Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Megadeth: Dave Mustaine updates new album progress

Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine is sharing an update on recording sessions for the band’s sixteenth album.

The veteran thrash outfit began work on the follow-up to 2016’s “Dystopia” last November, when the guitarist streamed some video footage from the first series of sessions for the project.

“Whenever I’ve been home, I’ve been working on new music from 10 in the morning to seven at night,” Mustaine tells Music Radar while on the road as part of the 2019 Experience Hendrix tour. “My co-producer Chris Rakestraw from the Dystopia team has been helping with pre-production on songs. I have about eight songs and there’s one which is just unanimously everyone’s favourite, which is great... I’m not saying there’s only one good song so far though, haha! Let’s just say whenever I have that first song everyone gets excited about, I know I’m on my way to another great record...

“We’re going to do 12 or 13 tracks this time. My contract says I’m only supposed to do eight songs a record and I just can’t do that - it feels like cheating. When I grew up listening to vinyl, it was a lot easier to buy a record and be happy with 45 minutes of music. When the digital world came, the paradigm changed - a musical offering needs a lot more. People aren’t satisfied and hit fast-forward a lot. So right now, we know we’re off to a good start; this new material is only going to get better and better.”

As part of their ongoing 35th anniversary celebrations, Megadeth will release a greatest hits collection, “Warheads On Foreheads”, on March 22; the anthology spans the group’s entire studio recording career, starting from their 1985 debut "Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good."

Megadeth are scheduled to join Ozzy Osbourne in late May to launch a summer tour of North America as part of the Black Sabbath rocker’s ongoing farewell trek.

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