Megadeth are the coolest thing since sliced bread and have a back-catalog of 15 phenomenal albums to prove it! Lyrically profound, their music’s themes focus on death, war, politics, and religion and with over 50 million albums sold worldwide to date, they’ve solidified their status as one of the most legendary Thrash Metal bands of all time.
The brainchild of bassist, David Ellefson and Dave Mustaine, the band was conceived in 1983 when Dave, upon being fired from Metallica decided to carve his own legacy among the lords of hair metal mountain. The 4 piece band’s line-up has changed several times over the years despite having such a concrete formula and defined sound. This new album features the talents of Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson, Chris Adler & Kiko Loureiro and it is truly a testament to a time since passed where thundering percussion and wailing guitar were all that was needed to help the public get their jollys off.
I never truly appreciated Megadeth until a comrade introduced me to a track off “Peace Sells…But Whose Buying” entitled Peace Sells before I realized that this was what I had been searching for all my life! Banging my head in fury as I rode the electric lightning that is Megadeth’s signature powerfully intoxicating riffs.
Dystopia is something of an oddity for the band who’ve evolved into the very epitome of Metallic excellence. The album hurls you into the fray immediately letting you know that the “Threat is Real” and before you know it your fist is raised to the sky with Lucifer’s Horns.
Sliding scales and righteous bar chords lay the foundation for the technical sophistication and avant garde attitude to music unites us as metal heads with the fury that burns inside us all. Foot tapping and head banging and I didn’t fucking care! “Cause it’s a fatal illusion to think that evil never dies!”
Are you angry? Or do you simply shove your pugilistic rage so far down that all the world thinks you’re a well-adjusted adult? If so then this album is just for you. Without giving too much away I’ll tell you that this music makes or breaks you with its ability to instill something so primal and manic it may even be referred to as inhuman.
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