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Megadeth storm back onto the scene with their 15th studio album, Dystopia. With musical architect and band visionary Dave Mustaine at the helm, Dystopia was recorded in Nashville, TN, and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira, Avenged Sevenfold). The rest of the Megadeth lineup is comprised of David 'Junior' Ellefson on bass, new member Kiko Loureiro (formerly of Angra) on guitar, and drummer Chris Adler, who took time away from Lamb of God to record Dystopia. The result marks a true return to form, adding new blood and injecting a new burst of creative energy into the new album. Featuring 11 brand new tracks, Dystopia weaves together Dave Mustaine's intricate and unique songwriting style, trademark leads and lightning riffs with harmonious precision, paying homage to Megadeth's influential roots while continuing to break new and heavy ground. Megadeth burst onto the thirty years ago, virtually inventing a genre with their debut album Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! (recently recognized by VH1 as the Greatest Thrash Metal Debut Album of All Time) sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning numerous accolades including 11 Grammy® nominations, scoring five consecutive platinum albums including 1992's two-million-selling Countdown to Extinction.
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This album....has to be considered one of the best in their catalogue! Dave's voice has NEVER sounded better. Gone is that sort of nasal tinge that at times made me cringe...(heh...that rhymed) and either they are playing in a different register that complements Dave's voice...or his voice has ripened with age. I've been a fan since
the band started (yeah..i'm old, Dave's age) And i still love 80's thrash....and i'd say this is right behind RUST IN PEACE and a close second with PSBWB.
Yeah....it's that good!
It's great to hear songs like this from bands I grew up listening to. I am so freaking glad they are still recording great music and continuing the legend. This is a great record and if you've fallen off listening to Megadeth lately, THIS WILL BRING YOU BACK! (kind of like the new Korn and 'perhaps' the incoming Metallica, we shall see)
Conquer and Die
Lying in State
The Threat is Real
Post American World
Metal rules \m/
The Threat Is Real - The haunting middle-eastern opening is awesome! Straight-ahead shredder album opener. Lyrics are Dave Mustaine sarcasm laced with doom. Licks all over the place. Is this 1990? The vultures have come home to nest.
Dystopia - Speedy intro. Fall right into this song. The cohesion is definitely back. This sounds like something off The World Needs A Hero, which isn't a bad thing. Shred fest all around. If you only want to live and die in a cage...
Fatal Illusion - The riff for this song is something definitely different than the usual Megadeth shred. Bendy vibrato. Sleazy in texture. Ellefson has taken bass lessons finally. Starts melodic then shifts into full gear. This was the 1st song to be released from the album. Harmonized lick fest. This is what we came to hear. Great dark lumbering gore-splashed lyrics. Dave certainly took some time to get back to his usual clarity and bite. Like whistling past the graveyard, when walking by at night, it's a fatal illusion to think that evil never dies...
Death From Within - This sounds like vintage Megadeth. This sounds like it could have been on Rust. Industrial almost. Grinding. Pulsing. Lyrically concise and catchy. No one is safe...
Bullet To The Brain - The acoustic intro slides into a thrashing frenzy. Is this Devil's Island? Dave has a time machine stashed somewhere, because this is yet another solid song. One after another. Perhaps the infusion of new blood year after year is the secret to Megadeth's success? Blistering solo. Chanting chorus. Hooks galore. Hot lead was penetrating deeper..
Post American World - This far in and no fake newscast? I'm shocked. Here Dave gives us his State Of The Union Address. It's dark, it's dreadful, it's filled with anger and hate and disillusion. Epic! Another catchy, rocking jam! Six songs in and no stumble??? Wow! Dave is calling the shots but these guys sound like they've been playing together for a decade and that's a rare thing.
Poisonous Shadows - Eerie acoustic-lace intro. Settles into a chrunchy cadence veined with licks. Musically stunning. Sounds a bit like Reckoning Day in the background, but this sounds like another layover from The World Needs A Hero. Another Dave wants to kill his ex girlfriend song. It's tight and dark and filled with venom.
Conquer Or Die - Some flamenco sounding acoustic guitar assaults us in the intro. Wow! Someone's been practicing. Seriously. When the shred kicks in its all over the place. Stand-alone instrumental to show off the prowess of the band. Creepy voices take us out. Is that Spanish or Romanian? Sounds like Vlad speaking from the grave.
Lying In State - When you delve 9 songs into any album, you usually discover the monsters. Not here. Still fresh. Not filler as expected. Another churning gem. Is it as tight as the first few songs? Yeah. Dave speaks the lyrics and it reminds me of Megadeths Past. Something like Dawn Patrol off Rust, perhaps.
The Emperor - Even the filler on this album isn't bad. This song isn't EVER going to be your favorite Megadeth song. Ever! But it still rocks pretty hard. If your lips are moving then I know that you're lying...
Foreign Policy - Sounds like something off Peace Sells. Almost punk in its luster. Thumping. Stabbing lyrics. Feels like getting jumped. Good album ender. Just something to show you that they can still thrash it out with the new kids. Jamming! Bludgeoning!
Overall, Megadeth gives us a very cohesive, grinding shred-fest of an album that will wash away all the remnants of Super Collider. This album is a gem. Dave shows new life and perhaps it the new players in the band that have helped him along. One of the most promising metal albums of 2016. Pick up Dystopia, you won't be disappointed. Thrash is still alive and well and...
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1. This is a solid album and worth the money. If you're a Megadeth fan, buy this album.Read more