MEGADETH — The World Needs a Hero

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Album · 2001

Filed under Thrash Metal
By MEGADETH

Tracklist

1. Disconnect (5:20)
2. The World Needs a Hero (3:52)
3. Moto Psycho (3:06)
4. 1000 Times Goodbye (6:25)
5. Burning Bridges (5:20)
6. Promises (4:28)
7. Recipe for Hate... Warhorse (5:18)
8. Losing My Senses (4:40)
9. Dread and the Fugitive Mind (4:25)
10. Silent Scorn (1:42)
11. Return to Hangar (3:59)
12. When (9:14)

Total Time: 57:54

Line-up/Musicians

- Dave Mustaine / vocals, guitar
- Al Pitrelli / guitar, backing vocals
- David Ellefson / bass
- Jimmy DeGrasso / drums

About this release

Label: Sanctuary Records
Release date: May 15th, 2001

Japanese release includes the song "Coming Home" (02:39).

Thanks to UMUR, progshine, diamondblack for the updates

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Kingcrimsonprog
Megadeth’s The World Needs A Hero was the band’s ninth studio album and was released back in 2001, it was the last album the band did with original bassist Dave Ellefson until 2011′s Th1rt3en album, and holds an interesting place within the Megadeth catalogue; as it can either be viewed as the final album in a series of disappointing non-thrash albums which the band started making in the nineties, or as the first album in the series of increasingly impressive return to form records that the band started releasing in the noughties.

At the time, many fans were delighted with how aggressive and heavy this album is compared to its almost universally panned predecessor Risk and pleased to hear tracks from the album live. Fans who got into the band later, such as off the back of 2009′s phenomenal Endgame record may not understand what all the fuss is about however, as the songwriting is much slower, the production is cleaner and lighter, the guitar tones are less crunchy and whilst the direction of the album is certainly metal, it arguably isn’t all that thrash. It is not unrealistic to imagine that this album will become more and more overlooked as time passes.

If anyone can overcome this, they well find a superb and well written Megadeth album, largely devoid of filler and full of superb guitar work, vocal melodies and intelligent song structuring. The level of musicianship is very high, drummer Jimmy DeGrasso puts down a magical performance and Dave’s vocals are fairly impressive throughout.

Highlights include ‘Dread And The Fugitive Mind,’ ‘Return To Hanger,’ and ‘Burning Bridges,’ all of which are impressive and memorable songs and definitely worth any Megadeth fan’s time.

There are some overproduced moments and questionable spoken word additions that won’t be to everyone’s taste but the good far outweighs the bad on The World Needs A Hero, and I would urge new fans not to overlook this record, perhaps less and less of it is finding its way onto Megadeth live setlists and compilation albums these days but that will just help you not to get sick of it.

Overall, this is a very good album that ought not be forgotten, just because the band’s earlier and later work was so good.
UMUR
The World Needs a Hero is the 9th full-length studio album by American thrash metal/ heavy metal act Megadeth. Guitarist Marty Friedman left Megadeth after Risk (1999) and he is replaced here by Al Pitrelli ( Savatage, Widowmaker, Dee Snider, Asia...etc.). Other than that the lineup is unchanged since Risk.

Many felt that Risk was a step back for the band with its more traditional and easy to digest heavy metal sound, but I was one of those that actually enjoyed that album. At least to some extent. The World Needs a Hero for some part marks a return to a harder edged metal sound, but the album has equal doses of more traditional heavy metal elements. Maybe even more of the latter come to think of it. There´s a few excursions into thrash metal territory too in songs like Recipe for Hate...Warhorse and the re-working/ sequal to Hanger 18 from Rust in Peace (1990) called Return to Hangar. The songwriting is generally very uninspired though and with one of the weakest and most lifeless productions yet on a Megadeth album, The World Needs a Hero doesn´t rank very high on my Megadeth album list. I actually had to loan this album on the local library to review it because my own copy is buried so deep in my cellar that I couldn´t find it. I was hoping that another listen would change my mind but even with years between this and the last listen this album still sounds the same to me and I´m stretching when I rate The World Needs a Hero with 2.5 stars. If you´re a newcommer to the band I´ll recommend avoiding this album until you´ve purchased every other album release by the band.

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