Could 2016 have been thrust upon us with anymore of an impact from the Megadeth camp? Megadeth obviously doesn’t think so. By unleashing their 15th studio album ‘Dystopia’ the message is categorically clear, Dave Mustaine is still at the top of his game and is determined to continue sending shock waves of pure genius throughout this world, and beyond. The mere fact that Josh Wilbur, engineer extraordinaire (LOG, Gojira and Avenged Sevenfold) mixed this beasty of an album (in Nashville) is all the proof one needs, that Mustaine hasn’t lost any of his magic for making great metal music.
The new line-up has certainly raised a few eyebrows and approving nods with Kiko Loureiro (formerly Angra) stepping up as second guitarist, spitting fire and brimstone as he goes toe to toe on intricate solos with the master himself, Mustaine. Chris Adler took time out from LOG to add yet another touch of truly outstanding brilliance, as he demolished the skins in the studio for the recording of this album. Dave Ellefson’s simply exquisite royal booming is a ballet on bass, that intensifies this assembly of fine musicians, and as a result, what has been produced on this record is nothing short of perfection.
At first listen it was almost impossible to sit still long enough to put pen to paper, I was being absolutely swayed back and forth between older familiar styles and new sounds. Megadeth have returned to a mixture of old school classics punctured with ‘The System Has Failed’ style vocals, and original twisting guitar hooks that are downright, unscrupulously thrashy as in the opener, ‘The Threat Is Real’. ‘Dystopia’, the third single released, is jam-packed with melodic riffing and solo’s guaranteed to give you a face lift. If you are a diehard fan you will not be disappointed, as this trend continues all through the album; there are no weakest links and Megadeth just ripen and mature to unleash a sound that is unmistakably well structured and lucid. Among the stand out tracks for yours truly are ‘Death From Within’ which has a ‘Rust In Peace’ chunkiness and full on, your face will melt attitude, ‘The emperor’ with its ear-splittingly fast and loud, almost punk fashion, speeding riffs, harmonised guitars and a monster of a twanging solo. However my highlight from ‘Dystopia’ is ‘Poisonous Shadows’. The intro is wistful and dreamy, nice highs and lows add complexity as a consequence, it almost feels dark and light simultaneously, with flawless rhythms throughout. I wasn’t at all shocked either, to find out that the very talented Kiko Loureiro can be heard tinkling the ivories amongst the metallic chaos, which was a breath of fresh air and a delightful end to this song.
Dave Mustaine continues the trait of the snarling, sneering perfectionist on stage and off, producing yet another masterpiece alongside Toby Wright, amidst setbacks and line up changes the gift this man has to entertain is incessant, coming from his drive and passion which is clearly dealt with a firm hand on this record. I doubt these songs were created to be mainstream everyday radio play, they are thrash and metal at their most excellent.
Words by Brenda
THE THREAT IS REAL
DEATH FROM WITHIN
BULLET TO THE BRAIN
POST AMERICAN WORLD
CONQUER OR DIE
LYING IN STATE