October 01, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Risk

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Metal
We gave it a B-

That Megadeth have survived the decline of ’80s metal is no small feat. That they occasionally sound relevant is more surprising. The headbangers prove their mettle when they modernize their bone-crushing rock: The electronically enhanced ”Insomnia” is reminiscent of Broken-era Nine Inch Nails and several tracks on Risk even pack hummable choruses. But when Dave Mustaine yowls like a possessed Cookie Monster, it’s tough to keep a straight face.

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