Panic! at the Disco recently released their fifth album, “Death of a Bachelor” and I’ve enjoyed everything about it so far. I haven’t really listened to Panic! at the Disco since 2008’s “Pretty. Odd.” (one of my favorite albums of all time), and a lot has changed since then. Brandon Urie is currently the only member of the band, however his voice has always been the signature feature of the band.
The album starts off with a bang on the celebratory and upbeat track “Victorious” that is hard not to want to dance to. The album then wastes no time transitioning into the signature riff from “Rock Lobster” in “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time” which features the most addicting chorus of the album celebrating “Champagne, cocaine, gasoline, and most things in between.”
The entire album is one fun time after another, featuring one exuberant track after another until it reaches its conclusion with “Impossible Year”, a slow, brooding song that feels out of place. I think it would’ve made more sense to end the album with ” House of Memories”, which would’ve made for a stronger and more cohesive album. In the end I’ve enjoyed “Death of a Bachelor” quite a bit, and the upbeat tracks never fail to leave me in a good mood.
I’ve never really listened to a lot of Megadeth, but when I saw their fifteenth album while browsing Apple Music I couldn’t help but download it. I was pleasantly surprised by how familiar the album sounds compared to my memory of Megadeth. The album sounds like something that could’ve been released in the early nineties, which is awesome, especially as a Metallica fan who has been consistently disappointed with every album released in the last 20 years.
Megadeth’s “Dystopia” features plenty of epic build ups, such as the 1:30 intro on “Poisonous Shadows.” The instrumental track “Conquer… or Die!” is sounds great at max volume, and the incredibly fast “Foreign Policy” ends the album on a high note that left me dying for more.