The World Needs a Hero

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The World Needs a Hero is the ninth studio album by American heavy metal band Megadeth, released in 2001. It marks a stylistic transition back to the band's thrash metal roots after the commercial hard rock style of their previous four albums (Countdown to Extinction, Youthanasia, Cryptic Writings and Risk). The album still retains much of the commercial feel from previous albums as Mustaine claims the album was like "a ship lost at sea trying to return to its course".[1] It is the last studio album to feature drummer Jimmy DeGrasso and original bassist David Ellefson, as well as the only one to feature Al Pitrelli on lead guitar.

"Return to Hangar" is a sequel to the song "Hangar 18", found on the Rust in Peace.

Mustaine also dedicated the song "When" to all the nay-sayers on Megadeth's internet message board who spoke ill of him and the band after their recent attempts at commercial success (or, a "big fuck you to all the wishy-washy fans out there".) The main riff and structure of "When" is reminiscent of "Am I Evil?" by Diamond Head, which Mustaine has said was intentional, as a homage to Diamond Head and the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement[2].

The World Needs a Hero is the first Megadeth album since 1990's Rust in Peace to feature band mascot Vic Rattlehead on the front cover. Edited versions of the album put an adhesive bandage over the innards of Dave Mustaine from which Vic Rattlehead is seen emerging.

A single as well as a video was made out of the lead single, Moto Psycho. Dread and the Fugitive Mind was also released as a promo single as well as previous release Capitol Punishment and the following release Still Alive... and Well?. The track "1000 Times Goodbye" contains a similar but slightly different riff used in "Millennium of the Blind", a song found as a bonus track on the Youthanasia 2004 remaster.

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