Throwback to May 15, 2001 when Megadeth released their ninth studio album, The World Needs A Hero. This particular album did alright compared to their previous album, Risk. Which is apparently considered to be a commercial failure because of its chart ratings. This one went as high as number 16, which was here in the US and as low as 94, which was in Switzerland.
The first single, "Moto Psycho" came out a month before the album's release and its kind of about following your own path, while completely acknowledging that others want you to follow their ideal path.
A couple of tracks that actually stood out to me was "Disconnect" and "Burning Bridges."
"Disconnect" is true to its title. Its talking people through the process of disconnecting from the hurt and the pain in life, to make your mind clear and anything seem possible. This is easily one of the best tracks I've ever heard from Megadeth.
"Burning Bridges" has a similar vibe, but also has a twist. "If you took your own direction, if only you practice what you preach. if you follow your advice -you wouldn't be burning bridges all of the time." If you be yourself, you'll find yourself in a direction you enjoy over time, with people who love you for who you are. That's quite beautiful, if you ask me.
Honestly, while critics back in the day said this album was a bit of a flop, and was "lacking the menace of the band's earlier work", I liked this album way more than I've liked any other album from Megadeth I've heard so far. Its not all bitching about the government and the way the world works. I've honestly questioned how a band can manage to have so much to say about one topic. While they do it well, frankly, I find it it a bit boring, so this was quite refreshing to discover! Others will definitely disagree but I think it would be interesting to hear them revisit the ideas of this album in future works.
Speaking of future works, Megadeth have released six more albums since this one was released, and we have reviewed five out of those six! Be sure to check them all out, they are all linked below! Also make it a point to check out Megadeth's website to take a look at all of their upcoming tour dates. They have many festivals coming up shortly such as Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville,Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, Rock'n Derby,Rocklahoma, and River City Rockfest. They also will be doing many European festivals over the summer, but we encourage you to go to their website to see all of those.
The System Has Failed - United Abominations - Thirteen -Super Collider -Dystopia
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.