The World Needs a Hero

Megadeth - The World Needs a Hero

The World Needs a Hero is the ninth studio album by American heavy metal band Megadeth released on May 15, 2001 in the United States, May 12 in Japan and May 14 in Europe. It is the first of two Megadeth studio albums released by Sanctuary Records. It was the last of two studio albums to feature drummer Jimmy DeGrasso as well as the only one to feature Al Pitrelli on lead guitar. It was the last album to feature original bassist Dave Ellefson until his return to Megadeth in 2010 and the following album, Thirteen. 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.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Disconnect" - 5:20
  2. "The World Needs a Hero" - 3:52
  3. "Moto Psycho" - 3:06
  4. "1000 Times Goodbye" - 6:25
  5. "Burning Bridges" - 5:20
  6. "Promises" - 4:28
  7. "Recipe for Hate... Warhorse" - 5:18
  8. "Losing My Senses" - 4:40
  9. "Dread and the Fugitive Mind" - 4:25
  10. "Silent Scorn" (instrumental) - 1:42
  11. "Return to Hangar" - 3:59
  12. "When" - 9:14


Additional performances and arrangement
  • Heather Keckler – spoken words on "The World Needs a Hero" and "1000 Times Goodbye"
  • Bob Findley – trumpet on "Silent Scorn"
  • Suzie Katayama – string arrangement on "Promises" and "Losing My Senses"
  • Produced by Dave Mustaine; Co-produced by Bill Kennedy
  • Mixed and engineered by Bill Kennedy
  • Assistant engineers – Mark Valentine, Lance Dean, Jay Goin, Greg Edenfield
  • Pro Tools – Chris Vrenna, Joe Bishara, James Murray, Sean Dever, Ken Mary, Lance Dean
  • Digital editing on "Moto Psycho", "The World Needs a Hero", and "1000 Times Goodbye" – Chris Vrenna
  • Mastered by Tom Jensen

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