Endgame marks the debut of latest Megadeth lead guitarist, Chris Broderick. It must be said, he immediately makes a strong bid for being the best guitarist the band has ever had. And this band has had Chris Poland, Marty Friedman, and Glen Drover play alongside the main man Dave Mustaine. Granted, the album does seem to be tailored toward showing off his abilities, but that doesn't make Broderick's performance any less amazing. All the other band members live up to their billing as well. LoMenzo's a quality bassist, Shawn Drover a great drummer, and the other guitar shredder, Mustaine.
Like all Megadeth albums what makes Endgame so great is the driving force behind the band: Dave Mustaine. His fast riffs, ripping solos, snarling vocals and varied lyrics are instantly recognisable amongst metal fans and really epitomise the sound of the band. There really is not one bad riff or solo on the whole album, and this applies to new guitarist Chris Broderick as well as Mustaine himself. Instrumental opener Dialectic Chaos highlights their impressive twin-axe attack at its best with a variety of aggressive and technical riffs, and fast shredding solos. There's actually a rather nice variety of speeds and styles to the riffs, while 1,320 and Head Crusher showcase the speed and aggression associated with more typical thrash metal songs, 44 Minutes and Bodies are much more slower-paced, yet still pack as big a punch as the aforementioned speed-fests.
It's also the sound of a band progressing further than they've ever done before, showing amazing technical prowess while remaining tight and consistent throughout. Endgame is the best metal album since their classic era
In conclusion, Megadeth has now become one of the only metal bands out there to be a major force in the industry, change their style to something more widely accepted, and make it back onto every metalhead's playlist using the formula that brought them success in the first place.
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