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Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
The world of metal has recently undergone drastic changes, redefining itself to accommodate the rap-rock crossover success of Korn and the punk-grunge dirge-rock of Sevendust. But Megadeth remain a satisfying force for metalheads who haven't forgotten the heyday of unfettered, undiluted speed-sludge. CRYPTIC WRITINGS, from 1997, sold surprisingly well, and while the appeal of the band's followup, RISK, is not as immediate, it rawks with the dark, musically dense intensity we've come to expect from frontman Dave Mustaine and axe-grinder Dave Ellefson. The best things here are the supercharged yet sweet "Breadline" and the flailing "Time: The End." Sure, these seasoned road ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
The world of metal has recently undergone drastic changes, redefining itself to accommodate the rap-rock crossover success of Korn and the punk-grunge dirge-rock of Sevendust. But Megadeth remain a satisfying force for metalheads who haven't forgotten the heyday of unfettered, undiluted speed-sludge. CRYPTIC WRITINGS, from 1997, sold surprisingly well, and while the appeal of the band's followup, RISK, is not as immediate, it rawks with the dark, musically dense intensity we've come to expect from frontman Dave Mustaine and axe-grinder Dave Ellefson. The best things here are the supercharged yet sweet "Breadline" and the flailing "Time: The End." Sure, these seasoned road warriors aren't doing a whole lot of innovating, but the fun of listening to RISK lies in hearing Megadeth continue to rock out with politically aware, musically progressive metal as they move into middle age. They may be doing this when they're 55, and if so, more power to 'em.
All Music Guide - Steve Huey
In many ways, Megadeth's career trajectory has run parallel to Metallica's; both bands started out as speed-metal outfits, then broadened into technically adept progressive thrash, and in the early '90s, streamlined and slowed down their songs for mass-market acceptance. While that mainstreaming process was initially viewed as both commercially and artistically successful, it also meant that neither band represented heavy metal's cutting edge any longer. As MTV combined its appetite for new trends with decreased music programming, Megadeth found themselves unable to rely on it or a cultish underground fan base to promote their music. So, they began to concentrate on a medium that had all but ignored them during the '80s: album-rock radio. Certainly, radio had become more willing to accept their music as time passed, and Megadeth cultivated that more conservative audience with polished production and reduced fury. And that's what they continued to do with 1999's Risk. To their credit, Megadeth never went as far as trying to reshape their sound around AOR's rampant '70s worship, so even if their music lost a good deal of its danger and excitement, it has aged gracefully something that can't always be said of Metallica's '90s output. Risk is not much of a departure from its two predecessors; more reflective, melodic, and conventional than the Megadeth of old, it delivers a well-played set of hard rock tunes suitable for metal and AOR fans alike. Some of those tunes are catchier than others, and they're enough to carry the album if you're a fan of this style. Even if the album's title is a misnomer, it's startling to see Megadeth still around -- and still successful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/1999
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724357987820
  • Catalog Number: 579878
  • Sales rank: 82,680

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Insomnia (4:34)
  2. 2 Prince of Darkness (6:25)
  3. 3 Enter the Arena (0:52)
  4. 4 Crush 'Em (4:57)
  5. 5 Breadline (4:24)
  6. 6 The Doctor Is Calling (5:40)
  7. 7 I'll Be There (4:20)
  8. 8 Wanderlust (5:22)
  9. 9 Ecstasy (4:28)
  10. 10 Seven (5:00)
  11. 11 Time: The Beginning (3:04)
  12. 12 Time: The End (2:26)
  13. 13 Insomnia (4:19)
  14. 14 Breadline (4:28)
  15. 15 Crush 'Em (5:12)
  16. 16 [CD-ROM Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Megadeth Primary Artist
Marty Friedman Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
David Ellefson Electric Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Dave Mustaine Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Jimmy DeGrasso Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Marty Friedman Composer, Contributor
Jeff Balding Engineer
David Ellefson Composer
Dann Huff Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Dave Mustaine Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Liner Notes
Ralph Patlan Engineer
Bud Prager Composer
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Jimmy DeGrasso Contributor
Shannon Ward Art Direction
Bo Caldwell Artwork
Kevin Lefebvre Artwork
Dave McRobb Artwork
Prager Composer, Lyricist
Friedman Composer
Tom Baker Mastering
Michael Müller Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Risky...

    Too bad that Megadeth couldn't continue series of good albums. Well some good songs, Insomnia, Prince of Darkness are heavy and of course ballad Breadline and rocky sound Crush 'em.

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