|Review: Megadeth - The World Needs A Hero|
|The World Needs A Hero|
Year released: 2001
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: June 7, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:The World Needs A Hero
Rated 2.98/5 (59.5%) (40 Votes)
After the horror known as Risk back in 1999, late in 2000 Dave Mustaine promised a return to the roots of Megadeth. While I can't agree that they fully delivered the goods (we're still a bit far from the roots, in my opinion), it is definitely a return to a heavier, faster sound than what Megadeth had served us on their previous two studio albums. I had to let this album grow on me a little before starting to appreciate it - I hated it at first. Then listening more closely I found that most tracks are actually pretty good - no real killer track, but this is arguably Megadeth's best release since Youthanasia. However this time Megadeth had the challenge of pleasing both the fans of their earlier sound and also the fans of their newer, softer sound - which I won't call evolution because I never thought nor believed that mellowing down was actually an evolution.
So The World Needs a Hero is an album with quite a bit of variety, which I think is definitely one of its quality - there's something for everyone. It sure will not content the ones who pretty much slammed the door on Megadeth about 10 years ago, but a lot people who were into Youthanasia and not really enthusiastic about Cryptic Writings and Risk should find something they like here.
I'd say two of my main criticisms about this album are that it sounds a little bit forced, like the guys weren't really into it or something, and also that there are a lot of rehashed riffs - I'm not talking about the Megadeth signature sound here, but rather guitar riffs and melodies that were actually used on previous albums, and reused here practically intact. I do not expect nor wish that in a new album, and if that was a way to try to win the old fanbase back, I don't think that was the way to go. Three songs are particularly guilty of this: Dread And The Fugitive Mind and Return to Hangar being rehashed old Megadeth (still both pretty good songs, mind you) and When is supposedly a tribute to Diamonhead. Why choose a song made popular by and usually associated more to Metallica though... And unlike Return to Hangar, When should probably have been kept for a b-side.
I don't want to do a song by song review, however some of my favorite songs are Disconnect , Moto Psycho, Promises, Recipe for Hate...Warhorse, Dread And The Fugitive Mind and Return to Hangar (despite the fact that it sometimes sounds like a remix...) It is not surprising that Moto Psycho was used for the first video as it has a pretty good groove to it and is actually quite enjoyable (although I did find it lame at first.) Promises is a surprising ballad since I didn't think they could actually pull off this kind of song! Recipe for Hate...Warhorse is pretty kick ass, definitely one of the best on the album, if not THE best.
Overall, to me the album is a little bit of a deception even though my expectations were pretty low to start with. But after Risk, it seems like Megadeth is getting back on the right track. There are only two tracks that I actually consider bad (the title track -albeit with pretty funny lyrics- and When). The rest of the album ranges from decent to very good. They have a contract for four more albums on Sanctuary so this is not over yet. Approach this one with an open mind, you could be surprised!
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