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Endgame is the twelfth studio album by American heavy metal band Megadeth. Released on September 9, 2009, it is the first album featuring guitarist Chris Broderick following Glen Drover's departure in 2008.

The album debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200. Singles were made for "Head Crusher" and "44 Minutes".

Background

The first preview of any song off Endgame was a six-minute video featuring the band's English producer Andy Sneap describing the process of mixing the new Megadeth track "Head Crusher" at his studio in Derbyshire, Englandmarker.In the video, Sneap says, "It's certainly old-school Megadeth — that's what I like."Endgame was recorded at the band's own personal studio, aptly named Vic's Garage, in San Marcos, Californiamarker USA.

Dave Mustaine, Megadeth's frontman and co-lead guitarist, has said, "It is fast, it is heavy, there is singing, yelling, speaking, and guest voices (maybe not singing — more like in "Captive Honour"), the soloing is insane. We have some great song concepts, like 'The Right To Go Insane' is a song about having been wiped out, like so many Americans, from the recession and potential depression years of 2000, or 'Bite the Hand', which is a song about the greed of the fiduciary leaders of the financial world and how they just didn't care about the responsibility they had to the public.

There are also songs like '1,320', a song about nitro fuel funny cars. He said the songs "How The Story Ends" and "This Day We Fight!" were both inspired by "warrior creed from the great Sun Tzu with the use of drums and flags in ancient war, and an impassioned plea from Aragorn to his loyal fighters in Lord of the Rings trilogy, respectively." He adds "I also have some bizarre songs, like 'Head Crusher', which is about the medieval torture device, and "Endgame", the title track, which is about a bill that ex-President George W. Bush signed into law that gave him the power to put American citizens in detention centers here in the United States, and a favorite lyric of mine on this record about the North Hollywood bank robberymarker ["44 minutes"] of 1997."

On the September 10th edition of the Alex Jones Show, Jones suggested that the title and cover of Endgame was inspired by the movie Endgame written and directed also by Jones. Jones stated that he had sent Mustaine a copy of the movie after he had appeared on the radio program in 2008. It was later confirmed by Dave Mustaine on the Alex Jones show that the album name was inspired by his documentary Endgame.

Production

On May 19, it was announced that Megadeth had finished recording the album, at that time untitled.

On May 26, Chris Broderick posted the following on their official website:

"As for the CD, I can’t believe the way the whole thing came together. It has a unique and original sound that I don’t think could have come together with any other group of people. From Dave’s snarling vocals, to James’ huge bass sound and Shawn’s dead accurate drumming it is just relentless, and with Andy producing, it focused the sound and direction of the CD. I feel lucky to be a part of it, for one thing it definitely did, was make me expand and play in different styles. I can’t wait for the release, and I hope all of you find something in it you like."

On May 27, Dave Mustaine confirmed all 12 songs are complete and they are currently under mixing and mastering the record.

The album title was revealed on June 18 to be Endgame, named after the track of the same name.

"Head Crusher" was first played for the public at the Canadian Carnage Tour on June 24. On July 18 Dave Mustaine confirmed via the Megadeth forums that a video for "Head Crusher" will be shot on July 28. It was later aired on September 11.

The artwork for the album was released on July 27, exclusively for members of the Megadeth Fanclub, but it was leaked with the entire album shortly after.

The tracklisting on Megadeth.com was updated on August 8, showing that a number of other song titles had also been altered, specifically shortening "Bite the Hand That Feeds", "Bodies Left Behind" and "Nothing Left to Lose" was changed to "The Right to Go Insane".

Singles

The first single off of the new album is "Head Crusher". According to Roadrunner Records official website, a download of "Head Crusher" was available for 24-hours on July 7, starting at 11:00 AM EDT(the availability of download ended the morning of July 8). The track was previously available for listening by calling Dave Mustaine's number, through the TheLiveLine.com, a service he launched that enables musicians to connect to their audience over the phone. Now it can be streamed from Roadrunner Records website and available for downloading in Amazon and iTunes.

The song "1,320'" was released on Sunday, August 16 exclusively to the members of the Megadeth Fanclub, it was later put up for streaming and downloading at the Roadrunner Records website.

The song "44 Minutes" is going to be the next single off Endgame, and is currently set up to be released in January, Dave Mustaine also confirmed that there will be a music video for "44 Minutes".

Reception

Endgame received highly positive reviews and was thought of continuing the success from the band's 2007 album United Abominations. Chad Bowar, About.com reviewer, stated, "Megadeth is still at the top of their game. Endgame has some old-school moments, but also modern ones. 2007’s United Abominations garnered a lot of critical praise and was on many year-end best of lists that year... Endgame is even better." Eduardo Rivadavia of Allmusic stated, "...and company's second release for Roadrunner, Endgame, whose title apparently refers to "coming full circle" rather than any sort of goodbye, and finds the latest iteration of Megadeth — debuting new guitarist Chris Broderick (ex-Nevermore, Jag Panzer) — working primarily within their technical thrash comfort zone (think Peace Sells through Rust in Peace), with only a few latter-day elements and rare experimental diversions."

Adrien Begrand, Popmatters reviewer, said, "...it’s all due to Mustaine sticking to his strengths, and with the extraordinarily talented Broderick as his new wingman, the record positively scorches with an intensity we haven’t heard since Rust in Peace. With its furious back-and-forth solos, opening instrumental “Dialectic Chaos” wastes no time in showcasing that dynamic between Mustaine and Broderick, and combined with the pure speed of “This Day We Fight”, longtime fans will be instantly reminded of the bracing “Into the Lungs of Hell”/“Set the World Afire” one-two punch that kicks off 1988’s great So Far So Good…So What!."

Endgame debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200, selling 45,000 copies in the United States and 8,200 copies in Canada in its first week of release. The album also placed as #1 on the Hard Rock Albums chart and #2 on the Rock Albums chart.

Musician Slash gave a favorable review to Endgame via twitter.

Track listing

Chart performance

Album - Billboard (North America)
Year Chart Position
2009 Billboard 200 9
2009 Top Rock Albums 2
2009 Top Digital Albums 10
2009 Top Hard Rock Albums 1
2009 Top European Albums 16


Album - Other charts
Year Chart Position
2009 UK Top 40 24
2009 Argentina 7
2009 Australia 11
2009 Austria 22
2009 Canada 4
2009 Finland 7
2009 Germany 21
2009 Italy 26
2009 Ireland 27
2009 Norway 15
2009 Polish 19
2009 Switzerland 32
2009 Sweden 17


Release history

Country Date Label Catalog No.
Japanmarker September 9, 2009
Europe September 11, 2009 Roadrunner Records/The All Blacks RR 7885-2
Australia September 11, 2009 Roadrunner Records/Warner Music RR 7885-2
United Kingdommarker September 14, 2009
United Statesmarker September 15, 2009
Finlandmarker September 16, 2009
Brazilmarker September 17, 2009


Personnel



References

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