Th1rt3en - Megadeth
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  • Summary: The 13th album for the heavy metal band was produced by Johnny K.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Nov 3, 2011
    80
    Th1rt3en is the followup to 2009's widely lauded Endgame and again showcases the flame-haired firebrand's ability to pen smart, succinct and thrillingly powerful metal anthems that strike a sublime balance between dazzling technicality and good, old-fashioned, catchy-as-hell songwriting.
  2. Nov 1, 2011
    75
    With Th1rt3en, Megadeth seems positioned to chug into middle age in remarkably sturdy shape.
  3. 75
    Here Mega Dave isn't even that annoying. Perhaps it's because the music is so strong, or maybe it's that he's giving exactly what you expect and doesn't try to be anything else.
  4. Oct 24, 2011
    70
    The quartet's stubborn refusal to evolve yields genuine thrills on their typically irascible 13th album.
  5. Oct 31, 2011
    70
    Much of the aptly named Th1rt3en feels vintage, from the familiar political themes on "We the People" and the tightly wound, Dio-esque riffing on "Public Enemy No. 1" to the soft, melodramatic military snare intro of "Never Dead," which eventually explodes into a wicked blast of retro-thrash that feels positively invigorating, not redundant.
  6. Oct 31, 2011
    70
    It is something of a slow burner, and familiarity with their back catalogue will certainly add depth to the whole experience, but those who come to it cold will find the immediacy and vigour of the likes of Public Enemy No. 1 irresistible.
  7. Nov 11, 2011
    60
    In between standout tracks like Public Enemy No. 1, Never Dead and Fast Lane is less remarkable filler, and Mustaine's socially conscious lyrics are sometimes cringe-worthy. But his snarling vocals and guitar work never get old, and the production has a warmer, more vintage feel than steely recent albums.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Nov 10, 2011
    10
    I enjoy how each track seems to come from a different period in the bands history. Lots of grinding riffs and blazing solos combined with modern production quality. Not my favourite Megadeth album, but it's a step up from Endgame! Expand
  2. Nov 4, 2011
    10
    love this album! Nice to see one band is not losing their mojo and selling out like others from the time! I recommend this album to any metal fans from the days. Expand
  3. Nov 10, 2011
    9
    This album ,to me,has that classic "feel"that the last 3 albums,though impressive technically,were lacking. I Absolutely love the song "Public enemy number 1" Sounds like something right off of countdown to extinction."Black Swan" and"Millenium of the blind" are great too. The production is very modern with a clean,crisp sound-Something many bands today can't seem to accomplish.Overall,I'd say that songwriting-wise this is their strongest effort since Cryptic Writings(1997) Endgame,while a fantastic album,had a little too much guitar wankering,and not enough*SONGWRITING*.This is a GREAT album,And it will take many listens to draw that conclusion,this album is a grower(Most of the best albums are) Once again,great job Megadeth-4 Awesome albums in a row now..Can they keep it up? I'm going to enjoy finding out! Expand
  4. Nov 3, 2011
    7
    Very solid overall. It's not as epic or in-your-face as Endgame and I had some issues with it's pacing throughout but Thirteen is still a great album. Expand
  5. Jan 21, 2012
    7
    Megadeth still proves, that their quality hasn't decreased while still repeatiting same mistakes over and over. The solos are great, just like always. Unfortunely the drums still feel like they lack in variation. Lyrics are also very boring and don't feel unique at all. You will enjoy this album, if you're more into guitar and bass than vocals and drums. Expand
  6. Feb 15, 2012
    6
    This album starts off very slow; so slow in fact, I almost considered returning it before I got halfway through the CD. But as the tracks past and time flew by, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this purchase was not a total let down. Being a huge Megadeth fan, I was really hoping for an awesome follow up to "Endgame" and "United Abominations". In this regard, I was severely disappointed. The album is mediocre at best. Dave should have left the first four tracks off the final album. So skip to track five if you want to avoid a total let down. The lyrics are really the worst part about the album. I found little depth and meaning to the lyrics compared to all the previous Megadeth albums. Of course, if you are a fan you'll buy the album. Just don't expect too much. Expand
  7. Jun 10, 2012
    4
    eh. I'm a huge Megadeth fan, but this was a pretty mediocre effort. Endgame took fans by surprise when it saw Megadeth return to it's thrash metal roots, but Th1rt3en is mearly a compilation of redone tracks from old demos. Sure there are a few new songs, but those were only written for soundtrack albums to video games. New World Order, Black Swan, Never Dead, and Sudden Death are really the only standout tracks here, and 3 out of those 4 had already been released. Here's hoping your next release is better. Expand

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