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Risk
Studio album by Megadeth
Released August 31, 1999
Recorded January – April 1999
Genre Hard rock
Length 50:21
Label Capitol
Producer Dann Huff, Dave Mustaine
Professional reviews
Megadeth chronology
Cryptic Writings
(1997)
Risk
(1999)
The World Needs A Hero
(2001)
Alternate cover
remastered re-release

Risk is the eighth studio album by American heavy metal band Megadeth released in 1999. Risk is the last original Megadeth release to feature long time Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman, who announced his departure from the group in March 2000.[1] This album is the first Megadeth recording with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso.

The title stems from a comment by Lars Ulrich from Metallica, who suggested to Dave Mustaine that he take more "risks" with his music [2]. This decision resulted in mixed reviews for both the band and the album; a good portion did not favor the new sound and image, while other praised the band for attempting something different and experimenting rather than sticking to their roots.

Contents

Track listing

# Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Insomnia"   Dave Mustaine Mustaine 4:16
2. "Prince of Darkness"   Mustaine Mustaine, Marty Friedman 6:26
3. "Enter the Arena"   Mustaine, Bud Prager Mustaine 0:43
4. "Crush 'Em About this sound sample "   Mustaine, Prager Mustaine, Friedman 4:54
5. "Breadline"   Mustaine, Prager Mustaine, Friedman 4:32
6. "The Doctor Is Calling"   Mustaine, Prager Mustaine, Friedman 5:44
7. "I'll Be There"   Mustaine, Prager Mustaine, Friedman 5:13
8. "Wanderlust"   Mustaine Mustaine, Friedman 5:48
9. "Ecstasy"   Mustaine Mustaine, Friedman 4:31
10. "Seven"   Mustaine, David Ellefson Mustaine 4:46
11. "Time: The Beginning"   Mustaine Mustaine, Friedman 3:10
12. "Time: The End"   Mustaine Mustaine 2:41

Japanese version

# Title Lyrics Music Length
13. "Duke Nukem Theme"   (instrumental) Lee Jackson 3:54

2004 bonus tracks

# Title Lyrics Music Length
13. "Insomnia" (Jeff Balding mix) Mustaine Mustaine 4:19
14. "Breadline" (Jack Joseph Puig mix) Mustaine, Prager Mustaine, Friedman 4:28
15. "Crush 'Em" (Jock mix) Mustaine, Prager Mustaine, Friedman 5:10

Limited Edition Bonus Disk/Holland Bonus CD ("No Risk Disk")

# Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Peace Sells"   Mustaine Mustaine 4.04
2. "In My Darkest Hour"   Mustaine, Ellefson Mustaine 6:20
3. "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due"   Mustaine Mustaine 6:36
4. "Symphony of Destruction"   Mustaine Mustaine 4:06
5. "A Tout Le Monde"   Mustaine Mustaine 4:31
6. "Use the Man"   Mustaine Mustaine, Friedman 4:37

Trivia

  • The cover for the remaster was noticeably different from the original, showing a drawing of Megadeth's mascot Vic Rattlehead on the mousetrap.
  • Singles and music videos were made for "Insomnia", "Crush 'em", and "Breadline".
  • "Crush 'em" was also featured in Jean-Claude Van Damme's 1999 movie Universal Soldier: The Return. Mustaine described "Crush 'em" as Megadeth's Arena Sports Anthem. The song was used as an entrance song by professional wrestler Bill Goldberg of World Championship Wrestling fame, who also starred in Universal Soldier: The Return. "Crush 'em" also can be frequently heard in ice hockey arenas, and the Tom Leykis radio show regularly uses snippets of "Crush 'em" in between segments. Drummer Jimmy DeGrasso has claimed to vehemently hate the song.
  • Dave Mustaine has stated that "I'll Be There" was inspired by the devotion of Argentine fans. The song was played live only in Argentina and Chile. In the October 9, 2005 show in Buenos Aires, Mustaine said, "'I'll Be There' is a gift for you, because we will not play this song ever again."

Personnel

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
1999 The Billboard 200 16

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1999 "Crush 'Em" Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
"Breadline" Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
"Insomnia" Mainstream Rock Tracks 26

Breadline

Breadline
Remix album by Megadeth
Released February 16, 2000
Genre Hard rock, Heavy metal
Label Toshiba EMI
Producer Co-producer: Dave Mustaine (tracks: 1-3, 5), Producer: Dann Huff (tracks: 1-3, 5)

Breadline is a single by the heavy metal band Megadeth off their album Risk. The remix single was released only in Japan.

While not necessarily a ballad, the song is a standout of Megadeth's discography in that it features a considerably lighter melody than most of their work. Its lyrics describe a poor man with no money or possessions to call his own (although the line "sniffing up the white lines" suggests he has access to cocaine). A music video was produced for "Breadline."

The Breadline EP was not released in America, though it does turn up occasionally in stores that stock imports. It features the radio edit of the song plus five remixes. This is not to be confused with the American single release of Breadline, which only contains the radio edit and the studio album version of the song (and therefore, none of the rare remixes) although the cover art is identical aside from the wording.

Marty Friedman (who co-wrote the song with Dave Mustaine) covers the song on his album Future Addict. It is considerably heavier than the original.

Track listing

# Title Lyrics Music Personnel Length
1. "Breadline" (radio edit) Dave Mustaine, Bud Prager Mustaine, Marty Friedman Jeff Balding (engineer, mixer) 4:01
2. "Breadline" (the active mix Jack Joseph Puig) Mustaine, Prager Mustaine, Friedman Jeff Balding (engineer), Jack Joseph Puig (mixer) 4:29
3. "Insomnia" (Rhys Fulber mix) Mustaine Mustaine Rhys Fulber (remixer) 4:53
4. "Symphony of Destruction" (the gristle mix) Mustaine Mustaine Chris Vrenna (mixing engineer, mixer), Sean Beavan (mixing engineer, mixer), Dave Mustaine (producer), Max Norman (producer), Trent Reznor (remixer) 9:52
5. "Crush 'Em" (jock mix) Mustaine, Prager Mustaine, Friedman Anthony J. Resta (remixer) 5:10
6. "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" (the General Schwarzkopf mix) Mustaine Mustaine Larry Walsh (editor), Chris Shepard (mixing engineer), Mark Durante (additional guitarist), Dave Mustaine (producer), Mike Clink (producer), Sascha Konietzko (remixer) 4:57

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