The twelfth full-length studio album by legendary American Thrash Metal band.
The release of "Endgame" brings with it a startling realization: if first-generation Thrash Metal fans had been polled about which of the genre's "Big Four" - Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth - would prove to be the most resilient and consistently prolific over the next quarter century, the only sure-fire consensus would probably have been "well, anyone but Megadeth"! And yet, 12 studio albums and 150-plus songs later - more than any of the other three have managed - that's exactly what's come to pass.
This album is debut for new guitarist Chris Broderick (ex-Nevermore, Jag Panzer). It was the second Megadeth album released through Roadrunner Records and the first album featuring guitarist Chris Broderick, following Glen Drover's departure in 2008 and was the band's last studio album with bass guitarist James LoMenzo; original bassist Dave Ellefson would rejoin the band only several months after the album's release.
“Endgame” entered the Billboard 200 at number 9 (marking the band's tenth overall top 10 debut), and has sold around 150000 copies in the U.S. as of April 2011. The album received generally positive reviews from music critics, and was thought of continuing the success from the band's previous album “United Abominations”. "Head Crusher" had been nominated for "Best Metal Performance" at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards.
"Endgame" is arguably the least commercially concerned Megadeth album since "Rust in Peace" some 20 years earlier, and by touching on so many of the favored songwriting styles of those early years, it should not only give their typically opinionated fan base very little to kvetch and moan about, but also throw new fuel upon the flames of Megadeth's unlikely longevity!!
Roadrunner Records/Cargo Records, 2009 (RRCAR 7885-1). Made in Germany. First press. 180 Gram Vinyl.
1. Dialectic Chaos 2:26
2. This Day We Fight! 3:27
3. 44 Minutes 4:37
4. 1,320' 3:50
5. Bite The Hand 4:01
6. Bodies 3:34
7. Endgame 5:57
8. The Hardest Part Of Letting Go...Sealed With A Kiss 4:42
9. Head Crusher 3:26
10. How The Story Ends 4:29
11. The Right To Go Insane 4:18
Total playing time: 44:47