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Classic Album Review: Megadeth | The World Needs a Hero

Dave Mustine continues his unfortnate devolution into an Alice Cooper impersonator.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Never mind what the world needs. What it doesn’t need is another Alice Cooper impersonator — which is, sadly, what Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine continues to morph into as he ages.

His once-venomous voice has devolved to a carbon copy of Alice’s sneering nasal rasp, while his intensely intricate speed-thrash has been diluted into Cooper’s sluggish, theatro-metal. Although, to be fair, Dave still packs more cool riffs into each track than Alice has had in the past decade — and that includes the years when Megadeth rhythm guitarist Al Pitrelli was in Coop’s band. Still, at this point, it would seem Mustaine has two choices: Put on the eyeliner and top hat or offer fellow Phoenician Cooper a job.