Today’s #albumoftheday is Megadeth’s The World Needs A Hero. This was the American thrash metal/heavy metal band’s ninth studio album, released in 2001. This was the only studio album to feature lead guitarist Al Pitrelli. This was the last studio album to feature drummer Jimmy DeGrasso and bassist David Ellefson until his return with 2011’s Endgame. After the critical and commercial failure of Risk, the band returned to a more heavy metal-based approach, which really had not been heard since Countdown To Extinction or Rust In Peace. However, some of the more commercial songwriting elements can still be heard in this record. Part of me loves this album, but the other part of me strays away from it for good reason. Some of the songwriting here is just generic, although there are some gems hidden between the dirt. When is definitely an album highlight, combining the early melody Mustaine wrote for The Call Of Ktulu mixed with Diamond Head’s Am I Evil?, which clocks in at over nine minutes, making it one of the band’s longest recorded songs. There are some interesting more streamlined tracks like Moto Psycho and Dread And The Fugitive Mind, which conjures memories of Youthanasia and Countdown To Extinction. There is also a sequel to Hanger 18, which is more or less just a re-written Hanger 18 with altered lyrics. There is even a folly ballad here with Coming Home. Objectively, The World Needs A Hero is a great record. However, it isn’t a great Megadeth record when compared against their mostly fantastic discography. Pitrelli’s leads just don’t really stand out in any way, which is a shame compared to how iconic every Megadeth guitarist was before him. There are definitely some cool tracks to be found here, but there is a reason that The World Needs A Hero is so often overlooked. Casual metal fans and hardcore Megadeth fans will love this one, but Megadeth purists will have to look elsewhere. My favorite songs off of this album are Dread And The Fugitive Mind, Moto Psycho, and Return To Hanger. (Song: Return To Hangar) #megadeth#theworldneedsahero#returntohangar#hangar18#heavymetal#thrashmetal#thrash#metal#hardrock#rock#music#song#band#bands#album
James Hetfield is one of my idols and one of my biggest influences/inspirations as a musician. When I saw this at the book store, I knew that I needed to get it. After buying it, i started reading on public transit and at home and just finished it tonight. I already knew about his life from videos and documentaries but this book gave a serious in-depth look at James Hetfield, the human being, not just James Hetfield, Metallica’s frontman and rhythm guitarist. If you are a huge fan of Metallica and James Hetfield, I definitely recommend getting this book.