Perhaps metal music needs a hero! A band that can stick to what they do best and forget the mainstream once and for all. Assisting in the creation of a genre based on speed, cryptic lyrics, and heavy thunder, Megadeth is one band that need not follow trends. While most fans will argue that they had with their last release, which truly lived up to its chance taking name, they’ve come back full-throttle with The World Needs a Hero, their Sanctuary Records debut.
Starting fresh with a new label and new management, Megadeth has also added guitarist Al Pitrelli, who more than proved himself on last year’s Maximum Rock tour. With the Daves and DeGrasso still intact, the quartet owes most of its material to ringleader Dave Mustaine, who wrote everything alone, with the exception of “Promises” which was written with Pitrelli.
With a strong album, it is always difficult to choose the songs that stand out, but one thing is for sure, it all opens on a good note…as the guitars of “Disconnect” take you back to the energy and cynicism of albums like Rust in Peace. And in the same vein you’ll find that the song that was first delivered live, “Return to Hangar,” may have escaped Capitol Punishment, but it definitely made the cut here. Another that definitely deserves mention in the explosion of guitar and grief in “1000 Times Goodbye.