Endgame is the twelfth studio album by the American heavy metal band Megadeth. Released on September 9, 2009, it was the second Megadeth album distributed throughRoadrunner Records. Produced by Andy Sneap and Dave Mustaine, it entered theBillboard 200 at number 9, marking the band's tenth overall top 10 debut. It 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 before Dave Ellefsonreplaced him in 2010.
There are eleven tracks on the album, with lyrics inspired by subjects ranging from The Lord of the Rings, the Financial crisis of 2007–2010, insanity, medieval torture devices and the North Hollywood shootout. Two singles were released from the album: "The Right to Go Insane" and "Head Crusher." On December 3, 2009, it was announced on the official Megadeth homepage that "Head Crusher" had been nominated for "Best Metal Performance" at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, the band's first nomination since "Trust," 11 years prior. "This Day We Fight!" was featured as a playable song on Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.
The album received generally positive reviews from music critics, and was thought of continuing the success from the band's 2007 album United Abominations. It received a positive review by musician Slash.
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