Cryptic Writings

Cryptic Writings

by Megadeth


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Release Date: 06/17/1997
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724383826247
catalogNumber: 38262

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Cryptic Writings 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Megadeth really topped themselves with Cryptic Writings. Granted, it's a lot softer than Peace Sells, Rust in Peace, and Youthanasia, but everything you'd expect from Megadeth is there; top-notch musicianship, as well as intelligent and meaningful songwriting. There isn't a bad track of this record and I give it my highest recommendation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard this album when it was released, I was still stuck with the YOUTHNASIA fever that this one just did not cut it. I did not hate it, but it weasn't as impressive as the old other great MEGADETH album I grew up on. For the first time in my life, I ignored that Megadeth even released the album and stuck to listening Youthanasia and Countdown to Extinction. RISK came out after two years and I couldn't believe my ears. These were the same old guys, but going through a whole renovation in their music style. To the better, might I add. With Risk I had time to reexplore their older albums and try to compare. Cryptic Writings came into as one of the features that I came back to and was amazed. i could not understand why I let such a great album go like this. This was truly a testimony to the direction they were taking and their premiere musicship. It could be that I was going through withdrawal symptoms and too much Metallica with their Load and Re-Load releases that hitting it back with Megadeth after such a long time was something fresh. I admit, this album is nothing like their old material. It's very much different and very much going through the changes that all heavy metal are going through these days. Some of the songs are downright heavy, like She-Wolf and The Disintegrators while others are pure melody like Almost Honest, Trust and Secret Place. The guitar riffs are much finely produced and follow a distinct rhythm that doesn't take the listener by surprise as they used to in their RUST IN PEACE album. Dave Mustaine does a fine job in conducting his band toward music perfection and Marty Friedman goes to it all through his guitars (you'd love him even more if you purchase Cryptic Sounds in which Marty's guitars take over Dave's vocals). David Ellefson also does a fine job with his bass strings though his high point album is without a doubt, RISK. This album also marks the greatest loss of Megadeth being Nick Menza's last album with the band. He made listening to his drums fun and was comparable to Lars Ulrich of Metallica. His substitute in RIS, Jimmy DeGrasso, completely fails to bring out a great debut, but all Deth fans are patient for what the new meat's works in future albums. Cryptic Writings is an excellent album if you put it with Risk and try not to compare it with the older works. Megadeth are at the top of their game and they truly can take Metallica down for the count (remember Dave, an ex-Metallicat used to play lead guitar, making Megadeth have the best guitars in the industry). Though we're all going to miss Nick, this album is even greater proof of his talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is very good to see that Megadeth can do differnt kind of Music. Cryptic Writings offeres relaxing, not so heavy metal. It is more rock than metal. Guitars are well and vocals are good too. Dave Mustaine seems to enjoy singing. Lyrics are very interesting. Use the Man and I'll Get Even offer more like voodoo-thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An amazingly inventive and well produced album. It ain't as heavy as the older stuff granted, but I thing you can really see that the guys have matured in song writing and playing. There are fantastic melodies aswell as sections just to bang ur head too. My favourite tracj has to be the awesome vortex.