A Tout Le Monde" (now "A Tout Le Monde [Set Me Free]) has been re-created in this record, and includes a fifty percent extended solo where Glen's new solo flows into the original Marty Friedman solo.

Lyrics — 10
Dave Mustaine comes back with his contreversial political lyrics and shows his anger to the United Nations as heard in the title track "United Abominations." The track "Amerikhastan" compares the United States to the Middle East in a very creative way. "Washington Is Next!" is a song about all the world powers falling to failure and what not. Mustaine also shows his anger towards others in the song "Sleepwalker" which talks about Dave killing people in his sleep and waking up back to the normal world. "Burnt Ice" is a song about the dangers of Meth Drugs such as ice. "Blessed Are The Dead" is a "AC/DC" like song about the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Finally, Mustaine comes forth with a new topic, video games, which is described in the tracks "Gears Of War" and "Play For Blood."

Overall Impression — 10
This album is probably my favorite of 2007, it is a must, and if it got stolen, I would rush to the store and get a second copy immedeatly. Megadeth has surely released a record for the decade. It features Christina Scabbia from Lacuna Coil and does a duet with Mustaine in the remake of the classic "Youthanasia" track, "A Tout Le Monde {Set Me Free)." If you don't have this album yet, you should immedeatly go and get it, I guarantee you'll love it.

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    kmchipower
    what bothers me is how so many people are ignorant to the fact that mustaine contributed most of the BEST early metallica songs. These songs were featured prominently as singles off the albums, album closers, etc. It pisses me off that metallica refuses to acknowledge how important dave was to them. If dave wasn't sh*t to them, why did they use his material so prominently? and why did they tell kirk to play dave's solos on Kill'em All? Losers...
    mchugh92
    ok some1 will mention it so i'll say it, i'm a big fan of both metallica and megadeth but now i find i'm listening to megadeth more, and mustaine said he wrote leper messiah, i think its the truth cos it was one of the songs that don't really stand out from the rest and if mustaine was looking to cause trouble he would've probably said he wrote master of puppets or battery, but this album is amazin it continues the return-to-form that dave enjoyed in system has failed, sleepwalker is cool, the title track i good too, and washington is next shows glen drover's soloing skills, and proves hes no push-over, the vocals are good as usual, but i agree with some of the people here dave's voice has gotten deeper and smoother from the RIP days, which is no doubt their best, seriously though stop comparing megadeth to metallica cos in case yer thinkin i'm taking any sides i'm not!!!!! anyway good record and i hope metallica's new one is at least as good as this
    kmchipower
    There is no Megadeth/Metallica comparison. If you take away Dave Mustaine's contributions to Metallica and then compare what's left, Megadeth owns Metallica by a landslide. And whether or not Mustaine helped write Leper Messiah (which he did), it doesn't even matter. Look at all the other stuff he has been confirmed to have written for Metallica, not to mention the uncredited guitar work that is littered ALL OVER Kill'em All.
    mchugh92 wrote: ok some1 will mention it so i'll say it, i'm a big fan of both metallica and megadeth but now i find i'm listening to megadeth more, and mustaine said he wrote leper messiah, i think its the truth cos it was one of the songs that don't really stand out from the rest and if mustaine was looking to cause trouble he would've probably said he wrote master of puppets or battery, but this album is amazin it continues the return-to-form that dave enjoyed in system has failed, sleepwalker is cool, the title track i good too, and washington is next shows glen drover's soloing skills, and proves hes no push-over, the vocals are good as usual, but i agree with some of the people here dave's voice has gotten deeper and smoother from the RIP days, which is no doubt their best, seriously though stop comparing megadeth to metallica cos in case yer thinkin i'm taking any sides i'm not!!!!! anyway good record and i hope metallica's new one is at least as good as this
    kmchipower
    if u think ur hearin mustaine when u listen to Kill'em All, its not ur imagination...he wrote that sh*t
    DamageMachine
    kmchipower wrote: There is no Megadeth/Metallica comparison. If you take away Dave Mustaine's contributions to Metallica and then compare what's left, Megadeth owns Metallica by a landslide. And whether or not Mustaine helped write Leper Messiah (which he did), it doesn't even matter. Look at all the other stuff he has been confirmed to have written for Metallica, not to mention the uncredited guitar work that is littered ALL OVER Kill'em All. mchugh92 wrote: ok some1 will mention it so i'll say it, i'm a big fan of both metallica and megadeth but now i find i'm listening to megadeth more, and mustaine said he wrote leper messiah, i think its the truth cos it was one of the songs that don't really stand out from the rest and if mustaine was looking to cause trouble he would've probably said he wrote master of puppets or battery, but this album is amazin it continues the return-to-form that dave enjoyed in system has failed, sleepwalker is cool, the title track i good too, and washington is next shows glen drover's soloing skills, and proves hes no push-over, the vocals are good as usual, but i agree with some of the people here dave's voice has gotten deeper and smoother from the RIP days, which is no doubt their best, seriously though stop comparing megadeth to metallica cos in case yer thinkin i'm taking any sides i'm not!!!!! anyway good record and i hope metallica's new one is at least as good as this
    4 songs on kill 'em all 2 on Ride The Lightning 1 (sort of) Master He was credited for writing parts of the songs, he didn't write the whole god damn song... And plus I think Dave is a huuuuuge prick, he is literally the face of megadeth, I swear, his ego is crushing the rest of the members if they haven't already been destroyed by it.
    not_dead_enough
    DamageMachine wrote: 4 songs on kill 'em all 2 on Ride The Lightning 1 (sort of) Master He was credited for writing parts of the songs, he didn't write the whole god damn song... And plus I think Dave is a huuuuuge prick, he is literally the face of megadeth, I swear, his ego is crushing the rest of the members if they haven't already been destroyed by it.
    Yes that's what he officially got credit for, and I believe Mustaine when he says he wrote more than that, coz there's plenty reason to believe that Metallica would be lying about it all. Kirk himself has even admitted that he was told to use Mustaine's work as a template for his own parts. Regardless of songwriting credits, the fact is that Mustaine and Hetfield together created the sound and the style we all come to know as thrash metal. They are both the fathers of the genre and the two of them deserve just about all the credit equally (much more so than Lars, Kirk, Ellefson, any Slayer members or even Cliff). And Mustaine's ego crushing the rest of the members of Megadeth? Well when those guys bring to Megadeth what Mustaine has then they have every right to stand at the front. Megadeth has some of the best musicians Metal has seen but the songwriting, the image, the character...is all Dave, and the other members seem happy to just play alongside such a living legend.
    jfsj123
    not dead enough thanks for that new world order is one of their best songs imo
    not_dead_enough
    jfsj123 wrote: not dead enough thanks for that new world order is one of their best songs imo
    No worries. I think it's also in the new Warchest somewhere too.