Megadeth, one of the pioneers of heavy metal, has just recently released their 15th studio album “Dystopia”. Megadeth, along with Metallica are often credited with inventing thrash metal back in the early 80s. Ironic enough, Megadeth’s founder, Dave Mustaine, was the original lead guitarist in Metallica back in 1981. After he was kicked out of the band, he formed Megadeth. Megadeth never reached the commercial success that Metallica has, but the band has remained true to it’s style, after 30 years and several lineup changes throughout that time period.
This album was highly anticipated, especially since the release of the slightly disappointing “Super Collider” in 2013. Mustaine re-made the lineup, including long-time bassist Dave Ellefson, adding ‘Lamb of God’ drummer Chris Adler and former ‘Angra’ guitarist, Kiko Loureiro. Mustaine had been quoted as saying he was ready to make a thrash metal album again, which obviously excited fans, myself among them. Needless to say, the hype for this album was huge. And it didn’t dissapoint.
Dystopia, in my honest opinion, is one of Megadeth’s greatest albums. It embodies everything that Megadeth is. It has aggressive, politically infused lyrics, melodic yet heavy guitar riffs, and pounding drums. Some of my favorite tracks include, “Dystopia”, “Post-American World”, “Poisonous Shadows”, and “Lying in State”. If you purchased the album on Itunes or some other online music website, you received two bonus tracks, including “Last Dying Wish” and a cover of Fear’s “Foreign Policy”. I genuinely enjoy every track on this album. It’s one of those albums where you can listen from start to finish, with no breaks. It clocks in at around 54 minutes, so not super lengthy either. This is a great Megadeth record, but I also think that it can appeal to people who don’t usually listen to Megadeth or heavy metal. It’s an overall great album; musically thematically, and lyrically. Needless to say, I’m very excited to see Megadeth at Rock on the Range in May.
It’s always awesome to see something, whether that be a form of art, or genre, or person, stick at what they love to do and do so for a long time. Dave Mustaine has been the one constant member of Megadeth from the start. He loves the band, and he loves what he does. I draw inspiration from that and apply it to myself and what I do.
Anyways, if you’re looking for something new to listen to, I would highly recommend this album to anybody! 🙂
If you have any favorite songs from the record, or any other music I should listen to, share it with me! As always, thanks for reading, and enjoy the rest of your week! 🙂