Cryptic Writings

album by Megadeth

Cryptic Writings is the seventh studio album by American thrash metal band, Megadeth. Cryptic Writings was released on June 17, 1997 through Capitol Records.[1] It is Megadeth's last album to feature drummer Nick Menza.

Cryptic Writings
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 17, 1997
RecordedSeptember 1996 at The Tracking Room in Nashville, Tennessee
GenreHeavy metal
ProducerDann Huff, Dave Mustaine
Megadeth chronology
Cryptic Writings ''Risk

The album peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200 and at #17 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[2][3] In 1998, the song "Trust" was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Metal Performance.[4]


No. TitleLyricsMusic Length
1. "Trust"   Mustaine, Marty Friedman 5:11
2. "Almost Honest"   Mustaine, Friedman 4:02
3. "Use the Man"   Mustaine, Friedman 4:35
4. "Mastermind"     3:48
5. "The Disintegrators"     2:50
6. "I'll Get Even"  Mustaine, Friedman, David Ellefson, Brian HoweMustaine, Friedman, Ellefson, Howe 4:23
7. "Sin"  Mustaine, Ellefson, Nick MenzaMustaine, Ellefson, Menza 3:06
8. "A Secret Place"     5:29
9. "Have Cool, Will Travel"     3:28
10. "She-Wolf"     3:36
11. "Vortex"     3:38
12. "FFF"   Mustaine, Friedman, Ellefson, Menza 2:38
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  1. "Cryptic Writings - Megadeth - Releases". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-3-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. "Megadeth Album & Song Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-3-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. "Slayer Album & Song Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-3-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. "40th Grammy Awards - 1998". Rock On the Net. Retrieved 2015-3-24. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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