When I heard the first single off of Megadeth’s upcoming “Super Collider” my faith in one of my favourite bands dwindled, as well as my eyeballs being permanently damaged by the album artwork. Not going to lie, that song sucked more ass than a proctologist and was far worse than anything off of 1999’s infamous cock-up “Risk” (except Crush ‘Em…that song’s pretty good). However, with the release of album opener “Kingmaker” today I’m somewhat on the fence on how to approach Mustaine and Friends’ upcoming record, so lets ‘ave a look!
Unlike the shyte title track, “Kingmaker” actually sounds like…well Megadeth. It’s full of pump with that signature fast pace that we all know and love (it’s hardly “Holy Wars” or “Skin O’ My Teeth but it’s still pretty good). The song then settles into a pretty aggressive groove, axemeisters Mustaine and Broderick really going for broke on the pinch harmonics above a great chugging riff.
Also, unlike “Super Collider”, the vocals are actually tolerable on “Kingmaker.” Initially I’d thought that Mustaine’s vocal chords had become so fucked that his voice had to be put through more filters than Skrillex screaming into a cigarette. But with this new track in the works, well, he actually sounds like his good ol’ pissed off and angry self, and even gives us a snarl or two. Oh Dave, you absolute animal you!
The lyrical content is pretty Deth-esque as well, being about, well…I’ll be honest, if you’ve ever made coherent sense of Dave Mustaine’s lyrics, then you sir or madame are some form of genius. But they seem to be about general rising up and fighting and *insert generic metal lyric topic here* so you can’t really complain. Especially when compared to that horrible title track, in what Axl Rosenberg of MetalSucks.net fame has describes as
“Mustaine trying to write his own version of Tom Cochrane’s ‘Life Is A Highway’ and failing miserably.” – Axl Rosenberg, MetalSucks.net
So, the title track’s a bit shit and the album opener’s pretty good. It’s not the best Megadeth track ever (*cough* Crush ‘Em * cough cough* ) but it’s still good. All I can say at this point is thanks a lot Dave, now I’m actually going to have to give this album a listen, and here I was hoping I could just forget about it and oogle over the new Children Of Bodom release…now I don’t know what I’m saying…go away. Oh yeah, ratings:
Super Collider: 2/5
“Super Collider” is out June 4th via Dave Mustaine’s new label, Tradecraft