Make no mistake, the 2016 edition of Megadeth is a much changed beast. While Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick were much loved by the Megadeth fanbase, the introduction of Kiko Loureiro (Angra) and in particular Chris Adler (Lamb of God) has relit the fire in the band after the thoroughly damp squib that was the dreadful Super Collider.
From the outset Dystopia sets about erasing all memories of the last album, returning to the traditions of great opening songs on Megadeth albums with the punishing "The Threat Is Real". Dystopia's title track, Fatal Illusion with it's memorable rumbling basslines and Lie In State are all examples of Megadeth being back close to their very best. Even the cheesier moments such as Poisonous Shadows have huge merit so long as the listener doesn't take them too seriously.
Throughout Chris Adler thunders the drumkit like a man with six arms and four legs while Dave Mustaine seems to have found another notable six string partner in Kiko as they take turns ripping solos and riffs throughout. Megadeth once again sound like a band who mean business and, just importantly, who are enjoying themselves. MegaDave has done it again.