Dystopia is the fifteenth studio album by Megadeth, released on January 22, 2016. The album, produced by Dave Mustaine and Chris Rakestraw, is the first by the band since 2004's The System Has Failed not to feature longtime drummer Shawn Drover and also the first not to feature guitarist Chris Broderick since 2009's Endgame. These roles have been filled by Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler and Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro, respectively.
In June 2013, Megadeth released its fourteenth studio album, Super Collider, to mixed critical reaction. In the months following the album's release, frontman and guitarist Dave Mustaine revealed that he and the rest of the band had already begun to discuss a follow-up, an urgency somewhat influenced by the then-recent death of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, which had reportedly given Mustaine a sense of mortality. Additionally, several hardships struck the band in 2014. The band was set to play the Soundwave Festival in Australia in February through to March but cancelled after a disagreement with promoter AJ Maddah. In May, Ellefson lost a brother to cancer, following which, the band cancelled a number of scheduled shows. On October 4, Mustaine's Alzheimer's-afflicted mother-in-law went missing from a campground. Her remains were discovered on November 26. Furthermore, drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick announced their resignations from the band that November. The pair would later emerge in a new band, Act of Defiance.Despite the departures, bassist David Ellefson announced that the band was still intent on starting work on the album in early 2015. Ellefson additionally suggested that the album would "help determine" Broderick and Drover's replacements.
While there was initial speculation that Mustaine and Ellefson might try to reunite the Rust in Peace-era lineup, there was initially no statement from the band on the matter. It later came to light that the band had in fact been in discussions with former members Nick Menza (drums) and Marty Friedman (guitar), but were unable to reach an agreement. During March 2015, several rock music news websites speculated that Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler would perform drums on the album, which was later confirmed by the band. It was also announced in the same month that Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro joined the band. Mustaine revealed a track listing for the then-untitled album on July 27 and announced the album was completed a month later.
A teaser launched in late September hinted that the song "Fatal Illusion" would be released as the album's first single on October 2. Mustaine had previously announced that a single accompanied with a video would premiere during the holidays. "The Threat is Real", the album's second single, was released for streaming on November 25. On January 7, 2016, the title track was released for streaming. A deluxe version of the album comes packaged with a virtual reality headset, which includes a code to download video of the band performing five songs from the album.
Dystopia has received generally positive reviews from critics. Commending the band's return to a more aggressive style.
Calum Slingerland of Exclaim! wrote:
Dystopia put the band back on track and started a new chapter in the band's storied career.
Sarah Rodman of The Boston Globe :
I like the combination of energetic riffs and cynical lyrics about the state of the world.
Loudwire's Chad Bowar :
Dystopia was a first-rate Megadeth album and praised the interplay between Mustaine and Loureiro.
A favorable review was posted on heavy metal news site Blabbermouth.net.Reviewer Ray Van Horn, Jr. proclaimed:
Dystopia isn't monumental, but it's a damned good (often magnificent) album. The entire foursome in this incarnation of Megadeth goes for the win and Dystopia readily scores.
Thom Jurek from AllMusic:
It's easy to appreciate the music on Dystopia; it showcases Mustaine and a crack new version of Megadeth at a creative peak.
Dom Lawson of The Guardian :
Absolutely blistering return to the style of past glories like Rust in Peace and Endgame.
The views allegedly expressed by Mustaine in the lyrics of several songs have been a point of criticism for the release. While J.J. Anselmi of The A.V. Club declared that the album features "masterful instrumentation," he complained about lyrics displaying Mustaine's "offensive politics" and "xenophobia,"a sentiment shared by Benjamin Aspray of Slant Magazine.
While it’s not on the same tier as the band’s classic material, Dystopia feels like a Megadeth album and is worthy of bearing the name — something that can’t be said for Super Collider and TH1RT3EN. It’s political without being overt, the production is strikingly heavy, and the good tracks outweigh the bad. 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.
Megadeth are mature thrashers ,Mustaine dont play speed thrash anymore but is still "Angry again".