Thirteenth full-length album by the legendary American Thrash Metal band.
This is the third and final album due in the band's current contract with Roadrunner Records. It is the first Megadeth studio album since “The World Needs a Hero” (2001) on which bass guitarist and founding member Dave Ellefson performs.
Album features a combination of newly composed tracks, along with older cuts written years ago but never put to tape. Darker, heavier, and more immediate than 2009's "Endgame", Dave Mustaine's snarling vocals ride higher in the mix this time around, but fans need not fear, as his fleet fingers are still possessed with the power to conjure the dead. Much of the aptly named "Th1rt3en" feels vintage, from the familiar political themes on “We the People” and the tightly wound, Dio-esque riffing on “Public Enemy No. 1” to the soft, melodramatic military snare intro of “Never Dead”, which eventually explodes into a wicked blast of retro-Thrash that feels positively invigorating, not redundant. Elsewhere, the melodic slow-burn “Millennium of the Blind” fuses Ten Years After's “I’d Love to Change the World” and Metallica's “Fade to Black” into an anti-corporation/war rant that calls out the “millennials” on their submissiveness, the snaky “Black Swan” casts long shadows that mimic “Symphony of Destruction”, and first single “Sudden Death” stands defiant before the skeptics who thought that Mustaine's newfound faith would render him bereft of the old ultraviolence.
The lead single from “Thirteen” was the Al Capone-inspired "Public Enemy No. 1". This was followed by "Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)" about a month later. A third song from the album, "Sudden Death", was released as a single prior to the announcement of “Thirteen” to promote Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. Both "Sudden Death and "Public Enemy No. 1" received Grammy nominations, as did "Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)". "Whose Life" and "Public Enemy No. 1" were nominated for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance at the 55th and 54th Grammy awards, respectively and "Sudden Death" was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 53rd Grammy awards.
Three tracks of the album are re-recordings of songs that were written around 1991 and have already been released on other Megadeth albums:
1) A demo version of "New World Order" was included on the 2004 remastered edition of "Youthanasia".
2) "Black Swan" was originally written for the "Youthanasia" recording sessions. It was released as a bonus track on the remastered deluxe version of "Youthanasia" and "United Abominations".
3) "Millennium Of The Blind" was also released as a bonus track on the 2004 remastered version of "Youthanasia".
“Thirteen” debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold about 120,000 copies in the United States as of December 2012. The album has received mostly positive reviews from critics and has a Metacritic rating of 71/100.
Roadrunner Records, 2011 (RR7700-2). Made in Germany. First press.
1. Sudden Death 05:07
2. Public Enemy No. 1 04:15
3. Whose Life (Is It Anyways?) 03:50
4. We The People 04:33
5. Guns, Drugs & Money 04:20
6. Never Dead 04:33
7. New World Order 03:56
8. Fast Lane 04:04
9. Black Swan 04:10
10. Wrecker 03:52
11. Millennium Of The Blind 04:15
12. Deadly Nightshade 04:55
13. 13 05:50
Total playing time: 57:40