Eleventh full-length album by the legendary American Thrash Metal band.
Megadeth have been through a lot of lineup upheaval circa the early 21st century, with longtime leader Dave Mustaine being the only familiar face left in attendance. But Megadeth's crunchy, venomous Thrash Metal has remained intact, as heard throughout their 2007 release, "United Abominations" (their first for the Roadrunner label). While many Thrash Metal bands take the easy way out lyrically - by detailing their encounters with Señor Beelzebub - Mustaine has never shied away from voicing his opinion about politics and the state of the world. The lyrics of the album deal with politics and the state the world is in, stating the album is the band's most politically charged. And as evidenced by such biting tracks as "Washington Is Next!", "Gears of War", "Amerikhastan", and the title track, Mustaine remains as outspoken as ever about what he's been seeing on CNN for the past few years.
Musically, Megadeth were never afraid to show off their Prog-worthy chops, and the 2007 lineup (which sees Mustaine joined by bassist James LoMenzo and the sibling tandem of Glen Drover and Shawn Drover on guitar and drums) appears custom-made for tackling "tricky bits", including the album-opening "Sleepwalker". Elsewhere, a re-recording of "A Tout le Monde" - as a duet between Mustaine and Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia, has "radio/MTV airplay" written all over it.
While touring to promote the album, guitarist Glen Drover left the band for personal reasons and was replaced by Chris Broderick, leaving this as the only Megadeth studio album to which he contributed.
They may have lost the plot for a period (remember 1999's "Risk"?), but with "United Abominations" Mustaine and company certainly sound reborn!
“United Abominations” was well received by critics and debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200, the highest chart position for the band since 1994's “Youthanasia”. The album was named the Number One Metal album of 2007 by Guitar World.
Roadrunner Records/Cargo Records, 2007 (RRCAR 8029-1). Made in Germany. First press. 180 Gram Vinyl.
1. Sleepwalker 5:53
2. Washington Is Next! 5:19
3. Never Walk Alone... A Call To Arms 3:55
4. United Abominations 3:35
5. Gears Of War 4:26
6. Blessed Are The Dead 4:02
7. Play For Blood 3:49
8. A Tout Le Monde 4:11
9. Amerikhastan 3:43
10. You're Dead 3:18
11. Burnt Ice 3:47
Total playing time: 45:58