The most recent Megadeth album featuring Fallbrook resident Dave Mustaine was released September 15.
“Endgame,” the band’s 12th album, was released by Roadrunner Records. It is the first Megadeth album to be recorded since Vic’s Garage, the San Marcos recording studio which obtained its name from Megadeth mascot Vic Rattlehead, was completed.
In addition to his role as lead vocalist, Mustaine plays lead, rhythm, and acoustic guitar and also played piano on the album.
Chris Broderick plays lead, rhythm, and acoustic guitar. James LoMenzo played bass guitar for the album, and Shawn Drover manned the drums and other percussion instruments.
The album is Megadeth’s first with Broderick, who replaced Glen Drover in 2008.
“Endgame” is Megadeth’s first album since “United Abominations,” which was released in 2007.
“Abominations” was the first Megadeth album to be released by Roadrunner Records and the first with LoMenzo or Drover.
Drover had been in the band Eidolon before joining Megadeth in 2004 after the recording of “The System Has Failed” but in time for that album’s tour.
LoMenzo had been with White Lion and Black Label Society before joining Megadeth in 2006. Broderick was previously with Nevermore and Jag Panzer.
The album was also the first since Mustaine signed a contract with Dean Guitars, which introduced the Dave Mustaine VMNT V-neck model.
Mustaine is known for providing political commentary on Megadeth albums, and “Endgame” is no exception. The title track addresses the end of freedom.
Mustaine spares neither political party, calling the President of the United States the leader of the New World Order while noting that the ex-President and the Patriot Act approved the jailing of lawful citizens and the suspension of Constitutional rights.
“Endgame” contains 11 tracks, including the title track and the instrumental “Dialectic Chaos,” which features guitar solos from Mustaine and Broderick.
One of those tracks contains the song “Sealed With a Kiss” embedded in the two segments of “The Hardest Part Of Letting Go…” The hardest part of letting go is saying goodbye, while “Sealed With a Kiss” involves revenge following that separation.
“This Day We Fight” addresses preparation for war, “How the Story Ends” is about an army which destroys entire towns, and “Head Crusher” describes torturing a prisoner to death.
“44 Minutes” describes a bank robbery and hostage situation. “Bite the Hand” addresses the financial crisis, while “The Right to Go Insane” is from the point of view of a person working two jobs and barely able to make ends meet even with credit card payments.
“Bodies” is about waiting too long while others are passing away. “1320” is from the mindset of a drag racer.
Mustaine founded Megadeth in 1983 after being dismissed from Metallica. The band’s first album, “Killing is My Business…And Business is Good,” was released in 1985.