If you missed out on the free download of Megadeth's "Head Crusher", which was only offered for one day in July, this one is especially for you. "1,320'", another song from their latest album, Endgame, can currently be downloaded for free from their page at Roadrunner Records. Like the former song, this one is another dose of old school thrash metal that fans of their older albums will feel right at home with. The song starts off with the sound of a race car revving its engine, followed by an insane sounding guitar riff that would fit right in on Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!, the band's 1985 debut album. The final minute and a half of the song consists of Dave Mustaine and new guitarist Chris Broderick trading blistering guitar solos with each other, much in the same way as Mustaine and Marty Friedman did on "Hangar 18" from 1990's Rust in Peace.
I'd also like to take a moment to discuss the value of free music here. Before I downloaded "Head Crusher" in July, the last Megadeth album I had purchased was 2001's The World Needs a Hero. I could not bring myself to get excited about their next two albums, 2004's The System Has Failed and 2007's United Abominations. I think the main reason for this was the fact that I didn't really know who the band was anymore - my favourite albums all come from the 90s when they had their most stable lineup with Marty Friedman on guitar, Nick Menza on drums, and co-founder David Ellefson on bass. One by one, all of those guys departed the band for their own reasons, leaving me doubtful that Mustaine could ever come close to what he produced with that lineup.
All it took was a single listen to "Head Crusher" to make me realize how foolish I was to think any such thing. In my post about that song, I said that it sounded "pretty good" and that I was considering checking out Endgame once it was released. Well, I did just that yesterday, and it has been in fairly constant rotation ever since. I'm very glad to have found my way back to a band I once proudly considered one of my favourites, and to discover that they are still producing excellent music, no matter who may be in the band. I think it's even more awesome that it was a free download of a single song that led to the band regaining a lost fan - had I not been able to hear "Head Crusher" for myself, I probably would have carried on without even acknowledging the release of Endgame. Instead, it is now a serious contender for my favourite album of the year.
So to summarize: free music is awesome and bands stand to gain a whole lot by releasing even a little of their music for free. If you haven't heard any Megadeth before, or if you like their old music but not their newer stuff for whatever reason, you could do a lot worse than to check out "1,320'". It's a 3.54 MB MP3 file, and no registration, email address, or anything else is needed to download it - just click the DOWNLOAD TRACK button, and get ready to enjoy. Happy listening!
http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/artists/Megadeth/ (go here for the "1,320'" download)