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Review: Megadeth - Dystopia

Label: T-Boy Records
Year released: 2016
Duration: 46:43
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy/Thrash

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: September 25, 2019
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (14 Votes)

I picked this up at a record store a few months ago because the price was right and I liked the artwork. I can't say I've been paying much attention to Megadeth since the abortion that was Risk 20 years ago and the albums that followed never struck a chord with me. Let's face it, this is a band that will never top its first 10 years or so—and that's perfectly fine.

I found Dystopia to be a little bland on the first couple of listens, but as time went by the little details started revealing themselves and, of course, in terms of lyrical content this is very much in the Megadeth vein and Mustaine has always had some pretty good penmanship when it comes to those. Well, if you never liked their socially-inclined lyrics, you won't like this either.

Musically there's nothing to wow you here and the songs are not nearly as good as anything they did back in the day. It's rather quiet heavy/thrash, with unsurprisingly more emphasis on heavy than thrash. What sets this apart is that you just can't take Mustaine's skills away and, when he decides to shine, he does. So those little moments spread throughout the album help keep the interest up. I can't say this is particularly catchy; despite several listens there isn't any particular song that has really stuck in my head whereas it's still filled with some of the band's early material.

Bottom line, this is not bad by any means, but it's pretty safe and the occasional heavier thrash parts that are somewhat reminiscent of the Megadeth of old aren't enough to make this essential. You can't take away the band's influence on countless bands and musicians, but newer bands do this stuff better nowadays. Not great, but I'm still glad I decided to check it out as this is better than the last few albums I heard from them and I might just go back to this one from time to time.

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