Megadeth Hoping To Release New Album In April, New Material May Have Blast Beats

During an interview with Mitch Lafon, Dave Mustaine said Megadeth are hoping to release their new album in April. He also added that drummer Dirk Verbeuren (ex-Soilwork) has been working on “mind-blowing” stuff with blast beats.

Mustaine said the following:

“We’ve been putting new music up in my Dropbox. And the stuff that Dirk’s been playing along to it is scary. We’ve never had any of those blast-beat kind of things in our music before.

“Some of the drumming on this is mind-blowing. It’s making me a better guitar player again, which I love. But I never thought we were gonna be playing this fast or this aggressive again.”

He also added the following about release plans and a big festival they have in the works:

“We’re hoping April of next year. We’ve got a huge festival that we’re gonna be announcing and I’ll have management tell you everything as soon as possible.

“It’s really a big deal. It’s kind of an equivalent of Gigantour, but it’s a much fresher idea. We’ve got that set up in about 10 cities in April. We’re gonna do that again for a three-day weekend in the middle of the year, and then we’re gonna do probably about another 10 of those dates at the latter part of the year.

“We’ve got a bunch of other really fantastic things that I wish I could tell you. We’ve got a cruise, like a ‘Murder Who Died’ kind of boot camp thing we’re gonna be doing over in Europe. And Pledge [Music] is gonna be in the studio with us again, and blah blah blah blah… So it’s a great day to be a Megadeth fan.”

[via Ultimate-Guitar]

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Arch Enemy’s Michael Amott Joins Megadeth Onstage At Hellfest

During Megadeth’s June 24 set at Hellfest in Clisson, France, the band were joined onstage by Arch Enemy’s Michael Amott. You can see footage of them performing “Symphony Of Destruction” below:

Watch “Hodor” From “Game Of Thrones” Jam With Megadeth

Kristian Nairn, aka “Hodor” from “Game Of Thrones,” got a chance to jam with Megadeth backstage and introduce them at Hellfest Open Air in Clisson, France. You can see footage of that below:

Hodor!!!! @kristiannairn #hellfest

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Megadeth Perform “The Conjuring” Live For First Time In 17 Years

During Megadeth’s June 12 show in Plzeň, Czech Republic, the band performed “The Conjuring” live for the first time in 17 years, and then played it again at tonight’s (June 13) show in Katowice, Poland. You can see footage from both concerts below. Dave Mustaine previously said he would never play the track again, due to its connections to black magic. However, he did say he was kind of reconsidering his decision back in 2016.

Megadeth Stream Remixed/Remastered Version Of “The Skull Beneath The Skin”

Megadeth are streaming “The Skull Beneath The Skin” from the deluxe, remixed and remastered edition of their 1985 album “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!” over at Billboard. The effort, which is titled “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good – The Final Kill,“ will be released on June 8. It has been remixed by Mark Lewis and remastered by Ted Jensen, and it will include the full album, along with live audio tracks from VHS tapes found in Dave Mustaine’s attic, the band’s 1984 three-track demo, and their cover of Lee Hazelwood‘s “These Boots” with recut vocals. It will also include revised artwork, new packaging with photos, flyers, etc. and new liner notes from Mustaine. Head to Billboard to stream “The Skull Beneath The Skin” and read an interview with Mustaine in which he touches on a variety of topics including Metallica’s shelved “No Life ‘Til Leather” reissue, which he doesn’t believe will be released.

Megadeth Announce Summer European/UK Tour

Megadeth have announced a summer European/UK tour. You can see the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

06/05 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
06/06 Malmo, SWE – Kulturbolaget
06/08 Hyvinkaa, FIN – Rockfest
06/10 Copenhagen, DEN – Royal Arena
06/12 Pilsen, CZE – HM Arena
06/13 Katowice, POL – Spodek
06/14 Vienna, AUT – Nova Rock Festival
06/16 London, UK – Stone Free Festival
06/18 Esh-Sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal Club
06/19 Freiburg, GER – Sick Arena
06/20 Mannheim, GER – Zeltfestival
06/22 Leipzig, GER – Matapaloz Festival
06/23 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/24 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
06/26 Zurich, SWI – Firepower 2018
06/28 Roma, ITA – Rock In Rome
06/30 Verona, ITA – Rock The Castle
07/02 Geneva, SWI – Post Tenebras Rock
07/04 Strasbourg, FRA – La Laiterie
07/06 Lyon, FRA – Le Transbordeur
07/07 Barcelona, SPA – Barcelona Rock Fest
07/08 Madrid, SPA – Wizink Center
07/10 Lisbon, POR – Estadio Municipal De Oeiras
07/13 Viveiro, SPA – Resurrection Fest

Watch Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Play A Surprise Acoustic Set For Fans Outside His Hotel In Mendoza, Argentina

While in Mendoza, Argentina, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine played an impromptu acoustic set on the steps of the Park Hyatt hotel where he was staying. Fans began waiting outside the hotel after a local media report revealed Mustaine was in the area, and the frontman decided to go out and give them a show.

[via Blabbermouth]