Megadeth's career really has to be broken up into 3 eras. Debut to Countdown; Youthanasia to World Needs a Hero; and then everything from Dave's rehab stint(s)/retirement to now. Everyone wants Rust part deux but you have to admit that Dave has been cranking out a pretty faithful Megadeth from System Has Failed onwards. And 13 does not disappoint. While Endgame is still the best of this era of the band, Megadeth has not delivered a clunker yet. 13 combines a tougher production yet somehow does not come across as any heavier or more menacing than Endgame. It is maybe a little less speedy though if someone was to care. Plus Dave writes a mid-pacer now better than anyone. Check out Black Swan and Whose Life. I guess the two keys being Dave is writing really strong material and his A-1 band (Drover, Broderick and the returning Ellefson) blow it out the front door with a passion. Two average-deths in my book; Guns, Drugs, and Money and Fast Lane but the metal flows for the rest. Mega-note: two oldies brought back to life from the Youthanasia sessions. The stomping New World Order and Millenium of the Blind which gets a full Extreme Makeover Edition-style upgrade from '94. Seeing that Dave has cleaned out the musical closet and you look at the artwork of this thing you wonder if Megadeth is over and out.