Just on January 22 of this year, Megadeth released their fifteenth studio album! The album is called Dystopia, and debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. They haven't had an album go that high on a chart since the release of Countdown to Extinction, which peaked at number two in 1992.
So, go Megadeth on their massive success! Now some people out there are more than likely going to be upset with me over this, but this is my introduction to Megadeth. I've heard the name my entire life -for obvious reasons, but never sat down and listened to them. I'm sure I've heard some of their songs here and there, through the radio, television, movies or friends playing their music without me being aware of who we were listening to.
The first thing I want to say is Dave Dave Mustaine's voice is quite unique and I like that. It fits very well with the genre, and his lyric writing style is quite beautiful. He words himself very well, and as a writer, that is something I can appreciate a lot, even if the subject matter doesn't exactly speak to me.
That being said, I did over all enjoy the album, and had one lyric actually resinate very well with us. Its in the song, "Post-American World", and it says, "When you walk away from that which makes you strong, you only fool yourself; you only weaken your cause." The song is more about questioning your surroundings, but that's not nessicarily a bad thing. You do need to be aware of your surroundings and you definitely need to cling onto the things that keep you going.
Another track I wish to acknowledge is actually the third single for this album, and the title track. "Dystopia." Its actually quite thought provoking, and makes you wonder just a bit about why this song was written. Its speaking of a dystopia (a place where everything is unpleasant or bad, by definition), but does seem to give you a glimer of hope near the end of the song. "You must destroy the cancer at the source." If I'm taking this right, its saying you must fight against the things that are making the world around us bad, in order to improve. Which is entirely true, to be honest.
The final verdict on this album is that it is very good, and worth checking out. It questions the world quite a bit, which may get some people to stop and think. As I said before, this was my introduction to Megadeth, so I'm afraid I cannot tell you how this compares to their other works, but I do plan on looking into them a little bit more so there may be further thoughts on that here on the website soon.
Speaking of websites, head on over to Megadeth's website to check out everything they've got going on. Especially their tour dates and festival appearances. They are currently on tour with Suicidal Tendencies, Children Of Bodom and Havok through March 24, dates with Anthrax coming up after that, and then will be performing at Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, Rock'n Derby, Rocklahoma, and River City Rockfest here in the US.
Then in the summer, they will be performing at many European festivals, such as Gods Of Metal, FortaRock, the Power Festival, Sweden Rock Festival, Download Festival in Paris, France, then Download Festival in England, and many, many more. Please visit the individual festival websites for more information, and Megadeth for even more tour dates and festival appearances!
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.