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As of this writing, I’ve listened to Megadeth’s TH1RT3EN all the way through only once, but I’m kinda sad to say I think it’s good but not great. The problem is that, frankly, there just aren’t enough good songs — basically, the same problem I had with United Abominations. By count, more than half of the album is pretty boring; Endgame‘s track record was far superior. (I’m not even gonna get into classic ‘Deth.)

So I understand why the band has now released “Black Swan” — it’s definitely one of the best songs on TH1RT3EN. In fact, I’d say with its unveiling, you have now heard all but one of the best numbers on the record: “Sudden Death,” “Public Enemy No. 1,” and “Never Dead” were all previously released. If you don’t dig these lil’ ditties, well, I doubt the rest of TH1RT3EN will win you over.

Check out “Black Swan” below and let us know what you think in the comments section. Roadrunner will release TH1RT3EN on November 1.

-AR

[via Metal Injection]

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