Megadeth
The World Needs a Hero


3.0
good

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
October 25th, 2006 | 131 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


After 1999's stab at modern rock, Risk, Megadeth seemed to be on its last legs. The metal community seemed to be growing tired of the band's antics. Every album seemed to contain less and less metal, and the band was content in taking part in this radical change. But after the failure, success-wise, of Risk, Dave Mustaine decided that he and his band mates had gone too far and did what many of his contemporaries had done at some point in their careers – return to their roots. Released in 2001, a year when the world coincidentally did need a hero following the September 11 terrorist attacks, the record was better received than Risk. Featuring new guitarist Al Pitrelli, The World Needs a Hero is easily a decent record, yet at the same time is somewhat on the weak side.

As I previously mentioned, The World Needs a Hero was advertised as a return to Megadeth's roots. In a way it is. However, those expecting the thrash metal in the vain of Rust in Peace, Peace Sells, or Killing is my Business will be disappointed, as this is most certainly not such album. In truth, The World Needs a Hero is more of an all out metal record. It has its fair share of excellent songs which display this type of music, songs like Return to Hangar or When. No, the riffy goodness found on songs like Take No Prisoners or Wake up Dead is not really found here, but the riffs that take their place do not let up in the heaviness. Heaviness is a key factor in the album's music, a factor that Mr. Mustaine does an excellent job of not only writing, but also performing. Recipe for Hate…Warhorse and Dread and the Fugitive Mind (a song similar to Countdown to Extinction's Sweating Bullets) feature this aspect, and feature it in a situation where it is put to very good use. As it's pretty much been from day one (save for Risk, obviously), this is the area where Megadeth excels the most. The musical aspect on The World Needs a Hero is very well done, and the songs that possess the best of these features are all excellent tracks.

Well with that said, you must be wondering why I gave this a 3 if the music is excellent. Well, the music may be excellent on songs like Return to Hangar and Dread and the Fugitive Mind, but the album contains quite a few stinkers as well. 1000 Times Goodbye is the worst offender here. Quite the cringe worthy song, it contains some of Dave's worst vocal performances…ever. It has dull, weak instrumental sections which fail to catch the listener's attention. The voices in the back ground are quite annoying as well, and are very ineffective. To make matters worse, the song is over 6 minutes long. Other fairly bad, seemingly filler tracks include Burning Bridges and Losing My Senses. Similarly to 1000 Times Goodbye, both songs really don't go anywhere. They're fairly unimaginative pieces which are better for skipping than for listening to. Luckily they're out numbered by quality material…

Listen carefully, and you may notice a missing presence. That’s right; Megadeth's staple on lead guitar, Marty Friedman, has been replaced by the formerly mentioned Al Pitrelli. However, despite giving an adequate performance in his role, Al does not fill the colossal gap that was created with the exodus of Marty. While the solos are not necessarily all that bad, one could only imagine how a Friedman shredded solo would have improved the likes of Disconnect or Moto Psycho. I always thought Marty's playing was a valuable part of Megadeth's formula, listen to Tornado of Souls or Hangar 18 and you'll know why, so it's disappointing to not have him present for the album.

Megadeth's The World Needs a Hero was not the band's best album. Actually, it may have been one of their lesser albums. But after Dave Mustaine's (un)calculated risk, Risk, an album rooted more in commercial rock; it was nice to see Megadeth turn back to metal. The World Needs a Hero has some high quality Deth tracks such as Return to Hangar and Dread and the Fugitive Mind. The 2001 effort was a step in the right direction for Dave and Co (but more importantly Dave). Unfortunately the Megadeth would disband not too long after the release, only to reform in 2004. Check this out if you have some extra cash to throw around.

Recommended Tracks:
Return to Hangar
Dread and the Fugitive Mind
When
Recipe for Hate…Warhorse



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Mikesn
Emeritus
October 25th 2006


3709 Comments


5 down, 5 to go...

Wizard
October 26th 2006


19409 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Great review Mike. Too bad this album was my introduction to Megadeth, because it turned me off them completely. Luckily I gave Rust in Peace a listen and quickly became a fan of their old stuff.

Digging: Khonsu - Traveller

Dethtrasher
October 26th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, I like almost every song but thats just because I love this band above all other thrash-metal bands.

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 26th 2006


3709 Comments


I don't think it would make a very good introduction really...:lol: But good thing you got RiP.

Deth, this my favourite thrash band too. One of my favourite metal bands of all time actually, along wit Iron Maiden and Gamma Ray. United Abominations will slay.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2006


17920 Comments


I said it before and I'll say it again. You should be on staff.

Cesar
October 26th 2006


2732 Comments


Chan, u should write a full review of The Black Parade

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2006


17920 Comments


I started one but then I got lazy. I'll probably do one soon.

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 26th 2006


3709 Comments


Thanks Chan. :heart:This Message Edited On 10.26.06

Aeksis8745
October 26th 2006


448 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I don't like this album at all, really a let down. There are only a couple of songs are here that are worthy of listening to. I hope they never do a album like this ever again.

KILL
February 6th 2009


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review Mike..i really like this album though MUCH better then Risk lol

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

Thrasher86
June 12th 2009


181 Comments


"fill the colossal gap that was created with the exodus of Marty."

He's good but somewhat overrated... I think my favorite Deth lead guitar player is Jeff Young. Going to get shot for saying this. But I agree with your review 100%

archerparadise
June 19th 2009


65 Comments


Megadeth is one band that has the potential to make the best heavy metal music but screws something up each n every time. Theyre not consistent at all. Nor is metallica btw so dont think that im a metallica fanatic

KILL3
June 19th 2009


601 Comments


First 4 albums are classics so wtf

Dragonforce89
August 7th 2009


331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mustaine brings out his feelings here. Its fantastic.

KILL
August 7th 2009


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol

ConorMichaelJoseph
August 11th 2009


1870 Comments


Those are pretty much the only standout songs on this though

ConorMichaelJoseph
August 11th 2009


1870 Comments


They were easing back into making thrash, its a good album but not a very memorable one

KILL
August 11th 2009


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

1000 times goodbye is so gay

XulOnerom
August 11th 2009


1818 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I kind of like this album. Reminds me of Las Vegas

JesusV4
November 18th 2009


391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The beginning of When reminds me a lot of The Call of Ktulu.

1000x Goodbye sucks



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