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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).Featuring 11 brand new tracks, Dystopia weaves together Dave Mustaine's intricate and unique songwriting style, trademark leads and lightning riffs , paying homage to Megadeth's influential roots while continuing to break new and heavy ground.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.67 x 4.92 x 0.31 inches; 3.53 Ounces
- Manufacturer : T-Boy Records/UMe
- Item model number : 4760415
- Original Release Date : 2016
- Date First Available : October 3, 2015
- Label : T-Boy Records/UMe
- ASIN : B0161ZKIIQ
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,242 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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After much listening, I have to say that in my opinion this is probably Megadeth's best album overall. There are individual songs from previous albums that I like better (Holy Wars, Wake Up Dead, etc), but in terms of a Megadeth album that you can put in and play from front to back, this is my favorite. And I don't make that statement lightly, I have been a fan since their first album K.I.M.B., which I have on vinyl.
Megadeth's lineup has changed many times over the years, particularly in the lead guitar and drums roles, but I hope that Dave Mustaine keeps this lineup together; it really works and you can hear it in the music.
The Grammy they won for this album was well deserved.
Now that the album is out and I've listened to it several times, I think I can say I like it. It's definitely no Peace Sells nor Rust in Peace, which are by far my two favorite ones. The fact that Chris Adler grew up as a huge Megadeth fan shows in this record.
Kiko's work also stands out, both on leads, as well as on the acoustic on the piano. His leads are very good. However, they could have been even better. Here's what I think: Mustaine already had 10 songs written for the album, so Kiko didn't get participation on that. To me, it sounds like it went like this: "Kiko, here are ten songs. Stick some solos here, here, and here...". Sometimes it seems to me like I'm hearing some phrases that I've just heard on previous songs. If he had participated in the writing process, with the band working together, I think the leads would sound more unique to each song. Now, he did get writing credits on three songs: Poisonous Shadows, Conquer or Die, and Lying in State. For me, those happen to be the best songs on this album.
I hope this line-up plays may gigs, improve the chemistry, and then write a new album where all four members are involved. I think that would make a HUGE difference.
Classic Megadeth spirit. Well performing vinyl. Really sorry to hear Ellefson's out. In a world where mainstays are increasingly hard to find, it should be all hands on deck.
If Dave's voice had been better, and perhaps a little less reliance on Pro Tools, this would be up there with their best. It already is, by the appearance of its broad appeal.
Was surprised to hear the Fractal Audio sounding this good, although it seemed best suited to metal, which isn't as heavy with the dynamics.
I recommend this disk to anyone who loves metal or Megadeth. (Metallica haven't done an album this good since TBA.)
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Admittedly of all the bigger metal bands Megadeath have always been a hard sell to me....I find their energised riffage and angry Kiss like chanting fun....I enjoy the textures and strident choruses and leads solos now and then....but what concerns me is sheer memorability. Just as oil and water do not mix sometimes what seems good music just does not attach itself to your way of things. You cannot always explain taste. So I must add this is entirely subjective a review and will return if it grows on me more....
Heres what earned the 3 stars......Fave tracks 'Dystopia' great lead riff in the verse that hooks you.....the baseline in Fatal Illusion alone is gripping....some of the lyrics touch on the zeitgeist in the USA quite well....suggesting political and social injustices need discussing...the song writers are talking about important things openly so I get that.....another stand out track Post American World emphasises all this well. Prophetic statements and questions bring to mind the novel 'Stars Like Dust' by Asimov.... where the declaration of independence has become a forgotten relic.....startling and interesting lyrics. Enjoying Poisonous Shadows too....one of the tracks that holds up on repeated listening...very good loud..... probably because of its more operatic layers of sound. Conquer or Die shows that perhaps more contrast on the album may have raised the bar. Lovely acoustic riff followed by short and sweet heavy instrumental.
Sorry but don't get the Spice Girls like The Emporer. It's fun and lyrically on point, but very gimmicky for me. Foreign Policy is similar in this regard.
Overall I admire the attempt to punk out almost like the Pistols in a 'God Save The Queen' sense but I'm afraid the style of music is not growing on me.
Will listen sometimes though....
This record is simply amazing from start to finish, fast furious melodic and great lyrics. These days it's all about Metallica, but I would dare you all to give this a spin. For starters the lyrics are excellent (something you can't say about Metallica as their lyrics these days are tedious and childish)
what I love about this album is the theme, it's furiously guitar works the beautiful melodies, amazing drumming. and Dave's voice, which has gone a lot lower and therefore sounds darker. All in all I would class this as there best album so far.
This latest album from Megadeth however is one of the most enjoyable audible experiences I've had from one of the greats of metal.
It really is back to the crunching riffs and menace that made their mid 80's early 90s stuff legendary.
I'm really please for the band as they really can be proud of this album. I'm actually trying to get tickets for the tour!
I highly recommend this to Megadeth fan or neutral (metal head). Buy it and understand why Mustaine is still one of the defining artists of this genre of music.