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World Needs a Hero [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (14 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Is
  • ASIN: B00005IA7I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 491,298 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The line-up is different. The record company is new. But vitriol-tongued Dave Mustaine remains Megadeth's one constant. While World Needs A Hero is more commercial and mature than such unbridled early releases as So Far, So Good, So What, this follow up to the poorly received Risk finds Megadeth returning mostly to their metallic roots. Mustaine continues to alternately mine politics and self-reflection to good effect and his solos still shred the ears. The taut, hooky "Moto Psycho" is polished, millennial thrash, and though the rest of the material on this 12-song collection isn't as instantly memorable, it's certainly ambitious. Mustaine's biting vocal and the muscular musicianship of the powerful title track and the pained love-lost ode "1000 Times Goodbye" hit the mark, as does the epic, string-laden ballad "Promises", though Mustaine's patented vocal seems out of place, as does the classical guitar on "Recipe For Hate-Warhorse". That said, old-school fans will worship the likes of "Moto Psycho" and the classic and brutal "Dread and the Fugitive Mind" and "Return to the Hangar". --Katherine Turman

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Format: Audio CD
I lost faith in Megadeth, when I read the reviews for Risk back in that dark bleak year it was released in 1999, I thought, could Dave stoop any lower?.this is Megadeth after all, it's in the name. Megadeth should live up to what the band name stands for, and with each album after Countdown, Dave Mustaine's writing ability and song structure were getting ever weaker, in my opinion. But then came along 'The World Needs a Hero'. After leaving Capitol Records, and Dave producing the entirity of the album, refilling the gaps left by the incredible Nick Menza and Marty Friedman, with the formidable Jimmy DeGrasso and Al Pitrelli, it seemed Megadeth were getting their Mojo back! And what a return this was! In my opinion, this is easily the worthy successor to Countdown to Extinction, This is the album, had it been the road they continued, would have sat perfectly next to it.
I've read a lot of people (not on here I might add) saying the album is poorly produced, the songs are weak, and that the vocals are not Dave's best, but I strongly disagree. From the opening track, 'Disconnect' (I like the fact that the word 'Disco' and the meaning of disconnecting themselves from the past mistakes are sublimally included!)you get the old Megadeth engine revving again! The title track has an interesting groove, almost unlike anything they've tried before, and a refreshing style of verse, a personal protest from Dave about ignoring the fat cats, and standing up for the name Megadeth once stood for, bringing the flag back to the fans! On other tracks, 'Motopsycho' has elements of another sludge metal groove, but also a retro feel to it, and a great rhythm chorus, adding his trilogy of fast lane road deth! with '501' and 'High-Speed Dirt'.
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In one way following up the...well...let's be honest...CRAP 'Risk' must have been a good thing. Expectation must have been very low for MD fans and this is just the tonic they needed. Although definitely not in the same league as the first 5 albums and not a thrash album (I'd say its a mix of 'Countdown' and 'Cryptic Writings') this is very strong outing indeed in my opinion. It definitely sounds better if you listen to it chronologically in Megadeth album terms and I guess you can say its the brilliant filling for the shit sandwich between 'Risk' and the very good in patches, but also very bad in patches 'The System Has Failed'. A diamond in the rough with some excellent fringe Megadeth songs.
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
More a 4.5 but you can't give that and it's not a 5 hence a 4 as there is some classics here but also 1 or 2 fillers but should still be in your collection. Mine was on vinyl so a lot better sound but expensive compared to the cd I also have for general listening
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This album put Megadeth back on solid footing after the Cryptic Writings and Risk years, where they streamlined their thrash-metal into a more radio-friendly commercial sound.

This album blows those two away. It's hard, dark and fast, with riffs blasting like they're going out of fashion. It's melodic and poetic, the lyrics (while not Mustaine's best) show a determination on the part of the band to reclaim their old crown as the kings of the thrash metal scene. Catchy riff opener Disconnect hooks you right in, through to awesome first single Moto Psycho, chugging 1000 Times Goodbye and the perennial crowd favourite Dread And The Fugitive Mind. The real stand out tracks come last, being Return To Hangar (which confirms once and for all that the thrash metal Megadeth is back) and the 9-minute epic of When, a song to curdle your blood and spew volumes of spite on your enemies.

An excellent album, though not quite up there with the classics Peace Sells or Countdown to Extinction
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Revamped group, the departure of Marty Friedman, could have left a giant hole in the band. The return to their speed metal roots has launched a fantastic album with some excellent rifts. Dave Mustaine vocals again fails to live up to all expectations, but as any Fan of the group will tell you this adds to the essence. The awsome moto physico is just a taste of what is held within the album as a whole. A must for all Megadeth fans.
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Major improvement over the previous disaster that was "Risk." This album has a similar style to "Countdown to Extinction" without the as much grittiness.

This is the album which steers the Megadeth ship back in the right direction. It's a must for Megadeth fans.
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