Endgame is the twelfth studio album by the American heavy metal band Megadeth. It was released via Roadrunner Records (the second of three Megadeth records) on September 9, 2009 and was produced by Dave Mustaine and Andy Sneap. Endgame was the first album featuring guitarist Chris Broderick, following Glen Drover's departure in 2008, and was the band's last studio album with bass guitarist James LoMenzo; original bassist Dave Ellefson would rejoin the band only several months after the album's release.
There are eleven tracks on the album, with lyrics inspired by subjects ranging from The Lord of the Rings and the Financial crisis of 2007–2010, to insanity, torture and crime. Two singles were released from the album: "The Right to Go Insane" and "Head Crusher", the latter of which had been nominated for "Best Metal Performance" at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards. Endgame entered the Billboard 200 at number 9 (marking the band's tenth overall top 10 debut) and reached number 1 on the U.S. Top Hard Rock Albums chart, and as of April 2011 has sold around 150,000 copies in the U.S. The album received generally positive reviews from music critics, and was thought of as continuing the success from the band's previous album, United Abominations.
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