This is a tale of retribution. Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, once booted from the mighty Metallica, has penned Cryptic Writings, a gripping, high-voltage album that should thrill Metallica fans who felt screwed by that band's thrashless 1996 album, Load. In an era of alt-metal bluster, Megadeth have remained true to form, stirring up a snarling brew of nasal yowls, crunchy riffs and speed-of-light guitar solos that would paralyze Yngwie Malmsteen. Whether building atmosphere with ominous tribal beats and jangly acoustic guitar ("Use the Man") or going for the jugular with buzz-saw rhythms and hardcore tempos ("The Disintegrators"), Megadeth wrap their bundles of spite with enough melody to keep the grooves memorable. Make way for the real metal militia. (RS 766)
(Posted: Jul 10, 1997)
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Cryptic Writings has te right balance between melody and the power that metal represents. With catchy songs as She-Wolf and Trust, a very reachable Almost Honest and high-speed-complex songs as The Desintegrators and Vortex I see this album as one of the best I´ve ever heard.
Apr 29, 2007 20:55:06