Megadeth Hard At Work On New Album

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Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson
Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson
Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson

I always look forward to a new Megadeth album, because you know you’re going to get some no-holds-barred epic guitar without having to sacrifice melody.

From the sounds of it, the next Megadeth album (which they are trying to complete recording by July 9) will be much heavier and faster than previous albums.

The album will consist of 12 songs, and Dave Mustaine told Guitar World that the music will be very fast and heavy, with songs that were written as recently as this morning, as well as song that were written toward the meager beginnings of Mustaine’s music career.

Dave Ellefson will be on the new album, and it sounds like they are getting along famously again – which is great news for those old school fans out there.

When asked about playing with Ellefson again, Mustaine told Guitar World:

… The guy’s great. He doesn’t make any mistakes. He’s just a well-rounded, mature individual. There were several times during the tour where I looked at him and said, “Who are you?” And I know he thought that was kind of funny, but truth was I really didn’t know who he was because he has turned into this amazing person and a smoking bass player. It’s the greatest thing ever and now we’re all getting along really well.

Chris Broderick
Chris Broderick

It will also be the second record with Chris Broderick.

When Guitar World asked Mustaine how he feeds off Brodericks style, he responded:

I think the smart-ass answer would be, he does all the work and I have all the fun. But that’s kind of backwards because I’m the one carrying the brunt of the rhythm responsibilities. Chris has a lot of really great abilities as a lead guitarist. I’m more of a utility player, where I play underneath. These days, when it’s time for a solo, I hold the bottom down while Chris plays lead, especially when there’s a difficult guitar rhythm on top, because that’s my strength.

If you want a little Megadeth before the album comes out, they will be at the Big 4 show with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer, on September 14th.

You can read the full interview with Mustaine in the August Issue of Guitar World Magazine.

As always, you can get the latest Megadeth info on their site.

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