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  • Filmed live at Obras Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 9, 2005! SONG LIST: 1. Blackmail the Universe / 2. Set the World Afire / 3. Wake the Dead / 4. In My Darkest Hour / 5. She Wolf / 6. Reckoning Day / 7. A Tout Le Monde / 8. Hangar 18 & Return of Hangar 18 / 9. I\\\\\\\'ll Be There / 10. Tornado of Souls / 11. Trust / 12. Something That I\\\\\\\'m Not / 13. Kick the Chair / 14. Coming Ho

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No Description AvailableNo Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: MEGADETHTitle: WORLD NEEDS A HEROStreet Release Date: 05/15/2001<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: HEAVY METALThe lineup is different. The record company is new. But vitriol-tongued Dave Mustaine remains Megadeth’s constant. While more commercial and mature than such unbridled early releases as So Far, So Good . . . So What!, this follow-up to the poorly received Risk finds Megadeth mostly back to their metallic roots. Mustaine continues to alternately mine politics and self-reflection to good effect, and his solos still shred. The taut, hooky ”Moto Psycho” is polished, millennial thrash, and though the rest of the material on this 12-song collection isn’t as instantly memorable, it’s certainly ambitious. Mustaine’s biting vocal and the muscular musicianship of the powerful title track and the pained love-lost ode ”1,000 Times Goodbye” hit the mark, as does the epic, string-laden ballad ”Promises,” though Mustaine’s patented vocal seems out of place, as does the classical guitar on ”Recipe for Hate . . . Warhorse.” That said, old-school fans will worship the likes of ”Moto Psycho” and the classic and brutal ”Dread and the Fugitive Mind” and ”Return to Hangar.” –Katherine Turman

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  • Megadeth is back, and Back with a Vengeance. New lead guitarist, Al Pitrelli (ex Savatage, Alice Cooper) lays down some blistering solos and makes fans of the old band think to themselves “Marty Who?”. This is by far Megadeth’s heaviest release since 1995’s Youthanasia, and judging by the fans embracement of the album, will easily be just as successful. With the Return of the Mega-Mascot, Vic Rattlehead, Megadeth return to their roots on Scorching songs such as, Disconnect, 1000 Times Goodbye, Return to Hangar, and Dread and the Fugitive Mind. David “JR” Ellefson’s basslines on this album are the most prominent he has laid down since 1986’s “Peace Sells”. Jimmy Degrasso (ex Suicidal Tendencies, Alice Cooper) puts his touch on the album with some excellent blast beats and double bass drumming almost making old fans forget who Nick Menza is. Dave Mustaine’s voice, rhythm, and lead work is right on. Just what we’d expect from a MEGADETH release. This album definately is NOT a RISK. This album is a Return to Form, and A splendid display of musical genious.Dave titled his album “The World Needs a Hero” Well, Heavy Metal fans have 4 heros. Dave, David, Jimmy, and Al…..

    Posted on January 20, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • According to some critics, Megadeth “bottomed out” with “Risk” in 1999. So, after “bottoming out,” Dave Mustaine and Co. returned two years later to try to recapture past thrash glories. Even though some songs on “The World Needs A Hero” fall flat (like “Racipe For Hate…Warhorse” and “When”), and Dave Mustaine’s vocals aren’t in top form here, this album was still a mostly successful attempt at returning to form. It may not be as good as, say, “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?,” but “Hero” is a lot more aggressive, metallic, and thrashy than “Risk.” The riffs are back, the alternative sound and ballads are mostly gone, and the song tempos are quite a bit faster. Marty Friedman’s replacement, Al Pitrelli, makes himself right at home on this album. He’s almost as good as Marty, and he and Mustaine combine to turn out crunchy riffs on songs like “Disconnect” and “Burning Bridges.” Other highlights include the churning riffs and catchy refrain on “Moto Psycho;” track four, “1000 Times Goodbye,” includes an extended guitar solo; the album’s only ballad, “Promises,” has light, textured guitar strings and (what sounds like) a violin; and the album’s best guitar solo is featured on track nine, “Dread And The Fugitive Mind.” And “Return to the Hangar” isn’t as good as its namesake (“Hangar 18,” which was released on “Rust In Peace” in 1990), but “Return to the Hangar” is still this album’s fastest song and features six guitar solos (!) All in all, “The World Need A Hero” isn’t a great album, but it’s a good one. And it wasn’t a complete return to form, but it was definitely a step in the right direction. Recommended for hardcore Megadeth fans.

    Posted on January 20, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • …Dave and co. have finally gotten a new album. Yes, I agree, It was a little bit dissapointing, but you can’t make the same album. People who want Rust In Peace, well, you’ll be dissapointed, but listen, IT WAS DONE, OK? 1 Rust in peace, that’s it! That’s all you need! If they made another, well, that wouldn’t be very creative.Anyway, here’s the review of all the songs1.Disconnnect-4. It sounds like the ol’ glory days of 1992. Fun riff, had it in my head for weeks.2.The World Needs A Hero-3.5. Great bass line! Needed more distortion, though.3.Moto Psycho-3.7; Yes, it sounds alittle mainstream, but, times change. Good riff and filler solos.4.1000 Times Goodbye-4.5; Ah, classic Megadeth riffs. A minute intro makes it all perfect.5.Burning Bridges-3. It’s ok. It sounds too old, that’s all.6.Promises-5. Everything about it is cool! Ther strings and the solos. MAN! WOW!7.Recipe For Hate/Warhorse-5. GREAT SOLOS! Very apoylitic. Nice solo by Pitrelli in the begginining.8.Losing My Senses-3.6; It’s good. But, I didn’t hear the strings.9.Dread & The Fugitive Mind-5. WOW! Great chorus and solos.10.Silent Scorn-5. VERY NICE. Good drumming and guitarwork.11.Return To Hangar-5. BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL! SOLOS GALORE!12.When-2. The 1st 4 minutes are good, ….Anyway, a great album, all songs good except “When.” ROCK ON!

    Posted on January 20, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • The past few Megadeth discs have never hit me right away, and this one’s no exception. At first listen it did nothing for me, but after a few more spins I have to say it’s quite good. People fearing a repeat of ‘Risk’ have nothing to worry about (and personally, I thought it was cool that they took the chances they did on that album — it may not have been their best, but there was some cool stuff on there, IMHO). This CD is a lot heavier, though still not as heavy as ‘Rust In Peace’ (and the band has yet to release an album as consistent as that one). ‘1000 Times Goodbye’, ‘Losing My Senses’, ‘Return To Hangar’, and ‘Moto Psycho’ are standout cuts (‘Moto Psycho’ lacks the slow part at the end that the single featured — I like the album version better, but that’s just me.) New guitarist Al Pitrelli (formerly of Alice Cooper and Widowmaker among others) performs above and beyond in his premier outing with Megadeth (no surprises here), and the rest of the band is in top shape as well. The disc is strong lyrically and musically.Bottom line: I’d recommend this one to old and new Megadeth fans alike, as well as to fans of the genre in general.

    Posted on January 20, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • A number of Megadeth’s fans gave up on them with the release of their last studio effort, RISK. Here was an album that was destined to put Megadeth on the map. This was the album that would assumed to make people aware that the foursome actually exist. The album went flat. It was not appreciated by the masses over all and it clearly made a lot of the band’s core fans actually shun them. The album was artistically original. If it had been sung by any other band out there, it would have gone multi-platinum in a month. Heck, if Michael Stipe from REM sang Ecstasy, it would have definitely hit number one. It was just not Megadeth. Period. Capitol Punishment? Let’s not get into that, shall we?With a complete revamp in management, label and a couple of band members. Megadeth comes back in a furiously strong offering. The World Needs a Hero is everyone’s dream of a good heavy album. Though not as fast and furious, the band is sure on the right track. What could be said is that they’re mainly working off the rustthey gathered when they were on their metal-free holiday.Here’s the breakdown of the songs.Disconnect: From the beginning of this song, a person can feel the poignancy and heart that was put into it. The song is definitely Dave all the way. The lyrics are strong in form and very connected. The chorus is downright thought-provoking. Music wise, it’s very solid. A nice, sweet melodic middle with a sad solo, that can actually have you hum if you listen to it for some time.The World Needs a Hero: Part of what actually makes Megadeth famous, is Dave going at it like a crazed paranoid lunatic. This song is it.Moto Psycho: Part 2 of the Japanese-released Coming Home. The song is mainly a showcase of the incredible ability DeGrasso. His drums are all over this one and he brings it with style. I think anyone else touching the song, might actually make the song unlistenable. A greatr thing about the song is that if you hear it carefully, you might notice that there is no relation between the guitars and the drums. How they work out to bring out a good song? I don’t know, but it definitely works.1000 Times Goodbye: An excellent, far-out song that you just can’t get rid of. With a minute-plus intro, the song is very strongly set. This song has the most gruesome solos ever on the album. A really good listen for all the dumped guys out there. Cheer up if your girlfriend throws your stuff out the window.Burning Bridges:Very brooding song. The song is very sinister. The guitars and the drums work on bringing out a fierce dark feel to it. I would like to think of it as the opposite of Metallica’s No Leaf Clover.Promises: I can’t and won’t really hide this. I’m in love with this song. When I first heard it, I was thinking that it’s just incredible that Megadeth have the capability of bringing out such a great tune. This song is very personal to me in a number of dimensions and the way it’s brought out is really great. The arrangement on it is just right and not too much. I guess this is Megadeth’s answer to all those who think that the band can’t bring out a ballad. The song is clearly much stronger than Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters. A lot of people think that Dave’s vocals are not right for right, but I can’t imagine anyone else singing it. Except me that is. This song is dedicated to that special someone, wherever they are.Racipe For Hate…Warhorse: The first part of this two parter is great. Dave still rants and rants like the way he’s used to. The guitars in the middle are an added mix. You will be surprised when you hear the song.Losing my Senses: A great song, but has to grow on you. A first listen won’t do it the justice it deserves. The guitars and bass are top notch.Dread and the Fugitive Mind: One of the fastest and most grueling tracks. The song is vintage Dave, but the main showcase has got to be the guitars in the end. That has got to be the best solo in a Megadeth album in years. The way it’s even built up to the solo is great. Jimmy clearly knows his drums.Silent Scorn: This instrumental is right in its place. It’s a great opener for the song after it. The song has a very sad guitar to it and a trumpet that comes out of nowhere. You’re clearly drawn into a desert with this kind of music, because right after…Return to Hangar: You’re taken back to the song that has clearly defined metal as it is. In that lonely Hangar in the desert. Hangar 18. The song is all that you might want it to be. Excellent lyrics, and out of this world music. Dave’s mid piece guitar takes you slowly into a guitar-solo fight fest between him and Al. When: Have you ever heard of the stupid, big-built brother of the family? Well this song rightfully defines that. I don’t know what Dave was trying to say by it, but it clearly did not come out right. The song gets better as you move along with it, but all in all, I think it’s not the right song to include in a comeback album.Finally, it’s safe to say that Megadeth have sure come back to take back their throne as the Kings of Metal. Not that it belonged to anyone to start with. They took the break they needed and let’s hope that they’re out of this mid-life crisis of theirs. This is a good album. If you have never heard a Megadeth album before, it’s high time you started.

    Posted on January 20, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now