Super Collider

  • Record Label: UMD
  • Release Date: Jun 4, 2013
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  1. Apr 19, 2015
    9
    Don't let the low ratings fool you, this is a solid rock album that is quite nice to listen to from time to time. In fact it disgusts me just how low it is one this site just because it doesn't sound like a generic sounding 80's album.
  2. Jun 22, 2013
    8
    Super Collider is megadeths most recent effort,and the beggining of a new partnership with Universal Music, since leaving roadrunner records. this is also the first album to be released on Dave Mustaines new label, tradecraft.Now,its important to note that this album had alot of hype,ups and downs.the studio updates were extremely exciting, however the release of the super collider singleSuper Collider is megadeths most recent effort,and the beggining of a new partnership with Universal Music, since leaving roadrunner records. this is also the first album to be released on Dave Mustaines new label, tradecraft.Now,its important to note that this album had alot of hype,ups and downs.the studio updates were extremely exciting, however the release of the super collider single was met negativly. the next track to be released, king maker, brought back up some of the hype. and to get it out of the way in advance, no, this is not a bad album, regardless of the backlash in regards to it. The main reason why this album gets so much flak, is becuase Dave Mustaine and megadeth have decided to go for more of a hardrock and expiremental sound with this album, rather than go back to the thrashing of rust in peace and endgame.not only did this catch alot of people off gaurd,it also gave a very negative outlook on the album. Alot of people say this album reminds them of risk, but i find that to be untrue. And this brings me to the end of the history, and on to the album review. this album has a unique and diverse sound, that makes it stand out among other megadeth albums. No, its not like rust in peace or Endgame. this album draws more along the lines of youthanasia (for tuning down and its dark songs and sound), the world needs a hero (for its streamlined, and structured song compostion), and the system has failed (for its lead style and alot of its more personal lyrics). the album kicks off with a helicopter heard and a fantastic bass solo from ellefson, and kicks into king maker, which is a great, heavy, thrashy song, and is exactly what youd expect from a new megadeth song. next we move to super collider, which is a very simple basic song, with more of a hardrock sound. while its not a bad song, its definitely not what people were expecting to hear. overall, its a good song, with some really great drumming and bass, but a bit dissapointing by megadeth standards. Burn! is the next song, with some awesome riffs and solos, however the lyrics are very cheesy on this song, definitely the worst song lyric wise on the album, but otherwise a good song. Next is built for war, which is a nice, fast thrashy tune, with a beautful, and really awesome vocal chant in the middle, and an absolutely mind blowing solo from chris right before it. this is a really great song, and another highlight of the album. Off the edge is an interesting song, with good vocals and guitar, but the lyrics, again, definitely fall short, as the word crazy and simplified rhyming come up extremely often. not a bad song, but the lyrics definitely coudlve been better. now, dance in the rain, is by far the best song on the album. this song really shows the best of what dave, shawn, chris, and david can do now adays, with some great guitar solos from Dave and chris being swapped, some awesome riffs, great lyrics and vocals, and really good drums as well. this is also one of the 2 songs that David Draiman (disturbed) lends vocals on. beggining of sorrow has a very youthanasia sound to it, and has some of the best lyrics and vocals on the album, the back and forth singing lines from dave, david, and chris, is really good. next is the blackest crow, which is a very expiremental and interesting song for megadeth, which includes banjo playing from chris broderick, and some awesome guitar solos, and slide playing from Dave Mustaine. forget to remember is a very personal song from Dave about his mother in law having alzheimers, and the song is about the disease. it has some really good vocals and guitar riffs, and it has some of the best lyrics on the album.it also has the second backing vocal appearance from david draidman, who helps write some of the melody as well. dont turn your back is a thrashy song with some great riffs, and guitar solos, as well as some awesome drumming from shawn. closing the album is a cover of thin lizzy's cold sweat. this has some really awesome trade off solos from Dave and Chris, some great drumming from shawn, and some great bass from David. and thats super collider, an album that, while critisized by most, i find is a great album. becuase instead of just copy and pasting what they normally do, the guys decided to take a twist to their sound, while staying true to their heavy metal roots, and in the end turns out to be a very unique megadeth experience. its an album that, while not being thrasy all the time,still has alot of great thrash metal elements, and the songs and writing are good on the album, which is what truly counts.some cheesy lyrics bring the album down, and there couldve been more riffs and solos,however i still feel that the band made the right choice with this albums direction. megadeth fans have at least another 2 albums coming from the now 30 year old band, and doing 3 thrashy albums in a row may become stale, and this album doesnt dissapoint.i highly reccomend this album. its heavy metal at its finest Expand
  3. Jul 30, 2013
    8
    Supercollider is a strong album with obvious signs of classic influences, especially Led Zeppelin. It is not a particularly fast album when compared to some in the Megadeth catalog, but is filled with good hooks, many great riffs, and versatile musicianship which transcends genres at times. It is Megadeth and it is Metal
  4. Oct 21, 2013
    9
    Super Collider is a very mature work from Mustaine & Co. Of course this is not a record for headbanging but it has very powerful songs. In my opinion the best work of Megadeth in years.
  5. Mar 22, 2014
    9
    I had the pleasure twice. The album is a joy long forgotten.
    The lyrics are quite personal and sad, pessimistic,I'd say.
    Some lines are pretty stupid for the sake of "anthemness".I can live with that. Smart arrangements,but... no,musically this ain't Megadeth anymore, even with all those hook choruses in place. There are no syncopated rythms,minimum of killing soloing, pretty
    I had the pleasure twice. The album is a joy long forgotten.
    The lyrics are quite personal and sad, pessimistic,I'd say.
    Some lines are pretty stupid for the sake of "anthemness".I can live with that.
    Smart arrangements,but... no,musically this ain't Megadeth anymore,
    even with all those hook choruses in place.
    There are no syncopated rythms,minimum of killing soloing, pretty mid-tempo, riffing is rare, and actually it appears as if the once cohesive signature sound has split into all the cool bands that ever influenced the guys-Pantera,for instance,or Led Zeppelin, courtesy of whose "In the light" now we have the title track of Super Collider.Vocally Dave often resembles Alice Cooper here.Modern Alice-even musically.
    So it is only natural that the album is closed by a Thin Lizzy cover. Thanks guys!!!
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  6. Mar 26, 2016
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Super Collider is not all that bad. It's an album that sees the band trying something a little different, and they should be praised for that. This album may have flaws here and there but some people are going way overboard with the negativity. People ask "why couldn't they just write another Endgame or Thirteen?" because, well, some bands just don't like writing the same album over and over again! And this includes Megadeth, and that should be appreciated, because, if they did write the same album it would be boring for them, and as a result, boring for us. We'd soon be picking up on the band's lack of passion.

    One thing that plays a big part in the change of sound for me is the down tuned guitars. The reason for this is to support Dave Mustaine's ageing voice; the guy had been struggling to hit the high notes he could hit more easily before. But, as with all singers, voices deepen as they age, so it's no surprise, and it's no reason to criticise.

    Let's run through a few tracks, shall we? Kingmaker is the opening track and one of the most thrashing tracks on an album that generally deviates from thrash for the most part. So, as you may have guessed, it's one of the more pleasing tracks for those hardcore thrash purists ripping apart the rest of the album. However, it is a strong track and a good way to open the album. "Super Collider" the title track and the lead single, was more of a concern for fans with its slower tempo and melody. I will say I wasn't too sure what to think at first, but the song did end up growing on me. The major thing for me was Dave's voice, which I felt sounded too gritty for such a melodic song, but I'm used to it now.

    Fast-forwarding quite a bit, Dance in the Rain, for the most part, is a dark, slow song, which eventually becomes faster and more upbeat, and guess who sings this part of the song? None other than David Draiman. His voice sounds great, but I would have preferred it to be a little louder in the mix. Beginning of Sorrow carries a sinister sound, and on the chorus, a sinister sounding Mustaine when he sings the song title! The final ORIGINAL song is "Don't Turn Your Back..." and my favourite part of the song is actually the memorable chorus. Again, it's melodic, but it works well. The album closes with a cover of Thin Lizzy's "Cold Sweat". it's a solid cover but I don't really listen to it much. It would have been nice for the album to end with another original. The band hasn't put a song cover on an album's base tracklist since 1988's "So Far, So Good...So What?"

    The major experiments in sound can be found in the opening of a number of the songs. For example, the fiddle on "The Blackest Crow". The album has some rather impressive moments, others standard Megadeth moments and a few moments maybe a little below average. But I still stand by my view that it's nowhere near as bad as some people say. If you're a Megadeth fan it's certainly worth picking this up.
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41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Apr 22, 2014
    40
    Truthfully, Super Collider is just a Megadeth album born of complacency and issued with only the faintest interest in remaining relevant.
  2. Q Magazine
    Jul 10, 2013
    40
    It ditches classic thrash for bland classic rock. [Aug 2013, p.96]
  3. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 26, 2013
    80
    It's the culmination of four years during which Megadeth have continuously raised their game. [Jul 2013, p.92]