Dystopia

Megadeth - Dystopia
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2016 Ratings: #681 / 764
User Score
Based on 90 ratings
2016 Ratings: #701
January 22, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian

Dystopia is an absolutely blistering return to the state-of-the-art bombast and refined technicality of past glories like Rust in Peace and Endgame.

80
AllMusic

It's easy to appreciate the music on Dystopia; it showcases Mustaine and a crack new version of Megadeth at a creative peak. It's also tempting to argue with the songwriter's politics and the hamfisted way he puts them across.

80
NOW Magazine

Their albums have a way of hitting the spot, like when you could really go for a Big Mac and then you eat a Big Mac. By such (admittedly compromised) standards, Dystopia is a great record.

70
Rolling Stone

With everything working in concert, Megadeth sound reborn on Dystopia.

60
Exclaim!
It's miles ahead of their rather forgettable last album, and there's still enough here for fans to celebrate Megadeth getting back on track and starting a new chapter in the band's storied career.
60
PopMatters

It’s very hard to ignore the inundation of politically themed lyrics and by the end you are left with a more than plentiful serving of not-so-subtle political moaning.

58
Consequence of Sound
At this point in his career, it’s as strong an album as anyone can expect from Mustaine and his revolving door of performers and should pull Megadeth out of has-been status.
40
Slant Magazine

Dystopia is marred by repetitive phrasing and turgid hooks; the riffs here are high volume, low value.

25
A.V. Club

It’s almost tragic that Mustaine has tainted the masterful instrumentation of Dystopia with his offensive politics.

JustSomeGuy
67
This album is too unfairly overhated. This is a really solid thrash record. Sure, it isn't the best in Megadeth's catalog, but it's still a good album.

One of the main complaints I've been seeing here is that Mustaine's vocals aren't as good as they used to be. And I definitely agree. It was one of the points I brought up in my Super Collider review. However, while this is far from his best vocal performance, it's not as bad as some people are making it out to be. It's not the uninspiring ... read more
slickleg
72
The album is nothing short of decent but I can't help but feel it lacks interesting ideas or differentiation. It's almost same old, same old. Like their 2000s works before the god-awful piece of trash that is Super Collider. This is in absolutely every way better, but not by any means anything amazing. It's sad really, cuz the guitarist here, Kiko, is the best since iconic Marty Friedman -- featured on their best works -- and they had the monster that is Chris Adler on drums. I actually saw ... read more
Inglume
37
This and Super Collider are essentially comparable to Metallica's Lulu and St.Anger. We can simply just forget about the existence of this album, and luckily, I almost did.
Nonserviam
0
Played-out mediocre thrash infused with disgusting politics.
DevinONeill
52
The title track is pretty great, but outside of that, 'Dystopia' is an unfortunate sign of how far the band has fallen.

Fav Tunes:
1.) Dystopia
2.) The Threat Is Real
3.) n/a
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#2/Revolver

Track List

  1. The Threat Is Real
  2. Dystopia
  3. Fatal Illusion
  4. Death From Within
  5. Bullet To the Brain
  6. Post American World
  7. Poisonous Shadows
  8. Look Who's Talking
  9. Conquer Or Die
  10. Lying In State
  11. The Emperor
  12. Last Dying Wish
  13. Foreign Policy
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