Megadeth
The World Needs a Hero


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by ElectricFuneral9719 USER (43 Reviews)
July 26th, 2013 | 13 replies | 642 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Failed Comeback

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After the atrocious 'Risk', Megadeth put themselves in a dilemma; either split up for a while and take their time in releasing a great comeback album or continue pushing out an album every two years with poor results. If there is one word that could sum up 'The World Needs A Hero', it'd be “rushed”; most of the album is loaded with chugging and unsatisfying half-riffs which replace the quality riffs and boring choruses like the ones found on the title track, '1000 Times Goodbye' and 'Losing My Senses'. That said, this album is still miles ahead of 'Risk' and proved that Dave Mustaine hadn't lost it completely.

In fact, I'd say that the opener, 'Disconnect', is Megadeth's best opener since 'Skin O' My Teeth' and suggests that the album will follow in the vein of the melodic style of 'Youthanasia' through the emotional vocal delivery, smooth transitions from one riff to the next and good use of dynamics. There are a few other songs that also are quite good, like 'Moto Psycho', which, despite the stupid sounding chorus (a guilty pleasure for me, though), is driven by a nice riff and has a unique swing to it. Another high point for the album would be 'Dread And The Fugitive Mind', which is similar to 'Sweating Bullets' in the stop-and-start verses but is different in that it is faster-paced, less heavy and aims for a more epic atmosphere.

Unfortunately, the whole album wasn't at this level as Dave Mustaine seemed to be on a downward slope creatively and 'The World Needs A Hero' just shows him trying harder. It doesn't help that Marty Friedman has left Megadeth for good at this point and has been replaced by Al Pitrelli, who does an impressive job, but it'd be difficult to beat Marty Friedman. This is also the last album to include David Ellefson for a while, which is a shame, because he sounds great here, giving the music a very audible and powerful deep sound.

'The World Needs A Hero' proves that Megadeth needed a break after producing one album every two years since 'Cryptic Writings' and even though the break was due to his arm injury, it would have been a wise decision to make even if that hadn't happened, as most other bands would've disbanded after that much time together anyway. This may be an improvement from 'Risk', but it still cannot live up to the standard of Megadeth's past work. Only get this if you are a die-hard fan of Megadeth.



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Thecandyman
July 26th 2013



33 Comments


So many megadeth reviews man.

WatchItExplode
July 26th 2013



3072 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I don't understand why Burning Bridges never gets any love, it's a clear standout on this crap album, imo.

DominionMM1
July 26th 2013



8827 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol moto psycho

Digging: Clutch - Blast Tyrant

KILL
July 26th 2013



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

100 miles an hour :D

ViperAces
July 26th 2013



12357 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

maybe slightly better than risk

scissorlocked
July 26th 2013



3479 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is a kinda shitty album, but I somehow like its megadethian cheesiness

Digging: Fantastic Mr Fox - Sketches

theacademy
July 26th 2013



27672 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is so underrated. its in the top half.

theacademy
July 26th 2013



27672 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

return slays so hard omfg gonna jam that now and again later

theacademy
July 26th 2013



27672 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

shut up you have like no comments time to die BITCH

scissorlocked
July 26th 2013



3479 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

1000 times goodbye is actually a hot song

KILL
July 26th 2013



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

one of the worst megadeth songs yea

theacademy
July 27th 2013



27672 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

kill even u have to like dread and the fugitive mind that song is so fucking ace like fuck a duck

theacademy
July 27th 2013



27672 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

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