Risk is an 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. This album is the first Megadeth recording with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso.
The title stems from Dave Mustaine's decision to take a "risk" with the musical direction of this album. 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 the rest praised the band for attempting something different and experimenting rather than sticking to their roots.
This is the last album not to feature Vic Rattlehead in a physical form (the other two being the albums Hidden Treasures and Cryptic Writings), although his head does appear on a mousetrap shown repeatedly in the albums booklet.
Duke Nukem theme song is also available in compilation "Duke Nukem: Music to score by" and Warchest, which is a slightly different version from Japanese version of Risk.
The cover for the remaster was noticeably different from the original, showing a drawing of Megadeth's mascot Vic Rattlehead on the mousetrap.
Singles were made for "Insomnia", Crush 'em", and "Breadline".
Music videos were made for "Insomnia", "Crush 'em" and "Breadline".
|1999||The Billboard 200||16|
|1999||"Crush 'Em"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||6|
|1999||"Breadline"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||6|
|1999||"Insomnia"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||26|
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. A music video was produced for "Breadline," which parodies the hit ABC game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.
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