World Needs a Hero [VINYL]
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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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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'.Read more ›
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
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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megadeth have always been one of the strongest thrash metal bands out there and rust in peace and peace sells where amazing albums but this is thrash metal at its finest, the... Read morePublished on 3 May 2007 by Mrs. Jayne M. Jarvis
I've had this album along time now.Megadeth was the first metal band i got into back in school,when pop and hip-hop and r&b was all that.. Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2006 by D. Boyt