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Category: Speed/Thrash

Year: 1997

Label: Capitol Records

Catalog Number: 06076 84503-2

Average Rating: 80 / 100 (4 ratings)

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Megadeth Cryptic Writings  Album Cover

Dave Mustaine vocals, guitar
Marty Friedman guitar
David Ellefson bass
Nick Menza drums
1.  Trust  5:11
2.  Almost Honest  4:02
3.  Use The Man  4:35
4.  Mastermind  3:48
5.  The Disintegrators  2:50
6.  I'll Get Even  4:23
7.  Sin  3:06
8.  A Secret Place  5:29
9.  Have Cool, Will Travel  3:28
10.  She-Wolf  3:36
11.  Vortex  3:38
12.  FFF  2:38
Total Running Time:  46:44

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Steve Date: October 27, 2004 at 23:05
This was the first Megadeth Album I bought, and this album started the Megadeth craze for me. Although not their best album, there are some really great songs on it like 'Trust', 'The Disintegrators' and 'A Secret Place'. This is still a really good album.

From: Rockhead Date: November 18, 2004 at 2:09
Listen to the riff on SECRET PLACE-I defy anyone not to raise a smile and nod their head-awesome.

From: Steve Date: December 13, 2004 at 23:39
Oh yeah i forgot 'Vortex' and 'She-wolf' are proberbly some of the best tracks on the album too!

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 20, 2005 at 2:27
Probably megadeth's worst release after risk! They have like completely abondan their thrash roots and even synthesizers are present here.(similar to the case with priest's turbo). That said,use the men and trust are quite good. But overall,nothing special and a only for diehard. Rating:5/10

From: pie75 Date: September 7, 2010 at 8:37
this is a strange megadeth album it divided opimion for sure they changed a bit but it still had enough good songs on it i actualy like it better than so far so good so what but it's not on par with the others trust is brilliant love the way it builds also love almost honest,use the man,mater mind,i'll get even and secret place to me it's a very good album still

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 1, 2014 at 22:46
I won't lie--1997 was such a generally shitty year for metal, it was just good to have new music from a name wwe could trust. Or thought we could trust. (Trust--get it?) And then we heard the first single, and it sounded like '80's pop-metal with Mustaine trying to sing over it. Most of the album went that way, in fact. Thrash lifers were disgusted, but it still sounded more like metal than anything else on the radio in '97, even if it wasn't the catchiest shit ever recorded. A few moments hearken back to days of old, including "Mastermind," "The Disintegrators" and the last three tracks. But then you have Dave trying to croon a heroin ballad ("Use The Man"), or playing a very happy-sounding riff ("A Secret Place") and you just scratch your head. Another small step in the slow decline of Megadeth.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 30, 2014 at 21:11
A pretty commercial album and quite a disappointment for the die hard fans of the band,the core ones...for me is quite a decent Record with some good songs in the shape of "Trust","Almost Honest","Mastermind","The Disintegrators","I'll Get Even","Have Cool,Will Travel" & "Vortex"...80/100...an album for open minded listeners,i guess...

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