Megadeth ‎– Cryptic Writings

Capitol Records ‎– CDP 7243 8 38262 2 3
CD, HDCD, Album


1 Trust 5:11
2 Almost Honest 4:03
3 Use The Man 4:36
4 Mastermind 3:48
5 The Disintegrators 2:50
6 I'll Get Even 4:24
7 Sin 3:06
8 A Secret Place 5:29
9 Have Cool, Will Travel 3:28
10 She-Wolf 3:38
11 Vortex 3:39
12 FFF 2:38

Companies, etc.



Printed in U.S.A.

Came with a card advertising Chaos! Comics

Recorded and Mixed at The Tracking Room, Nashville, TN
Additional Recording at The Castle, Franklin, TN
Mastered at Gateway Mastering Studios, Inc., Portland, Maine

Encoded as HDCD, but no features enabled:
HDCD detected: yes (B:56094), peak_extend: never enabled, max_gain_adj: 0.0 dB, transient_filter: not detected, detectable errors: 0

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 724383826223
  • Barcode (Scanned): 7 2438-38262-2 3
  • Matrix / Runout: 724383826223 MASTERED BY EMI MFG.
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, Mirrored): 1-1-8
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, Mirrored): 1-1-13
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3, Mirrored): 1-1-15
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4, Mirrored): 1-1-14
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5, Mirrored): 1-1-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6, Mirrored): 2-1-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 7, Mirrored): 1-1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 8, Mirrored): 1-1-9
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): ifpi 165A
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): ifpi 1676
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): ifpi 1657
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): ifpi 165Q
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 5): ifpi 167A
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 6): none
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 7): ifpi 167A
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 8): ifpi 167A
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L043

Other Versions (5 of 70) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
7243 8 38262 4 7 Megadeth Cryptic Writings(Cass, Album) Capitol Records 7243 8 38262 4 7 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
C4 7243 8 38262 4 7, 7243 828262-4, E1962 Megadeth Cryptic Writings(Cass, Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records, Capitol Records C4 7243 8 38262 4 7, 7243 828262-4, E1962 Indonesia 1997 Sell This Version
CDP 7243 8 38262 2 3 Megadeth Cryptic Writings(HDCD, Album, RM) Capitol Records CDP 7243 8 38262 2 3 US 2004 Sell This Version
none Megadeth Cryptic Writings(CDr, Album, TP, Sig) Capitol Records none US 1997 Sell This Version
TOCP-50520~21 Megadeth Cryptic Writings(HDCD, Album, Ltd + CD, Album, Ltd) Capitol Records TOCP-50520~21 Japan 1998 Sell This Version


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February 13, 2019
Note that the HDCD version of this album does not use peak extension.


February 8, 2018

Having outlived the thrash era of the 80's and survived the grunge period of the 90's, it was evident that Megadeth were gradually going for a more radio-friendly sound with each album. While 1994's 'Youthanasia' still maintained a lot of the bands metal elements, 1997's 'Cryptic Writings' is where they really started to delve deep into "hard rock" territory.

Most fans probably scoffed at the thought, notoriously frowning upon any of their heroes for "selling out" to reach a wider audience and make more money. However, while this may not be the same thrash metal band that released such classics as 'Holy Wars', 'Hanger 18' and 'Peace Sells', the material here is still of a high quality, and the top-notch production really gives the band a very clear, vibrant, and contemporary sound. And it still holds up today.

'Cryptic Writings' is notable for being the final release featuring what many consider the "classic" Megadeth line-up, with drummer Nick Menza leaving the band after this album, and guitarist Marty Friedman leaving after the release of its successor, 'Risk'. Still, the members are as cohesive as ever here, and the lack of thrashy, speed metal riffs has given them more space to breathe, with a wider palette of ideas making for more colourful and varied compositions.

I was 12 years-old when I bought this on CD, and at the time it was heaviest thing I'd ever heard. In fact, this was my second Megadeth purchase after 1999's 'Risk', and so both albums have an endearing place in my heart. Hits such as 'Trust', 'Almost Honest', 'Mastermind' and 'A Secret Place' have stayed with me well into adulthood, and for the metal fans who crave for the Megadeth of old, there's songs like 'The Disintegrators', 'She-Wolf', 'Vortex' and 'FFF'.

Overall, 'Cryptic Writings' is a largely underrated album. It has an excellent sound, and consistently strong songs from start to finish, and if you can accept that the days of 80's thrash metal are dead and gone (and metal in general wasn't a hot prospect in 1997 either), then you'll find this to be one of the standout releases in Megadeth's discography.


April 1, 2017
Still nothing this year about a vinyl repress. I can't imagine how the guys that are responsible for repress and edition do not understand what people want. This piece may be the most wanted Megadeth repress as I never saw it under 200$ (moreover with no cover), but they keep on pressing rust in piece every 5 years... Really I don't understand. We need a huge serie of repressings in Megadeth's albums (Cryptic writings / Risk is a sample, but for people who don't own the albums after RIP and before the system has failed, it's a shame that we are forced not to listen to them.) Even Metallica repressed their awfull last albums. What the f**k are you waiting for ????


November 16, 2015
I listen to them 30 years ago. It was the first thrash-speed metal to my young & virgin ears. How I can believe that CRYPTIC WRITINGS is their best album.....isn't it???