Megadeth - Cryptic Writings (CD, 1997) Near Mint Used CD
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Release Date: Jun 17, 1997
Record Label: Capitol/EMI Records
Sub-Genre: Thrash, Speed
Album Type: Full-Length CD
Condition: Used - NM
2. Almost Honest
3. Use The Man
5. Disintegrators, The
6. I'll Get Even
8. Secret Place, A
9. Have Cool, Will Travel
Producer: Dann Huff
Distributor: EMI Music Distribution
Recording type: Studio
Recording mode: Stereo
SPAR Code: n/a
While Metallica was busy climbing to the top of the thrash-metal heap, Dave Mustaine and Megadeth were quietly carving out a niche for themselves, distinguished by intelligent songwriting and a progressive approach that avoids erratic genre-jumping. Mustaine's breadth of song subjects continues to expand on CRYPTIC WRITINGS, with topics ranging from stalkers ("I'll Get Even") and drug addiction ("Use The Man") to Armageddon wrapped in a cloak of punk anarchy ("The Disintegrators")
Some of CRYPTIC WRITINGS' cooler touches include the electric sitar on "A Secret Place" and the acoustic guitar, mellotron and synths on the multi-part opening track "Trust". Throughout the album, guitarist Marty Friedman displays the exponential growth his playing has undergone since his days with Cacophany. His impressive sense of rhythm comes to the fore on "Almost Honest" and "Have Cool, Will Travel."
3.5 Stars (out of 5) - ...a snarling brew of nasal yowls, crunchy riffs and speed-of-light guitar solos that would paralyze Yngwie Malmsteen....Megadeth wrap their bundles of spite with enough melody to keep the grooves memorable...
Rolling Stone (08/07/1997)
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