But things continue to pick itself up with the next track, “Blessed Are The Dead” and it’s amazing that the album jumps from the worst track bouncing to one of the best tracks. It does mock the people who died in war but at the same time you would want to think like that to the enemies you’ve killed. It’s a great song to listen to when you finally exact your vengeance and celebrate your victory. Next I love this following album “Pay For Blood,” which the lyrics are so interesting to listen to instead of the awesome guitar. It’s about attracting crowds if they want action & blood is the only payment as if you’re not coming back. But after two great tracks, we bounce back to a bad track and that is “A Tout Le Monde” Wait! Wasn’t this in Youthanasia? Yeah it was, but this remake just ruins the feel from the original because the new modern sound didn’t fit the structure of the song which eliminates the soul and kept ruining the song with the guest singer, Cristina Scabbia, who has no business being in this album, let alone anything with Medgadeth. I think another big reason why “United Abominations” is so commercialized is because of Gears of War and the remake of “A Tout Le Monde” to wet the beaks of fans that only are familiar with their older work to get into the album. The failure here is that it sounds mediocre. Now let’s bounce back to the good part of the album with “Amerikhastan.” If “United Abominations” is the UN turned evil, “Amerikhastan” is US turned terrorism. Creative move for a song that seeks imagination and I love how Dave picks the hypocrisies of US as them doing the same as terrorists. “You’re Dead” was a surprise return of an old song called “Wake Up Dead” from “Peace Sells” but a little too similar with the instrument notes and the lyrics that demands vengeance. Then finally our last track “Burnt Ice” I admit the lyrics doesn’t make any lick of a sense, but a good song with bad lyrics is without the music and Megadeth play their souls off of this song to display their skills.
At the end, “United Abominations” is remembered as one of the best albums of 2007 and 2007 was a huge year in music. Just check out any best of 2007 albums list and you can see so many albums that came out that year to be instant classics from LCD Soundsystem’s “Sound of Silver,” Daft Punk’s “Alive 2007,” Radiohead’s “In Rainbows,” Battle’s “Mirrors,” ect. With the exception of “Gears of War,” & “A Tout Le Monde”, Megadeth’s decision to use the new audio quality and display them off with highly skillful music-making was a wise one. I will however say that the regular copy is NOT enough because there’s one more track that they SHOULD have put in the regular copy of “United Abominations,” but is only exclusive for the pre-ordered copy is just one really, Really, REALLY great song; “Black Swan.” Even though all the songs in “United Abominations” is so heavy and nerve-wracking (in a good way) “Black Swan” was a step back to old sound and is completely creative with the songwriting. The instrument notes are slow-paced and the lyrics are so clear and depict the horrors of seeing an illusion of the black swan when the guardian angel left. Now before you call rip-off on Megadeth, I like to remind you that this song was made in 2007 and the Black Swan movie was released in theaters in 2010, so it should be the other way around. But I just love to finally hear Dave Mustaine sing lyrics of him (or someone) vulnerable being haunted by this Black Swan creature. It’s soulful, insightful, and so catchy that it has a better lasting impression than ALL the songs in “United Abominations,” and why was “Black Swan” not in the regular copy? I mean this song is so under the radar that it deserves to be in Megadeth’s Top 5 best songs ever! I don’t know, I’m upset that UA was great, but should have been better for just one song missing. Well, if you got the pre-ordered United Abominations, I consider yourself lucky, but for the rest of us, we had to wait till years later when it’s finally released in a hard copy in another album, “Th1rt3en”. Well, just UN alone, it was a great turn for the band and is remembered as the best metal album of 2007.
- Black Swan (GOD DAMN IT!)
- Blessed Are the Dead
The Top Lister’s album score (for the Pre-Ordered Copy) – 5 / 5