13 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the arena-rock slowdowns (!) and banjo interludes (!!!) of 2013’s Super Collider, Dave Mustaine & Co. return to the paranoid, bone-dry thrash that made Megadeth teenage heroes in their early days. Opening with a conspiracist’s cornucopia of bad news (“The Threat Is Real”), Dystopia tears through 11 grim fight songs about political celebrity (“The Emperor”), global politics (“Post American World,” which borrows its title from a Fareed Zakaria book), and a host of other things to be worried about before capping it off with a cover of hardcore band Fear’s “Foreign Policy”—a song whose satirical suggestions of harmony through violent oppression hit eerily close to home.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the arena-rock slowdowns (!) and banjo interludes (!!!) of 2013’s Super Collider, Dave Mustaine & Co. return to the paranoid, bone-dry thrash that made Megadeth teenage heroes in their early days. Opening with a conspiracist’s cornucopia of bad news (“The Threat Is Real”), Dystopia tears through 11 grim fight songs about political celebrity (“The Emperor”), global politics (“Post American World,” which borrows its title from a Fareed Zakaria book), and a host of other things to be worried about before capping it off with a cover of hardcore band Fear’s “Foreign Policy”—a song whose satirical suggestions of harmony through violent oppression hit eerily close to home.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
677 Ratings
677 Ratings
berserker777 ,

Megadeth is back!!!!!!!

Fatal Illusion taps into the energy of Killing is my Business and Peace Sells to give us one of the heaviest Megadeth songs since The System Has Failed. Hope the rest of Dystopia thrashes just as hard!

♥jamesish♥ ,

Excellent Thrash

I don't want to say Megadeth is back too early, but this is the first thrash song Megadeth has released in 25 years. Dave was telling the truth when he said he was done with making radio friendly songs. This song touches their roots and adds a bit of their new sound in it. The first minute of this song is straight out of Slayer's handbook. Chris' drums are what add that special thump to the song. They're thrash drums, and Dave hasn't welcomed thrashy drums in his music in roughly 25 years. It has been quite a while since I've been able to listen to a new Megadeth song more than twice a day. "Fatal Illusion" has been in my now playing box no less than 15 times these past two days.

Excellent, hopefully lasting, return to form for Dave.

elh4919 ,

Something tells me this album is for Obama

Wish more celebrities spoke out against big government / political correctness.

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