2007 | Metal
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“When the smoke has cleared, the devil's in the mirror. -- And you see his warheads paint the sky, now you die!"
- The album hit #8 on the Billboard 200.
- United Abominations is the first Megadeth release on Roadrunner Records and, with the exception of Mustaine, was recorded with an all-new line-up.
- All artwork for the album was selected from a contest held by DeviantArt. No photographs of the band were taken for the CD booklet, leaving the entire design as fan-made artwork.
THE HOT TAKES
This song was originally written for a video game, also called Gears of War. While I was never that much of a fan of the game, the song has always stood out to me, even among Megadeth's extended catalog. While it's not my favorite Megadeth jam, this one provides the kind of look at war that I dearly appreciate. There's nothing romantic here. No crusading. Just an inhumane condition forced on people, grinding them down to nothing. "Smart bombs, precision guided armament; A more sophisticated way to end up dead." The delivery is blunt, abrupt, and extremely appropriate for a field in which people's entire existences are wiped out, without a care in the world from the perpetrators.
This is another great Megadeth contribution to the list. “Smart bombs, precision guided armament / A more sophisticated way to end up dead,” what a lyric. For millennia people have not only been developing more sophisticated ways to kill each other, but also refining the lies and reasons for doing it. The combination of fear and power keeps those gears turning. It reminds me of a great quote from a speech given by Mario Savio, leader of The Free Speech Movement at Berkeley in the 1960’s. His speech was in regards to the bureaucracy of the school and it’s suppression of students' rights to free speech, but he says it so beautifully and it certainly applies to the war machine and how important stopping it is. “There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part. You can't even passively take part! And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop! And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it — that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!” While the empire expands through violence, there will be no freedom. We must be willing to stop the war machine at all costs.
This song is clearly dedicated to the military industrial complex. So many of the largest companies in America are "defense" companies. The lineup changes as to who's at the top dependent on which politicians are in office. I'm sure it exists as a bit of a rivalry where the pony's consistently jockey for the lead. I use "defense" loosely because these company's make machines who's only future is in a foreign land. I'm not sure how you defend us in another country, that screams aggression to me, but who am I. I especially like the mirror line in here. I wonder how anyone can justify working for Lockhead every time I pass that giant building here in Ohio.