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The World Needs A Hero
Released: 2001, Sanctuary Records
A sticker on the cover of the new Megadeth CD has a quote from Metal Edge magazine that says something to the effect of “Megadeth hasn’t been this aggressive in years”. Loosely translated, that really means “this isn’t Risk”. In the early production stages of The World Needs A Hero we kept hearing about how pissed off Mustaine was that Megadeth had no control over how Risk turned out and now that they had a new label and more control, they were returning to their roots. Many a naive fan probably thought, “Hell yeah, back to 80s thrash”. Me, I’ve heard that one before and wasn’t going to get my hopes up. I’m glad I didn’t, because TWNAH is 90s Megadeth.
TWNAH falls somewhere between Countdown to Extinction and Youthanasia in terms of quality and feel. I know CTE was the death knell for many Megadeth fans, but I personally loved it. The problem is, TWNAH isn’t as nearly as heavy or sarcastically biting as CTE and it doesn’t even come close to the glory that was Rust In Peace. Don’t get me wrong, there are some pretty good songs on here, but they would’ve been absolutely killer had there been more thrash to them. The tracks Disconnect and Burning Bridges come immediately to mind. Promises is a decent, slowed down track which was co-written by Al Pitrelli of Savatage fame. Low points are found in the title track and 1000 Times Goodbye, which both come across as a little silly with the phone call voice-overs. Said effects make it sound like Mustaine is trying to reach out to a teenage audience ... a fact which becomes more blatant in the first single, Moto Psycho. And don’t get your hopes up with Return to Hangar, because it’s nothing like the song that inspired it.
I don’t love this album, but I don’t hate it either. I’ve been a fan of Mustaine and Company for many, many moons. Megadeth could put out a record with nothing but grunts and farts on it and I’d still buy it the day of it’s release. True, they’ll never make another Rust In Peace, but I’d still rather listen to Megadeth than a lot of other formulaic bands that all sound alike. Mustaine still writes music that is creative and distinctly Megadeth ... it just doesn’t kick as much ass as it used to.
The world could use a hero, but it’s obvious Mustaine wasn’t applying for the position with this offering.
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