Each band is free to change their sound from time to time. However, when planning to play something new, most bands try to get their listeners into a new sound by slowly introducing elements you’ve never heard before. Or you can just do what these bands did and dive into something new.
Without any prior warning, these bands decided to embrace new styles overnight, creating a serious audio boost for anyone listening to their latest albums. While it’s admirable for an artist to play what they want to play, the shifts between these two styles are like night and day, like a switch has tripped in their brain.
Does this mean that these albums are all terrible? No way. Sometimes when you make those changes, you end up doing it so well that your audience goes with you, being just as interested in where you’re going as they are in yourself. Then again, there are bands that have changed things up and ended up leaving part of their fanbase in the dust as well. However, there are no rules in the world of popular music, and you have to give these artists credit for sticking to their guns and making the kind of music no one expected.
It must have been difficult for Dave Mustaine to see Metallica step up a notch every year. Even though Megadeth was formed with the intention of pounding Metallica into the ground, they always seemed to be slaughtered by their musical big brother, with Countdown to Extinction being blown out of the water by the Black Album in the early 1980s. 90. Since Metallica could go in the more pop direction, so could Dave, right?
Well, yeah, it’s just that maybe it wasn’t quite like that. It’s not like Dave doesn’t know how to write a catchy hook, with most of Megadeth’s best songs having earworms in every section. When he tried to dumb it down and make more radio-friendly singles, it didn’t come out well from Dave’s mouth. Mustaine has always been great when it comes to the kind of raw anger and aggression of metal, so when he has to do more accessible hooks like Breadline, his usual singing almost makes the whole thing sarcastic.
While Mustaine says this record might have sold if it had been made under a different name, there’s no denying that most of the sales numbers for this album came from fans wanting another Megadeth and coming back with Dave trying to elevate himself. in the charts. While Metallica’s flirtation with the charts on Load and ReLoad is already a little mixed, Risk is the kind of album that seems to go against everything that made Megadeth dangerous in the first place.