MEGADETH- Dystopian Visions – Realm Of True Metal
 

MEGADETH- Dystopian Visions

 

Let’s kick this off by saying that I’ve always had a bit of a love/hate relationship when it comes to Megadeth. I use that term because this is one of those bands that can only be described as a rollercoaster. You never know from one minute to the next if they’re going to give us a masterpiece of metal or a steaming pile of crap. Yes, they’ve got a few of those (Super Collider being the latest humiliation). After being horribly unimpressed by that previous offering, I have to admit I was quite skeptical when I heard there was a new album coming out. They announced that ex-Angra shredder Kiko Loureiro was going to be taking over on lead guitar. Okay, my curiosity level went up a notch- mainly because I was skeptical as to whether or not they’d let him cut loose or if Mustaine would keep him on a tight leash. The band gave us a preview with the release of “Fatal Illusion” and I had myself wondering if in fact redemption would have to wait another day.   Let’s kick this off by saying that I’ve always had a bit of a love/hate relationship when it comes to Megadeth. I use that term because this is one of those bands that can only be described as a rollercoaster. You never know from one minute to the next if they’re going to give us a masterpiece of metal or a steaming pile of crap. Yes, they’ve got a few of those (Super Collider being the latest humiliation). After being horribly unimpressed by that previous offering, I have to admit I was quite skeptical when I heard there was a new album coming out. They announced that ex-Angra shredder Kiko Loureiro was going to be taking over on lead guitar. Okay, my curiosity level went up a notch- mainly because I was skeptical as to whether or not they’d let him cut loose or if Mustaine would keep him on a tight leash. The band gave us a preview with the release of “Fatal Illusion” and I had myself wondering if in fact redemption would have to wait another day.

But I decided I was going to give it a shot. I wasn’t going to judge by the first single. And you know what? I’m kinda glad I didn’t, because this album actually isn’t half bad. Granted, it’s never going to be mentioned along the greats (Rust In Peace, Peace Sells, Endgame or Countdown To Extinction). Sorry guys, but it’s not THAT good. It’s a hell of a step up from some of their piles of crap, though. Super Collider or Risk this is definitely not. “The Threat Is Real” is a solid opener that brings me back to the old days. The title track, “Dystopia” is a decent followup, but everything crashes with the aforementioned “Fatal Illusion”- a track that I personally found to be one of those on the disc that do absolutely nothing for me. It’s unmemorable, bland,  and that’s as far as I’m going to go there. Okay. First quarter out of the way. The trio leading up to the halfway point isn’t overly bad, but the only one I found really memorable is “Post American World”.

For the second half, I’m not really sure we need a 3 1/2 minute instrumental, but the followup, “Lying In State” really fires up the engine. This is a good Megadeth track and one of the higher spots on the album. “The Emperor” continues the journey before they bring it home with “Foreign Policy”, a track that had me shaking my head, in all honesty. I don’t know- maybe Mustaine felt like channeling Mike Muir- because when I was listening to this, I couldn’t tell if I was listening to Megadeth or Suicidal Tendencies. ‘Seriously, guys, this is one you probably should have left off. I really doubt it would have been missed.

Bottom line is, this isn’t Megadeth’s finest hour, but it’s also far from their lowest point. The new additions to the lineup were given their chance to shine, and they did so. The rollercoaster ride that is Megadeth continues- and this time they happen to be heading for an upswing. This will never be considered a great album, but it’s still pretty decent.
I’ll give Dystopia a 7.5/10.

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