- Record Label: UMD
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Speed/Thrash Metal
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Classic Rock MagazineJun 26, 2013It's the culmination of four years during which Megadeth have continuously raised their game. [Jul 2013, p.92]
Q MagazineJul 10, 2013It ditches classic thrash for bland classic rock. [Aug 2013, p.96]
Kerrang!Jun 20, 2013Most of Super Collider feels half-hearted and rushed. [1 Jun 2013, p53]
Apr 19, 2015Don'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 justDon'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.… Expand
Oct 21, 2013Super 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 mySuper 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.… Expand
Jun 22, 2013Super Collider is megadeths most recent effort,and the beggining of a new partnership with Universal Music, since leaving roadrunner records.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 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
Aug 2, 2014Risk was one of the worst Megadeth albums, but at least it had a soul. It was written with something in mind.
Super Collider sounds like aRisk was one of the worst Megadeth albums, but at least it had a soul. It was written with something in mind.
Super Collider sounds like a lackluster mess of pop-oriented songs mixed with more heavy oriented stuff. It has few good episodes (Kingmaker, Dance In The Rain), but they are not enough to hold the whole record on their back. Also, the song structure is very repetitive and the lyrics are somewhat preachy.
After such good works like United Abominations, Endgame and in a lesser way even Thirteen, Super Collider is an utter disappointment. It's not metal, it's not hard rock, it's not pop... it's a mess.… Expand
Jun 16, 2013Many Megadeth fans keep expecting the band to make another Rust in Peace-style record, and 2009's Endgame proved they were still a thrashMany Megadeth fans keep expecting the band to make another Rust in Peace-style record, and 2009's Endgame proved they were still a thrash metal force to be reckoned with. Even TH1RT3EN had some great moments. Not so with Super Collider. Aside from "Built for War," the songs on this album are mainly of a hard rock or classic metal nature. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Indeed the album has some good songs, such as the opening track "Kingmaker," the Southern-influenced "The Blackest Crow," and a respectable cover of Thin Lizzy's "Cold Sweat." The main problem with Super Collider is that the songs feel uninspired. The riffs aren't very memorable, and there's nothing spectacular about the solos. Dave Mustaine's lyrics are downright cheesy and mediocre, which ruin otherwise decent songs like "Built for War" and "Don't Turn Your Back..." Super Collider isn't Megadeth's worst record, but it's far from their best.… Expand
Jul 4, 2013Megadeth are Thrash Metal legends, with their albums Rust in Peace and Peace Sells...but Who's Buying? and the band have also tried to takeMegadeth are Thrash Metal legends, with their albums Rust in Peace and Peace Sells...but Who's Buying? and the band have also tried to take their sound in a dynamically different direction with Risk. On Super Collider the band don't present us with their trademark Thrash sound, and I was glad for that because I think that bands should develop and evolve over time, they shouldn't stick with the same formula because it becomes boring and tiresome. Yet this is what this album suffers from, it gets lost in it's mid-tempo pace and the heavy but dull production on the guitars and bass.
The first two songs, "Kingmaker" and "Super Collider" are the albums singles, and they are passable at best. But what is worse, is "Burn", sure the intro sounds something like Van Halen, but it slowly deteriorates. The lyrics are cheesy and the song is boring, three songs into this record and it feels really stodgy.
"Built for War" begins with what I would expect to be an outro riff or something along those lines but instead I'm sat thinking, "Dear God, it get's worse" but it didn't. "Built for War" is one of the highlights on the album. It's actually a good song, not amazing, but it outshines the first three songs. Dave's vocals seem to suite this song, and I think that may be because it's faster and heavier, it's most like their classic work. And then there is this grand sounding rock soundtrack chorus of "War" at the end of the song, which is really different for the band, and it's these bits that chop up the dynamics that shine on Super Collider. The intro of "Dance in the Rain" would fit in on a Deftones record, that is before it kick in with trademark Mustaine lyrics, but it still changes the musical spectrum of this album. Really the album gets good from "Dance in the Rain" until "The Blackest Crow", but even these three good songs can't save the album.
The album closes with a cover of Thin Lizzy's "Cold Sweat". I, personally am a Thin Lizzy fan, and they don't really do it justice, they don't kill it, you know it's "Cold Sweat" but I just don't like the heaviness of it, Dave's vocals in the verse, it feels a little cheesy.
Overall, the album, whilst different, is poor, and I'm sad to see that it is. The first couple of listens, I actually enjoyed it, but it just seemed to get worse as I paid attention to the album, It drags on here and there, it gets boring, and at points you question your self why your exactly listening to it. However, it is listenable, it is tolerable and I have to give credit to them for trying.… Expand
Jul 24, 2013This record makes Risk look like Rust in Peace. This should be destroyed and forgotten. This is like if Aerosmith was nuked, and they allThis record makes Risk look like Rust in Peace. This should be destroyed and forgotten. This is like if Aerosmith was nuked, and they all died, and they tried to make a record after, but they were dead so it was complete The title track convinced me to slice my hand off with a machete, but I don't have a machete.… Expand
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