Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Megadeth update new album plans

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is sharing an update on plans for the band’s sixteenth album.

The group, who began work on the follow-up to 2016’s “Dystopia” last November, were originally aiming for a 2019 release but the bassist says fans may need to wait a little longer for the project.

"We were obviously planning to do the Ozzy / Megadeth tour, and now that that's been pushed back to next year,” Ellefson tells WRIF Detroit’s Meltdown (hear audio below), ”in a way, probably opens up a perfect window for us to really get in now [and focus on the new album]. All things happen for a reason, so I think on the Megadeth schedule, it's probably maybe good timing, actually, to just go right in, and we're gonna definitely be really hunkering down now to get that going. Because we have some of our own shows in August that have been on the books — there's actually a few more coming in now — there's Rock In Rio, and that's early October, and then there's the MegaCruise.”

"As much as we were hoping to have a record out this year,” he continued, “looking at how the ‘Dystopia’ timeline was where we were working on it early in 2015, we started doing some shows later that year, we put out a heavy track, 'Fatal Illusion', and then the record dropped in early 2016.

“So, in this case, sometime probably early 2020 is my thought that that's probably when the record will be ready to come out."

“Dystopia” debuted at No.3 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release in 2016 while the album’s title track won the band their first-ever Grammy Award in the Best Metal Performance category at the 2017 event.

Last month, Megadeth released a greatest hits collection, “Warheads On Foreheads”; the anthology spans the group’s entire studio recording career, starting from their 1985 debut, "Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good."

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