Thirteen is typically considered to be an unlucky number among those masses who are superstitious. But for metal stalwarts, Megadeth, it’s a very lucky number. That’s because the band’s aptly titled new album, “13” earned the band a grammy nomination alongside fellow Roadrunner Records labelmates, Dream Theater. On a side note, it’s a surprise that fellow labelmates, Machine Head, didn’t get a nod, as their new album, “Unto The Locusts” is an amazing new metal record, too. But I digress. The nomination was for Best Hard Rock/ Metal Performance, for the album’s lead single, ‘Public Enemy No. 1’. And while that single earned the band a Grammy nod, it’s hardly the only shining moment to what is one of the best metal albums of 2011.
“13” is one of those albums that picks audiences up by their collar, and puts a boot to their backsides from start to finish, all the while leaving just enough time to breath between tracks. It’s a nonstop, full throttle, adrenaline rush straight through. It takes a lot of the classic metal riffs from the likes of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Motorhead, and thread them together for an album that simply won’t grow old, no matter how many listens it gets. There’s even a touch of classic Metallica (go figure) in ‘Millenium of The Blind’ Considering that the band brought fellow metal vets, Motorhead onto the Gigantour in 2011, the similarities to Motorhead were be that much more evident. That’s not such a bad thing, either. Considering the state of mainstream rock, Megadeth’s new release is exactly what purist metal fans want and need.
The softest that Megadeth gets on “13” is the album’s closer, which also happens to be its title track. The catch is taht just when audiences think they’re getting a chance to catch their breath, the song kicks things up just enough to keep audiences’ adrenaline going for one last song. It could almost be considered the studio version of an encore. Again, this is not a bad thing. It ends just as softly as it began, ultimately leaving audiences with what is hopefully a sense of fullfilment from what is not only one of the best metal albums of the year, but one of the best albums of the year, despite what Grammy voters may believe.