Dave Ellefson: Chris Adler Played a Big Role in Megadeth Returning to Thrash Sound

"You can't be the band you were on your debut record, and you're not even gonna be the band you were on your last record."

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Dave Ellefson: Chris Adler Played a Big Role in Megadeth Returning to Thrash Sound
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Bassist David Ellefson credited Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler as a big influence in Megadeth returning to their roots with latest album "Dystopia," telling Straus Project (via Blabbermouth):

"I think the trick with 'Dystopia' was sort of fine-tuning it and bringing all those elements together.

"Because you can't be the band you were on your debut record, and you're not even gonna be the band you were on your last record, because life moves forward and development happen.

"And Chris Adler was a big part of helping 'Dystopia' get focused.

"And Kiko [Loureiro] coming in brought that... Megadeth's always had two - Dave [Mustaine] and then this other juxtaposed guitar player, and I think Kiko really complemented that well. And live, Kiko's an incredible performer as well."

Ellefson also noted about "Dystopia":

"We probably worked on it for almost a year before we recorded it. And it took another six months or so, probably, to cut the record.

"It went through a lot of transitional things to get it to just kind of boil it down to the essence of what it really is. And I think what fans are happy about is they like to hear us being this Megadeth that they grew up with.

"We've done a lot of different things in our career. We're a band that can write really intricate riffs, we're a band who can write great choruses and hooks."

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7 comments sorted by best / new / date

    entrail_soup
    Megadeth is just a great band in general.  Every album is unique.  We aren't all going to like everything all of the time but as a fan I'm just grateful to have amazing music to listen to spanning decades and genres.  
    xeper9
    Dystopia is an awesome album and it's inspiring to see a 30+ year old band rise up to the challenge and actually get heavier, angrier and more progressive. 
    farcry
    They did get more progressive but Endgame and United Abominations are way heavier. Not that it matters
    farcry
    I just wish the lyrics weren't so dumb. From poetic beautiful songs like Tout la Monde and Symphony of Destruction I don't like their newer stuff. Subtlety goes a long way.