David Ellefson Says Megadeth’s New Album Will Probably Be Released In Early 2020

During a recent interview with Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF, David Ellefson offered an update on the new Megadeth album. According to him, the effort will probably be released in early 2020.

Ellefson said the following:

“We shut down pretty much the end of 2017, was when we wrapped up in South America. And then the intention was 2018 would be writing a new album. Probably our biggest challenge is we don’t live in the same cities — Kiko and Dirk are in L.A.; I’m in Scottsdale; Dave’s over in Nashville. Nashville is kind of the creative hub of our operation, where we rehearse and we do everything. We did only about eight weeks of shows last year that kind of came up — Europe and Mexico and stuff. But it’s funny, we have a Dropbox folder that we all access. But it’s organized well, where we keep track of what people are putting in there and contributing.”

“We were obviously planning to do the Ozzy – MEGADETH tour, and now that that’s been pushed back to next year, in a way, probably opens up a perfect window for us to really get in now [and work on the new record]. 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, 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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Suicidal Tendencies, Death Angel, & Mecanix Added To Megadeth’s Megacruise

Suicidal Tendencies, Death Angel, and Mecanix (Megadeth tribute) have all been added to Megadeth’s inaugural Megacruise. The Norwegian Jewel will set sail from Los Angeles, CA on October 13, 2019 and it will hit ports in San Diego, CA and Ensenada, Mexico before returning on October 18, 2019. Previously announced acts include: Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Queensrÿche, DragonForce, Overkill, Corrosion Of Conformity, DevilDriver, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, Doro, Armored Saint, Sacred Reich, John 5, Metal Church, Danko Jones, Beasto Blanco, Toothgrinder, and Metalachi. In addition to the various performances, the cruise will also feature artist photo experiences, Q&As, beer tasting, music clinics, morning coffee jams, a charity auction, special theme nights, a cornhole tournament, Megadeth themed events, etc.

Dave Mustaine Says He Has “About Eight Songs” Written For Megadeth’s New Album

During a recent interview with Music Radar, Dave Mustaine revealed that he currently has “about eight songs” written for the next Megadeth album. The frontman also added that the final effort will have about “12 or 13 tracks.”

Mustaine said the following:

Whenever I’ve been home, I’ve been working on new music from 10 in the morning to seven at night. 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 favorite, 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…

Megadeth Team Up With Heavy Metal For “Death By Design” 35th Anniversary Graphic Novel

Megadeth have announced that they will be releasing a 350-page graphic anthology titled “Death By Design.” The book, which was curated by Dave Mustaine and Heavy Metal, will be available in four different editions at comic stores on June 5 and it will feature various stories inspired by songs on the group’s new greatest hits compilation “Warheads On Foreheads” (out March 22).

Mustaine commented:

“I have always fantasized about Megadeth doing something this gloriously electrifying and gruesome. I hope everyone will enjoy the graphic novel as much as I enjoyed working with Heavy Metal to put it together for you.”

Jeff Krelitz, CEO of Heavy Metal, added:

“Since I was old enough to buy records, Megadeth has been one of my favorite bands, not only for the great storytelling in the music, but the world building imagery on the album covers. This opportunity to meld the two worlds together and tell stories inspired by their songs is a privilege that we are excited to present to the fans.”

Songs, Writers, & Artists:

* “Rattlehead”: Dan Fogler & Andy Belanger
* “Mechanix”: Ben Meares & DAF
* “Killing Is My Business”: Alex de Campi & Mack Chater
* “The Conjuring”: Llexi Leon & Kevin West
* “Wake Up Dead”: Tony Lee & Gyula Nemeth
* “Devils Island”: Sebastian Girmer & Esau Escorza
* “Good Mourning / Black Friday”: Leah Moore, John Reppion & Ben Templesmith
* “Set The World Afire”: Diego Agrimbau & Agustín Alessio
* “In My Darkest Hour”: David Baille & Conor Boyle
* “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”: Tim Seeley & Ignacio Calero
* “Hangar 18”: Brendon Small & Belén Ortega
* “Tornado Of Souls”: Patrick Kindlon & Marco Turini
* “Rust In Peace…Polaris”: Hector Lima & Garrie Gastonny
* “Five Magics”: Johnathan LaMantia
* “Take No Prisoners”: ML Miller & Carlos Granda
* “Skin O’ My Teeth”: PM Buchan & John Pearson
* “Angry Again”: Homero Rios & Anton Kokarev
* “Symphony Of Destruction”: Justin Jordan & John Bivens
* “Sweating Bullets”: Sean Lewis & Axel Medellin
* “A Tout Le Monde”: Llexi Leon & Richard Friend
* “Train Of Consequences”: James Harvey
* “Reckoning Day”: Jeff Burandt & Jason Gongour
* “Trust”: Frazer Irving
* “She-Wolf”: Curtis Pires & Antonio Fuso
* “Wanderlust”: Abraham Martínez & Patricio Delpeche
* “Dread and the Fugitive Mind”: Jonathan Land & Andrea Mutti
* “Blackmail The Universe”: Haylar García & Abel
* “Washington Is Next!”: Haylar García & Kevin Enhart
* “Head Crusher”: R.G. Llarena & Danijel Zezelj
* “Public Enemy No. 1”: John Ostrander & Miguel Mora
* “Kingmaker”: Brian Wood & Riccardo Burchielli
* “The Threat Is Real”: Joe Keatinge & Anand Radhakrishnan
* “Poisonous Shadows”: Chistine Larsen
* “Death From Within”: Alex de Campi & Wilfredo Torres
* “Dystopia”: David Baille & Simeon Aston

[via Blabbermouth]

Dave Mustaine Says He Once Asked Dimebag Darrell To Join Megadeth

During a recent interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Dave Mustaine revealed that he actually contacted Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) about joining Megadeth in the late 80’s. However, things didn’t end up working out because Mustaine had just hired drummer Nick Menza and the guitarist said he would only join if his brother Vinnie Paul (Pantera) could join too.

Here’s an exchange from the interview:

Were you and Dimebag Darrell into each other’s gear? Did you have different philosophies on the instruments you played?

“I did not. He may have, because he was a better guitar player than I am, and he was much more into that stuff. Being a bandleader/guitar player/rhythm player/lead player/blah blah blah, I don’t have the availability to spend as much time working on my solos as I’d like to. But I’m also very satiated with what I’ve done with my career.

“And with Darrell, when you look at his playing, he’s a monster. He’s one of those guys that in trios, with the bottom dropping out, he was really able to keep that going. Of course, on the studio releases, there was an additional track going, but live, that’s the real litmus test, right? And he was a spectacle to watch.

“I actually called him up and asked him to play in Megadeth. Fate would have completely changed if I would have called him before I called Nick Menza. I said, ‘Hey, Darrell, I’m looking for a guitar player.’ And he goes, ‘Can I bring my brother?’ And I went, ‘Who’s your brother?’ He goes, ‘Vinnie Paul! Don’t you know Vinnie Paul?’ He wanted to bring his brother and have him play with us, and I go, ‘Oh, man, I just hired Nick Menza.’ Can you imagine what Vinnie and Darrell would have been with me and Junior [David Ellefson]? Would’ve been pretty cool.”

“Dystopia” Era Action Figure Of Megadeth’s Vic Rattlehead In The Works

NECA previously announced a 8″ clothed “Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?” era action figure of Megadeth’s Vic Rattlehead and now it appears they are working on a “Dystopia” one as well. The company showed off the collectible at the 2019 American International Toy Fair in New York City and Toy Ark shared the below photo of it:

[via The PRP]

Ghost, Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, & Motörhead Action Figures In The Works

Super7 recently released an action figure of the minotaur from Slayer‘s “Show No Mercy“ cover and now it seems they have even more metal toys coming to their ReAction figures line. While at the North American Int’l. Toy Fair in New York, the company revealed that they are working on new figures of Ghost‘s Papa Emeritus, Megadeth‘s “Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?” era Vic Rattlehead, Ozzy Osbourne‘s “Bark At The Moon” werewolf, and Motörhead‘s War Pig.

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It's gonna be a super SPRING 2019 with Super7: Direct from @toyfair_ny we're happy to reveal the new releases that are coming out right after this awful Winter ends! First off, Masters of the Universe fans we'll be unleashing the latest 7-inch MOTU Classics Figures with the (OMG!!) William Stout Collection! Then we'll also have new additions to our 3.75-inch ReAction Figures with the classic 80’s movies Breakin' (!) and Teen Wolf and continue our Heavy Metal assortment with Ghost (Papa Emeritus III), Motörhead (War-Pig), Megadeth (Vic Rattlehead), and Ozzy Osbourne (Bark At The Moon).🤘🏻We’ll also be dropping Wave 5 of the Masters of the Universe ReAction series. Also coming out this Spring will be brand new 1.75-inch Keshi releases with a rad Toxic Crusaders Trash Can assortment and a Universal Monsters Keshi blind box assortment. Please note that some of the figures shown here are prototypes with placeholder packaging and don't represent what the final figures will look like. So don't freak out, okay? We will be formally announcing details about all of this new stuff in the next couple of months… but until then Spring cannot come soon enough, right!? If you’re at Toy Fair we’re in Booth 5382. #nytf2019 #nytf #newyorktoyfair #newreleases #ghostband #motorhead #ozzy #megadeth #breakdancing #toxiccrusaders #universalmonsters #keshi #reactionfigures #super7

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[via The PRP]