MEGADETH – DYSTOPIA (2015)
Release Date: 22nd February 2016
℗ 2015 Universal Music Enterprises
- The Threat Is Real
- Fatal Illusion
- Death From Within
- Bullet To The Brain
- Post American World
- Poisonous Shadows
- Conquer Or Die!
- Lying In State
- The Emperor
- Foreign Policy
Perhaps it is the influence of contemporary losses suffered by music lovers the world over, that gives each and every new release special significance. Not that I would allege that Dave and the lads are getting on. If fact quite the opposite, yet every release from our proven masters carries a very special weight and significance.
This album is, by virtue of the aforementioned sentiment, no exception but it also carries its own special punch despite the former. I have to struggle with my peculiar feelings of loss for Lemmy, David and so many others called of late to the great green room in the sky.
To muster a measure of objectivity, my intention is to spin this latest release from Megadeth as though it’s a mid ‘90’s release. And naturally, the bands experience and contemporary line up make that sentiment immediately impossible.
The middle eastern influenced into to The Threat Is Real is almost immediately detonated into a riff ridden explosion of metal marvellousness, closely followed by the familiar tones of our metal maestro in Dave Mustane. That classic Megadeth sound is immediately represented, so I’m certain that fans of the band will not be the slightest bit disappointed. In fact, anyone who has ever laid a pic aloft the pickups and dextrous digits to the neck with malevolent metal intent, will surely feel, at very least, a profound respect.
Then we are ushered into a more unfamiliar sound with the albums namesake, but thoughtfully rescued and returned to the Megadeth staple by the solo. Then more lyrical delivery more aligning to the malign intent of Megadeth delivery. Now I’m just getting over excited. This track spells an exploration of sound by the band but with an abundance of riffage sure to keep the sceptics interested. For me personally, I’m enjoying the absolute shit out of the journey.
Then the axe work get even more impressive with Fatal Illusion and I’m quite certain the intro had a mid-recording visit from none other than a manifestation of Jimi Hendrix himself, albeit if only in influence. Killer stuff, and enough to not only keep the traditionalist appeased, but also forceful enough to breed yet another generation of loyal Megadeth faithful.
Wow, Death From Within really carries the characteristic tones of Megadeth so well that you will find yourself claiming direct input from prior releases dating right back to 1985. Then Bullet To the Brain brings a familiar feeling of satisfaction simply because you can sit back and enjoy the music. This mid album refrain is a stroke of pure production brilliance, because the track is a chance to just enjoy the sound of contemporary Megadeth magnificence, content to tune out and just appreciate what is, and what has been since 1983. Very odd indeed, the chance to reflect.
We are then truly blessed by the basic, but brilliantly delivery of Post American World . That return to malice that Mustane’s voice was created to deliver. Then a hush, then another explosive riff treatment we will be belting out on air guitar for another few decades. Absolutely fantastic. Bravo.
Poisonous Shadows is beautifully introduced by El Mariachi styling before our epic journey begins in earnest. The pounding drum work is thoroughly relentless and maniacal mosh merriment will be certain to leave more than a few necks disjointed. The MegaDaves are in full flight, complemented sensationally by Kiko and Chris. Absolutely epic and haunting. Beautiful Piano accompaniment from Loureiro and a sensational orchestral arrangement throughout courtesy of Ronn Huff.
To have the San Diego Symphony contribute to any recording is sure to make it nothing short of epic and memorable. This album is, naturally no exception.
Conquer or Die…an instrumental inclusion to the recording. Some may be sceptical, as is usually the way of all matters Megadeth, but if this track does not leave your jaw on the floor, then you were surely sans aural capacity to begin with.
Lying In State continues the superb blending of old styling and contemporary brilliance in simply superlative style. This will leave you desirous of more…more live shows…more albums…more MegaDaves…more Megadeth.
The Emperor continues the carnage as Megadeth collectively hack and slash their way through an endless field of sceptics and naysayers. Occasionally you will hear some Sweating Bullets coming to the fore, but the world could surely use some more of that, right?
A cover of Fear’s Foreign Policy is the track that will leave you wanting. Wanting more and more, nay begging to start the album again.
Dave is surely more proud than can be reasonably expected with this sensational album. This will be the vindication for the long waiting faithful, hanging in the wings, certain of a triumphant return.
As an ‘old school’ Megadeth fan, I can say I thoroughly love this album. I could be absolutely justified in saying that each band member, along with every Megadeth fan old and new, will be justified in spinning this disk in bewildered disbelief and letting the expletives fly. I’m sure Megadeth are sitting back in a similar fashion, so let’s joint the deserving band in a post listening exclamation of ‘that’s fucking awesome’.
THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU