In the early 2000s, the Big Four of thrash metal were in
dire straits. While Slayer were riding high off the comeback God Hates Us All, Anthrax were in the
midst of a studio album dry spell, Metallica were imploding after losing bassist
Jason Newsted and Megadeth – after two consecutively disappointing albums –
were on the cusp of breaking up entirely.
For Dave Mustaine and co. to eventually pump out
the Big Four’s best album of the 21st century, then, came as a brilliant
Endgame, the Deth’s twelfth studio record, is a
riotous album of controversial opinions, dystopian projections and epic myths. The
unbridled whiplash caused by such thrashing cuts as “This Day We Fight!” and “Head
Crusher” is undone only by the ominous sing-alongs of “44 Minutes”, “The Hardest
Part of Letting Go…” and “The Right to Go Insane”. From slow ballads to
mid-paced bruisers to all-out speeders, Endgame
fuses the undiluted extreme metal of Megadeth’s earlier albums with the more
calculated and patient harmonics of their mid-‘90s hot streak.
Uniting its band’s two most lauded eras, is it really any
surprise why people can’t get enough of this awesome album?