Music Review: Megadeth – Th1rt3en

Okay, so it’s not chat lingo. The ‘i’ has been turned to 1 and ‘e’ to 3 to incorporate the digits in the album title. Two years after the splendid Endgame, Megadeth have returned sneering with album number “Th1rt3en”, a rather enjoyable piece of thrash.

Dave Mustaine knows perfectly well the formulas that make Megadeth click, and on Th1rt3en, the band puts aside Endgame’s ‘let’s-blow-everything-away’ mindset to go back to a more comfortable style. That means it’s less speed metal and more thrash metal this time.

Having slowed down the speed, Megadeth have upped the level of dynamics; plenty of solos thrown into this thrash mix, parts that change very often, and the production is very classy. There were a lot of songs on Endgame that sent me into headbanging frenzies, and Th1rt3en is not very different – it just took a bit longer to grow on me. Unlike Endgame, which was an outpour of uncontrollable energy that Megadeth could no longer contain, Th1rt3en is far more in control; it’s a show of great riffs woven together, with fast solos finding their way in and out of songs, and the drums providing thunderous beginnings to a few tracks.

Despite the amazing riffs and the abundance of solos on Th1rt3en, the first song that perks my interest comes very late on the album. Millennium Of The Blind sounds ominous and could’ve opened this album considering there’s no instrumental here. The one that follows, Deadly Nightshade could’ve also come earlier on the album because Dave Mustaine sounds more convincing singing this kind of material; the previous songs, however, aren’t substandard (of course – this is Dave Mustaine’s Megadeth) – they just take a few listens to get used to.

With Metallica playing backing band to Lou Reed, Slayer struggling to remain ‘extreme’, and Anthrax still struggling, there is one great thrash/speed metal band that has been, for the past many years, keeping and defending the heavy metal faith. Let’s hope they never turn their backs on us.


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19 Responses to “Music Review: Megadeth – Th1rt3en”

  1. 1 Nikhil
    October 21, 2011 at 12:22

    Hey has Mustaine gone dyslexic like those hipster kids ? 😛


  2. 4 Anonymous
    October 22, 2011 at 19:33

    Cant see the review..just the album cover


  3. October 24, 2011 at 05:08

    gotta check this one out….i hated the songs that were released…lyrics are poor…but i will check the whole album


  4. 9 Anonymous
    October 24, 2011 at 18:26

    This album hardly has any thrash, more melodic weird stuff.


  5. 13 Cafo
    October 25, 2011 at 16:44

    I respectfully disagree with the review. 13 does not surpass in any way Endgame and it just amplifies the differences between both albums. Endgame was an enjoyable album if not solid by Megadeth, 13 is not. Out of the 13 tracks you can dispatch 6 or 7 easily with the best ones being Sudden Death and Never Dead. After that, the fire is gone. If I want to hear thrash I could check out any of the latest releases by Revocation, Evile or Skeletonwitch. I love Megadeth as much as the next guy but to say that this is an “outstanding” thrash release is stretching it a bit too thin.


    • October 25, 2011 at 17:23

      I respectfully disagree with you.

      Where have I said that this album surpasses Endgame?

      Where have I stated that this album is outstanding?

      Which review did you read before leaving a comment here?


  6. 15 Anonymous
    October 28, 2011 at 12:47

    great album..well said..megadeth rules


  7. 16 Anonymous
    March 4, 2012 at 07:55

    This is such a bad review .. incorrect , misleading and more of an attempt to take a dig at the other three stronger members of the big four .. counter arguments to ur digs — anthrax has never been struggling , they have a niche of their own , which is just different from megadeths more commercial path and worship music is a very convincing album from anthrax .. i agree slayer got boring after the first time they made reign in blood .. ‘tallicA playing back band to Lou Reed was an experiment/collaboration – not an attempt to find an alternative career .. stop whining about the band just cos they’re more adventurous and almost always successful at doing that , as compared to megadeth .. beyond magnetic slays all of mustaines career , u dont even need to bring the classic ‘tallicA albums into the equation .. i can see ur a mustaine fanboy , but geez , a review is supposed to highlight the album , not the band ..


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