Megadeth ‎– The World Needs A Hero

Metal-is Records ‎– MISCD006, Metal-is Records ‎– MISCD 006, Sanctuary Records ‎– MISCD006
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1 Disconnect
Percussion – Chris Vrenna
2 The World Needs A Hero 3:52
3 Moto Psycho 3:06
4 1000 Times Goodbye 6:25
5 Burning Bridges 5:20
6 Promises
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – Suzie Katayama
7 Recipe For Hate...Warhorse 5:18
8 Losing My Senses
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – Suzie Katayama
9 Dread And The Fugitive Mind 4:25
10 Silent Scorn
Trumpet – Bob Findley
11 Return To Hangar 3:59
12 When 9:13

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Recorded and Mixed at the following:
• Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA
• Additional Overdubs at the Salt Mine Studios, Mesa, AZ
• Mixed and Overdubs at Scream Studios, Studio City, CA
• Mixed at The Enterprise II Studios, North Hollywood, CA

Mastered at Precision Mastering Lab, Hollywood, CA.

℗ 2001 The copyright in these sound recordings is owned by Sanctuary Copyrights Ltd.
© 2001 Sanctuary Copyrights Ltd.

Made in England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 038456 900624
  • Barcode (Scanned, EAN 13): 5038456900624
  • Matrix / Runout: MISCD006 01 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Mould text): MADE IN THE UK BY UNIVERSAL M & L
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L135
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 04E2
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 04D1
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 04D5
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 04B8
  • Label Code: LC 6448

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VICP-61348 Megadeth The World Needs A Hero(CD, Album, Promo) Victor VICP-61348 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
06076 84503-2 Megadeth The World Needs A Hero(CD, Album, Unofficial) Sanctuary Records (2) 06076 84503-2 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
MISBX 006 Megadeth The World Needs A Hero(CD, Album, Unofficial) Metal-Is Records (2) MISBX 006 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
PCKC 20057 Megadeth The World Needs A Hero(Cass, Album) Sanctuary Records Group PCKC 20057 South Korea 2001 Sell This Version
61053521912 Megadeth The World Needs A Hero(CD, Album) Sum Records (2) 61053521912 Colombia 2001 Sell This Version


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May 4, 2018

Megadeth took a huge risk (no pun intended) with 1999's 'Risk' album. In a bid to gain more mainstream success, the band shunned the thrash metal genre they'd popularized in the 80's and turned to a radio-friendly rock sound. It didn't pay off. Big time. Dave Mustaine and his crew had egg well and firmly on their faces, and nobody likes egg on their faces.

So by the time 2001 rolled around, the band had used up their one and only "gone back to their roots" cliché (every band that's been around long enough gets to do this at least once). The problem was, with 'Risks' massive failure behind them, and with rising tensions between artist and record label, this truly feels like a band, and in particular, a man (Mustaine), who is lacking enthusiasm and who's heart isn't in it.

For the record, I loved 'Risk'. Just saying.

With 'The World Needs a Hero', there's definitely a metal vibe again. But the music just seems pretty lifeless and rigid. The crunchy riffs are back, but everything seems so stoic. The spite and hatred of Megadeth's earlier days is long gone, having been replaced by some of the most mundane lyrics imaginable. While some of the songs are pretty decent, everything just seems so uninspired.

Guitar legend Marty Friedman, who left the band after the 'Risk' tour, has been replaced by Al Pitrelli of Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra fame. This is actually really cool, because I love those bands, but unfortunately Pitrelli doesn't really have his own unique voice like his predecessor. And the interplay between Mustaine and Pitrelli doesn't produce anything noteworthy.

Still, this album does have its merits. '1000 Times Goodbye', 'Moto Psycho', 'Promises', 'Dread and the Fugitive Mind' and 'Disconnect' are all decent enough songs, but not really much to shout about if I'm honest. 'Return to Hanger', a sequel to one of their biggest hits, 'Hanger 18', serves as a weak attempt at capturing some of their thrash era glory, and things are capped off with 'When', a diabolical rip-off of the Diamond Head classic 'Am I Evil' (which is only a classic due to Mustaine's former band Metallica... the irony of it all).

Overall, this isn't a bad album, but it really sounds like a group that are burned out and in need of some new inspiration. While the world needs a hero, it feels like this band needs a break. And on that note...


March 2, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
Very solid if unremarkable Megadeth album

Released in 2001, THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO is the ninth album by Los Angeles’ Megadeth. While it was a decent return to metal after the experimental failure of 1999’s RISK (which actually was certified Gold in the USA), there aren’t many standout songs to distinguish it, although the album’s consistently solid from beginning to end and occasionally has a non-horror KD vibe (which ain’t a bad thing).

I guess it doesn’t help that one section of the album’s most notable track, the 9-minute final cut “When,” rips-off Diamond Head’s “Am I Evil?” which was covered by Mustaine’s former band Metallica. Dave said the similarities were clearly intentional because they’re so obvious, suggesting that it was merely a tribute. The resemblances of that one section, however, don’t detract from the rest of the song, which includes an absolutely stunning solo section featuring Al Pitrelli on lead guitar (ex-Savatage).

So I like the album. Highlights include the memorable "Motor Psycho," the amusing "1000 Times Goodbye" (with speaking bits by an ex-girlfriend/wife character), and the atypical "Silent Scorn," which includes well done trumpet/symphonic pieces. But critics claimed that it lacked the flash & fury of past glories and too often smacked of rehashed Megadeth. For instance, compare "Dread and the Fugitive Mind" to "Sweating Bullets" from COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION (1990).