1. Megadeth – Dystopia
Three years on from the universally panned Super Collider and having once again gone through a change in guitarist and drummer – out went Chris Broderick and longtime member Shawn Drover and in came Kiko Loureiro and Chris Adler respectively – and the world was faced with a new Megadeth album in 2016.
Dystopia – perhaps the most hyped Megadeth album in over twenty years – had a lot to live up to but considering their turbulent history, the fact that Dave Mustaine and his cohorts were on to album number 15 was nothing short of astonishing!
“The Threat Is Real” kicked the album off at a brisk pace with its taught, muscular riffs and blasts of double bass and it became immediately apparent that Mustaine and Loureiro were a formidible partnership capable of shitting enough riffs and solos to put the majority of their modern contempories to shame.
Anyone looking for a straight up rehash of Rust In Peace were, of course, going to be disappointed – that time has surely passed – but everything that makes Megadeth such a legendary band was distilled into this one fantastic album. Blasts of old-school technical thrash remained but combined with the clinical, commercial riffola of Countdown To Extinction, the result was a defiantly modern sounding, viciously vibrant album.
Dystopia was undoubtedly the best Megadeth album in over twenty years and can sit comfortably alongside their early period classics. We tipped this as an album of the year contender back in January….turns out we were right!
You need to hear: The whole fuckin’ thing!
Honourable mentions: Sodom – Decision Day / Destruction – Under Attack / Ripper – Experiment Of Existence / Poltergeist – Back to Haunt / Anger As Art – Ad Mortem Festinamus