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Super Collider

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Megadeth's 14th studio outing finds the venerable metal outfit parting ways with Roadrunner Records, but not with producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Staind), who brought some much needed sonic heft to 2011's Th1rt3en. Super Collider is indeed big and beefy, but it’s awfully light on flavor. Things start out promisingly enough with the blistering "Kingmaker," a thrashy, cautionary tale about oxycontin that evokes classic Megadeth, but any residual warm and fuzzy feelings vanish abruptly upon the arrival of the surprisingly out of character title cut, a rote, state fair-ready, light beer-hoisting rocker that sounds like a late-'80s/early-'90s Tesla or AC/DC throwaway (actually, how did Megadeth release an album called Super Collider before AC/DC?), which is exactly the kind of thing that the band has not only avoided, but brazenly stood against since its 1983 inception. Also, why is there a painting of Iron Man on the back cover? Things certainly don’t improve with the limp "Burn!," an artless slab of gym metal that finds the normally erudite Dave Mustaine rhyming fire with desire, a desire that "burns hotter than hell." In fact, outside of "Kingmaker," the banjo-led Rob Zombie-meets-Mark Lanegan lament "Blackest Crow" and the outstanding "Built for War," a surprisingly agile, apocalyptic anti-anthem which was co-written with drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick, the latter of whom supplies the cut with some truly impressive riffage, Super Collider is so mired in midtempo drudgery and familiar hard rock (not thrash) tropes that it never really connects.
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1
Kingmaker
00:04:16

Dave Mustaine, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - JOHNNY K, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Webb, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megadeth, MainArtist - Shawn Drover, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Broderick, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Ellefson, ComposerLyricist - Matt Dougherty, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ken Eisennagel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ellefson, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Zachary Coleman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Super Collider
00:04:12

Dave Mustaine, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - JOHNNY K, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Webb, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megadeth, MainArtist - Shawn Drover, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Broderick, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Dougherty, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ken Eisennagel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ellefson, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Zachary Coleman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Burn!
00:04:11

Dave Mustaine, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - JOHNNY K, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Webb, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megadeth, MainArtist - Shawn Drover, Percussion, Darbouka, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Broderick, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Dougherty, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ken Eisennagel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ellefson, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Zachary Coleman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Built For War
00:03:57

Dave Mustaine, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - JOHNNY K, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Webb, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megadeth, MainArtist - Shawn Drover, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Broderick, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Dougherty, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ken Eisennagel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Costello, Bagpipes, AssociatedPerformer - David Ellefson, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Zachary Coleman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary Kate Peterson, Bagpipes, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Costello, Bagpipes, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Off The Edge
00:04:11

Dave Mustaine, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - JOHNNY K, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Webb, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megadeth, MainArtist - Shawn Drover, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Broderick, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Dougherty, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ken Eisennagel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ellefson, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Zachary Coleman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Dance In The Rain
00:04:46

Dave Mustaine, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - David Draiman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - JOHNNY K, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Webb, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Cunningham, Violin, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Megadeth, MainArtist - Shawn Drover, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Broderick, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Yao Zhao, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Dougherty, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ken Eisennagel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ellefson, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Zachary Coleman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Beginning Of Sorrow
00:03:51

Dave Mustaine, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - JOHNNY K, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Webb, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megadeth, MainArtist - Shawn Drover, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Broderick, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Dougherty, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ken Eisennagel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ellefson, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Zachary Coleman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
The Blackest Crow
00:04:27

Dave Mustaine, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - JOHNNY K, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Webb, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Cunningham, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Megadeth, MainArtist - Shawn Drover, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Broderick, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Dougherty, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ken Eisennagel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ellefson, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Zachary Coleman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Forget To Remember
00:04:28

Dave Mustaine, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - JOHNNY K, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Webb, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megadeth, MainArtist - Shawn Drover, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Broderick, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Dougherty, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ken Eisennagel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ellefson, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Zachary Coleman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Don't Turn Your Back...
00:03:47

Dave Mustaine, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - JOHNNY K, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Webb, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megadeth, MainArtist - Shawn Drover, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Broderick, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Dougherty, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ken Eisennagel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ellefson, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Zachary Coleman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Cold Sweat
00:03:10

Dave Mustaine, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - JOHNNY K, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Cameron Webb, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megadeth, MainArtist - Phil Lynott, ComposerLyricist - Shawn Drover, Percussion, Darbouka, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Broderick, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Dougherty, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ken Eisennagel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Sykes, ComposerLyricist - David Ellefson, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Zachary Coleman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Megadeth's 14th studio outing finds the venerable metal outfit parting ways with Roadrunner Records, but not with producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Staind), who brought some much needed sonic heft to 2011's Th1rt3en. Super Collider is indeed big and beefy, but it’s awfully light on flavor. Things start out promisingly enough with the blistering "Kingmaker," a thrashy, cautionary tale about oxycontin that evokes classic Megadeth, but any residual warm and fuzzy feelings vanish abruptly upon the arrival of the surprisingly out of character title cut, a rote, state fair-ready, light beer-hoisting rocker that sounds like a late-'80s/early-'90s Tesla or AC/DC throwaway (actually, how did Megadeth release an album called Super Collider before AC/DC?), which is exactly the kind of thing that the band has not only avoided, but brazenly stood against since its 1983 inception. Also, why is there a painting of Iron Man on the back cover? Things certainly don’t improve with the limp "Burn!," an artless slab of gym metal that finds the normally erudite Dave Mustaine rhyming fire with desire, a desire that "burns hotter than hell." In fact, outside of "Kingmaker," the banjo-led Rob Zombie-meets-Mark Lanegan lament "Blackest Crow" and the outstanding "Built for War," a surprisingly agile, apocalyptic anti-anthem which was co-written with drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick, the latter of whom supplies the cut with some truly impressive riffage, Super Collider is so mired in midtempo drudgery and familiar hard rock (not thrash) tropes that it never really connects.
© James Christopher Monger /TiVo

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