Megadeth’s Dystopia (2016): The illicit offspring of Risk and The World Needs a Hero – and that is a good thing!

It is finally here. Dave Mustaine and his men present the 15th studio album of Megadeth: Dystopia. After a few albums which did not satisfy the very high exception I always have when a new Megadeth album comes out, this one was able to positively surprise me. My first thought was: Dystopia sounds like the illicit offspring of Risk and The World Needs a Hero – and that is a good thing! The high-gloss and crisp sound, the dark mood, and the sharp melodies provide a stringent musical concept for the album.

I like every track on Dystopia. It would be a stretch to consider all songs killers, but there are definitely no fillers. If I had to choose three favorite songs, these would include Death From WithinLying In State, and the title-track Dystopia. Even though this is the first release with Kiko Loureiro on guitars and Chris Adler on drums, they are a good complement to frontman Dave Mustaine and long-time bass player David Ellefson, and the album proudly carries the remarkable Megadeth trademark in regard to concept, songwriting, and sound.

Dystopia wins with polished energy, smart melodic hooks, and a tendency to Megadeth’s retro-metal feel. Definitely one of the best Megadeth albums this century.

What others say about Dystopia by Megadeth:

J.J. Anselmi, avclub.com:
Dystopia, Megadeth’s latest, creates a similar state of conflicted confusion [as in Sweating Bullets]. The music is ferocious, catchy, and arguably the band’s best since the early ’90s; but many of Dystopia’s lyrics have nauseating connotations. Although the riffs and drumming might induce hypnotic states of headbanging, Mustaine’s lyrics will make you stop and think, “Wait, what did he just say?”

Chad Bowar, loudwire.com:
Dystopia is the sound of a band that’s re-energized. Loureiro is a great addition to the lineup, and whether Adler is on board for the long haul or not, his contributions were very valuable. Fifteen albums into their legendary career, the resilient Megadeth continue to impress.

Kory Grow, rollingstone.com:
With everything working in concert, Megadeth sound reborn on Dystopia. Gone are the surprisingly un-metal banjo interludes of their last record, 2013’s Super Collider; in their place is some of the most vital and menacing thrash that Mustaine has concocted in years. After all, he knows every winning political campaign needs great fight songs.

midnightstrike3625, sputnikmusic.com:
All in all [Dystopia] is an album worth buying, and a pleasant surprise to those who doubted Megadeth’s ability to create a thrash album post-2009. No doubt the best album since Endgame, though that’s not really an accomplishment in it’s own right. Megadeth have stepped up their game tremendously, giving the fans what they want for the first time in nearly seven years.

Mosh, moshville.co.uk:
The end result [of Dystopia] is superb and growing on me with every listen. Is it the next Rust in Peace? No, I doubt anything will top the 1990 classic for me. But it’s right up there in a creditable runner-up position and is an album that’s going to live up to its “most anticipated” badge given by Loudwire. To those who helped crowdfund it – thank you. And I’m sure you won’t be disappointed when you get your paws on it.

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Sebastiano Mereu

YouTuber + host of the #FHTZ online music show with co-producer @simonkurt + marketing & digital content producer + university lecturer

  • IainPurdie

    Thanks for the link back to Moshville Times 🙂 I’ve yet to read a bad review of the album, and it seems to be “re-converting” fans who lost interest over the last decade or two.

    • Sebastiano Mereu

      Of course 🙂 I enjoyed your Dystopia review. Yeah, looks as if Mustaine & co. found the right formulae to bring Megadeth back on track with long lost fans. I definitely enjoy it more than the last few releases.