True, the 'if we dip below max pressure we'll die' mania of youth isn't quite as fierce as it once was (although they touch it on the Ice-T-featuring Night Stalkers), but the well of jagged riffs and sharp turns turns out to be far more full than one might expect after almost 40 years. Life In Hell is a crunchy thrasher, Sacrifice is pin-sharp, stompy with moments of crawling dissonance, while after an a capella intro that distractingly calls to mind Def Leppard's Pour Some Sugar On Me, Junkie is pure heavy sneer.
Sixteen albums in, all this is almost unexpected, not least because it was hard to see a band burning with such phosphorescent intensity lasting so long. If this turns out to be the ’Deth's final hurrah, it's one that does them proud. And whether you choose to see him as the last angry man, or an old crank (and there is much on which he is disagreeable or just plain wrong), Dave Mustaine is, still, one of the world's most unavoidably pissed off men. When he harnesses it right, it makes Megadeth as scalpel-sharp and deadly to the touch as they've ever been.
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The Sick, The Dying... And The Dead! is released on September 2 via Universal
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