Two things happened during the 80's, heavy thrash metal emerged. Glam rock took us by storm. Today Glam rock is all but dead, but hard hitting double bass pounding metal isn't. The few bands I refer to is Metallica and Megadeth.
-Review by Bob Messer


THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO
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and was last updated on June 22, 2005

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THE GROUP

Al Pitrelli
Lead, Rhythm, and Acoustic Guitars

Jimmy DeGrasso
Drums

David Ellefson
Bass Guitar

Dave Mustaine
Lead Vocals, Lead Rhythm, and Acoustic Guitars

MEGADETH
THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO
Sanctuary Records
-Review by Bob Messer

There are just a few bands around today that have survived the constant shifts of metal music. The 70's were filled with loud bands like Black Sabbath, then came the eighties! Two things happened during the 80's, heavy thrash metal emerged. Glam rock took us by storm. Today Glam rock is all but dead, but hard hitting double bass pounding metal isn't. The few bands I refer to is Metallica and Megadeth.

Dave Mustaine rushes in with a new band, and a new album. The World Needs A Hero is good. It far surpasses the last album Risk. I have very few Megadeth CD's in my collection (Countdown To Extinction, and Cryptic Writings). Adding this one was worth a few bucks.

The line up this time is Dave Mustaine-guitar/vocals, David Elleffson-bass, Jimmy DeGrasso-drums, Al Pitrelli-guitar and back up vocals. Musically they're more intense, with some worthy progressions. Jimmy's drums are simple in nature, yet keeping up well with the aggressive guitar and bass lines. Dave and Al exchange leads through most of the album. The mix is excellent. There are even some strings on the CD, I was pleasantly surprised. My only complaint is Dave's rambling (talking) throughout some of the songs.

Like many heavy metal records, this one twists and turns with anger and frustration. Now what could Dave Mustaine be on edge about, let's see:

Disconnect is an unfortunate tale of a very bitter person who walks all over people and doesn't have a conscience. Life has dealt them a bad hand. They use their past pain to fuel hate over other people. "With a broken heart underneath all of the pain, do you stroke the pretty scars- The hurt never ends."

The World Needs A Hero is mostly attacking a nation's weakened government. The White House is mentioned, NATO, the UN, and Dave also puts himself within the mess toward the end of the song. The vibe I'm getting here is that all around the world the leaders are coming up short. The world needs to have a new leader (hero). Could Jesus Christ be that hero?

Moto Psycois a three minute radio friendly single and another anthem for those biker rockers out there. Suddenly throwing in the towel and taking off headed for nowhere is the prime directive here. This person has reached the boiling point of ridicule in their life and takes off on their bike.

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1000 Times Goodbye is about a hurtful breakup. What is different is the snappy dialog all through the song. Very comical I thought. Yup, breaking up is hard to do.

After the hang up we glide into song number five. I guess Dave must be really steamed after the breakup because in Burning Bridgeshe mentions "...And something I noticed, beating you is thrilling me!" several times. This angry tune is apparently about someone who has not been true to themselves and others, and has burned many bridges. Watch out for the double bass attack. Go Jimmy!

You can't make a good metal record without a cool sounding song title; Recipe For Hateis it! It speaks of someone who has deep hatred towards a group of people. It could be co-workers, or family, etc. The song mainly speaks of anger, one passage that comes to mind is Ephesians 4:26-27 (look it up).

...Hate then progresses into Warhorse which sings of somebody being in a Purgatory exile. (These two songs are on the same track.)

Losing My Senses is a contradictory play on words. It falls in to that rock n' roll, history can teach us nothing mentality. "Yesterday's answers has nothing to do with today's questions." Not so true if you are a biblical reader.

Promises is the CD's power ballad! Wait! Megadeth and power ballad? The song talks of two lovers suffering under the persecution of others. What is different about this ballad is its heavenly twist. "There's so many fighting to get past the Pearly Gates, but nobody wants to get saved."

Dave's rambling I spoke of before is back in Dread And The Fugitive Mind. What we have here is somebody who does wicked things. "What's yours is mine and what's mine is mine too." The song also depicts extreme selfishness.

Return To Hanger is my favorite pick of the record. Its about a government cover-up of some kind. It also has some old school thrash metal mixed in, very tasty.

When is the album's theatrical closer. Once again it is filled with anger and hate toward other people.

The album cover depicts true heavy metal horror and the words suggest anger, violence, and unforgiveness. All the ingredients necessary to make a metal record. I was hoping for a little less harshness from Mustaine, not so.
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Lifting shadows off a dream once broken,
Bob

CD infoList Of Songs:
1. Disconnect
2. The World Needs A Hero
3. Moto Psycho
4. 1000 Times Goodbye
5. Burning Bridges
6. Promises
7. Recipe For Hate...Warhorse
8. Losing My Senses
9. Dread And The Fugitive Mind
10. Silent Scorn
11. Return To Hangar

 
OTHER ALBUMS
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Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years
2000
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Risk
1999
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Cryptic Writings
1997
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Hidden Treasures
1995
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Youthanasia
1994
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Countdown To Extinction
1992
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Rust In Peace
1990
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So Far So Good...So What
1988
 
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Peace Sells But Who's Buying
1986
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Killing Is My Business
1985
 

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I used to be a big Megadeth fan
Subject: Megadeth
From Jon
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2002
From: Jonathan

Hey how is it going. I am pretty good. My buddy just told me about your site and I thought I would check it out. I grew up in a church home my dad is a pastor and I am a Christian all though religeos pepole like my dad dont think so but I wont get to deep into that becaus you would be here for a week reading this. Anyway I was just writing about the Megadeth thing I dont understand a lot of these people saying Dave sounds like a demon what. I had to deal with that all the time because I was the pastors kid and people should really check stuff out before they say stuff. I used to be a big Megadeth fan but now I like a bit heavier music and mabye some of the stuff they sing about is not what people would consider positive or uplifting but dont listen to it then. I like it because I am a drummer and I like fast extreme stuff. If you want to check some other bands out I would really like to know what you think because I have not heard one person who does not freak when they here it but I dont think it affects my relationship with God. I have a very different view I guess I believe in the grace of God and it seems to me a lot of Christians dont. Not that we should just do whatever and say well God will forgive me but everyone does dumb stuff and I have friends now that think there is now way God could forgive them because of what they have heard from a lot of church people. Well I guess I should let you go if you have a chance read the book ragamuffin gospel it is really good and I think this is a very cool site you guys seem like you have open minds and that is cool. By the way some of the bands I listen to are Dimmu Borgir, Emperor,and Old Mans Child check them out if you want.
Bye for now.

DETH CRITIQUES
Subject: Megadeth_The_World_Needs_A_Hero
Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2002
From: Bio rick

Those of you knowing little/nothing about Megadeth, would you PLEASE post elsewhere. Opening lines like 'I haven't really listened to this band' speak for themselves.

SATANIC MUSIC?
Subject: Megadeth_The_World_Needs_A_Hero
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002
From: Kevin

this is in response to the person claiming to be a teacher and to all those who say to be wary of metal bands such as Megadeth:

I am an adult male, 24 years old with no arrest record, perfect credit, always paid my bills on time, and am also a college graduate. I am a perfectly well-adjusted human being, and I grew up on MEGADETH. Yes, lyrically, Dave Mustaine can be rather pessimistic at times. And musically, he's relentless in his pursuit or speed and power. But to suggest the devil in his music, get real. I happen to recall the past 24 years as being rather trying times, and no matter how much faith the church wants you to have, just look around. The toilet bowl is far from being clean. There is no reasonable argument that rock music breeds satanism. And besides, Satanism is a perfectly viable religion, and I live in a country (U.S.A) that provides me with the right to worship the devil until I'm blue in the face. It's perfectly legal. And please stop harassing rock musicians because the music is too heavy for you. It's ridiculous and you can't stop human beings from getting enjoyment out of it. If you have a problem with what I'm saying, visit me at smokintongues.com. It's not metal, but you can make a case that were a satanic pop band if you really want to dig for the negative. So much for spirituality and positive thinking. Hypocrites.
Kev

THERE ISN'T SPIRITUAL TRUTH IN EVERYTHING... IS THERE?
Subject: 'Megadeth_The_World_Needs_A_Hero
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001
From: dude bro

you guys are really grabbing for some "spiritual truths" in the stuff you are reviewing. if you try hard enough we can make a spiritual truth about pornography, murder, or other sick things. but what is beneficial about that? some of the stuff you have here is a stumbling block to young Christians. Romans 14:21 "It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall."

keep looking for the good in everything, but don't make up what sometimes just isn't there and isn't intended for good. we need sold out Christians in the entertainment business to be salt and light.
dude bro

Response: You misapply Romans 14:21. It has to do with a personal one on one relationship. It is a discipleship issue -and it does not apply to response/commentary to pop culture. Besides Paul drank wine, and so did Jesus. Also, they both ate meat. So think through what you are saying. -David

SAME DEMON SAYS "TEACHER"
Subject: Megadeth_The_World_Needs_A_Hero
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001
From: NStevenicola

I wasn't looking for this site but ran across it by accident. I don't know a lot about Megadeath. I found one of their tapes on the street a few years ago. I'm a teacher at a Christian school and I want to be on the cutting edge of what kids are into. I used to be into a a lot of rock but found it really affected my joy in the Lord so I have had to stop listening to it. Anyway I listened to the Megadeath tape (I can't remember the title) and found it very disturbing to me personally for this reason. I was at a church service several years ago that was dealing with the occult and devil possession. Suddenly a girl jumps up and runs out of the church. Several people went after her. As I left the meeting I could hear her screaming and it wasn't this girls voice (I knew her) it was the most gravely, dark, growling scream I've ever heard before or since. Anyway the connection with Megadeath is this: I heard that same scream on the Megadeath tape. The same sounding voice that I heard coming from that girl was just the same as on the tape. No different. What does all this mean? Look at the covers, read the lyrics, and listen to how the music is being played and then put it all together. I have. I can't say that you will come up with the same conclusion. I pray that you the reader will have discernment.
Christ's Love.
Steve

Response: It is hard to believe you qualify to be a teacher. Your reasoning is somehow wrong. I appreciate the fact that you are a Christian, but that's about all I can say that is kind in terms of your email. Please rethink what you are saying. -David

TAKE A CHILL PILL PEOPLE!
Subject: Megadeth_The_World_Needs_A_Hero
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001
From: "tim lessels"

Take a chill pill people! stop being so intense with one another! if you cant treat each other right then u cant convice non-christians christianity is true. I have no problems with listening to "heavy metal" that is lyrically sound. In my experiance "secular music" is more sound than the socalled "praise" songs we sing on sundays!

However im not convinced that "megadeth" is a healthy option in general (i say this as an ex-fan) when i became a christian, their lyrical content became undesirable and irrelevant (although their riffs still rock!). However i have not heard "looking up the cross", and so will check it out :)

As a ex-fan i dont recall their music being "satanic" although there are some bands to be wary of (ie. slayer, pantera). However Metallica, U2, Delirious, etc. have a combination of good songs and bad ones. Don't throw out the baby with the bath water. but dont drink the bath water either.

And to "seekingthelord" guy. Don't become so heavenly minded that your of no earthly use! When we die, we are dead until the ressurection. Then God will create "a new heavens and a NEW EARTH". better get used to living on earth cause we don't go to heaven!!!

SATANIC BANDS
Subject: Megadeth_The_World_Needs_A_Hero
Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2001
From: Michael Greensboro

Hey, I love the movie site but was suprised to see Satanic music reviewed on the site. I don't see anything redeemable in this music, though we can all pray for the band members and fans.
Thanks, Michael Greensboro, NC

PLEASE THINK A LITTLE DEEPER
Subject: Megadeth_The_World_Needs_A_Hero
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001
From: "James Pond"

I think it would be interesting to note that Dave Mustaine, the lead singer and guitarist, is a Christian or is trying to find out what that means. He grew up in a Christian home, but failed to see the significance of Christianity. He struggles with it in his song "Looking up the Cross". He has been attending church in Arizona with his family and is pursuing God in his own way. It's funny to me that so many people have it so wrapped up tight with all of the answers. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil and yet, they shun their brother and cast the first stone.

Holy in your opinion or not, it is not what Jesus exampled. If you have it all together, you really don't. I am a father of three and I struggle daily with what is worth pursuing and what is chaff. I am also an actor and I have a deep respect for the power of media. Let's not jump into the judgment seat and deal in invective. Let's focus more on loving others and dredging this culture for the better together.
Peace. James Pond

GOT A PROBLEM WITH THIS...
Subject: Megadeth_The_World_Needs_A_Hero
Date: 12 Sep 2001
From: marc

it appears to me that for a Christian site, there's quite a bit of non-christian music getting reveiwed...and it seems to me to be getting loaded into the other end of the spectrum. Christ is all about love, peace, sharing the Gospel. The world is about hate, fear, anxiety, death, and destruction. Not saying you aren't Christians- not at all, tho I do feel it's my responsibility as a Christian to bring up the point that the lines are getting washed over a bit; Sure, we can listen to anyhting out there in the world, buy Black Sabbath cd's, bang your head off at a Megadeth show. It's ultimately our own decision. But, careful reading of the word would go to prove that this is'nt the way we, as Christians, are to represent who's service we are in. I can't see how a Christian would have much credibility showing up at a Sabbath show, and trying to tell someone Jesus can save them, as you bang away. Credibility goes out the window, as you have managed to show the world you are certainly at ease at being in it (the world), and partaking heartily of it. Biblically, we are in the world, but "seperate from it". We need to live God's Word, and not throw it around as mere semantics. What we let in; see, hear, and say, is relfective of what is in our hearts. I don't mean to be a hard case here, but if we are to live as Christians, we got compromises to make for the Lord, on His terms, and certainly not ours. Righteousness won't happen on our own doing; takes the Holy Spirit to do this, and if you allow yourself to partake of the world's stuff, that exudes hate, fear, temptation, etc., the Holy Spirit will not be there. Sin and the Holy Spirit can not be in the same place; you are either in or you'r e going out. I ask that you would pray for some guidance in this, choices in music, movies, etc., and ask the Lord to direct our feet, and light our paths. Don't be fooled by the evil one; he does everything he does thru deception, and he is the very best at it. Be on guard; guard your heart, and seek the guidance of Jesus. God Bless you all, get out there and share the Word with a stranger- in a pub, in a club, on the street. It's outside the church where the real growth happens.
Marc

MEGADETH
Subject: Megadeth_The_World_Needs_A_Hero

Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001
From: travis

Why is this evil? I did not see any evil in it, a bit disturbing album cover, but Dave Mustaine and Megadeth do not put lyrically substanisial evil in this.

I'm guessing that this previous response is from one those people who heard that all things metal are Sataninc from a televangilist who hid his own subliminal messages in songs to "prove" his point, like they did with Led Zeppelin.(Stairway)

You holier than thou types make me sick.

THAT GUY ABOUT SEEKING GOD IS GAY
Subject: Megadeth_The_World_Needs_A_Hero
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2001
From: Mu Dv Ay Ne DiG

just to let you know man you aren't suppose to force religon on anyone.

THIS IS EVIL
Subject: Megadeth_The_World_Needs_A_Hero
Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2001
From: SeekingOurLord

I WASNT GOING TO POST MY COMMENT BUT SINCE YOU ASKED FOR IT HERE IT IS. I THOUGHT I HAD GOT ON A CHRISTIAN SITE BUT I CAN SEE CLEARLY I DID NOT .....THE BIBLE TELLS US PLAIN TO SHUN ALL APPEARANCE OF EVIL AND ANYONE WITH TWO EYES CAN SEE THIS IS EVIL.WE ARE TO UPLIFT THE NAME OF JESUS AND NOT TO BRING REPROACH UPON HIS NAME AND THAT'S PLAINLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING YOU NEED TO GIVE YOU'RE HEART TO THE LORD AND HE WILL CLEAN YOU INSIDE AND OUT YOUR EYES TOO. I WILL PRAY GOD WILL OPEN YOU'RE BLIND EYES UP AND GIVE YOU A REALITY OF WHAT BEING A CHRISTIAN REALLY IS ....THE BIBLE ALSO SAYS COME OUT FROM AMONG HER MY PEOPLE [THE WORLD ].SEE !! WE HAVE TO LIVE IN THE WORLD BUT NOT BE PARTAKERS OF ITS SIN....PLEASE ASK GOD TO SAVE YOUR SOUL ...

Response: So we are not Christian! Well, well, well. Hmm, who would have guessed? It is wonderful to be enlightened by you. -David

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