Dave Mustaine: I Don't Have Any Enemies Anymore

In an interview with Australian website Faster Louder, Mustaine acknowledges how a changing attitude has helped with rebuilding bridges.

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Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine, once notorious for his heated feuds with former Metallica band mates James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, has turned a new leaf thanks to his experiences on the Big Four tour. In an interview with Australian website Faster Louder, Mustaine acknowledges how a changing attitude has helped with rebuilding bridges:

"The truth of the matter is, I caused a lot of problems over my career, I made a lot of enemies, and right now I don't really have any enemies anymore, because I've spent the latter part of my career being much more grateful for what I have. I have friends again in this business I never was friendless, but the people that mattered, I didn't have in my life any more. It's great to be able to pick up my phone and see a text message from Kerry [King] and it's great to be able to check my voice mail and have a voice mail from James [Hetfield] or Lars [Ulrich]."

The famed guitarist and vocalist also suggested that the band's follow up to 2008's Endgame could be even more aggressive than its predecessor: "I'm super super excited about getting ready to do this next record. It will be more like Endgame and maybe a little bit maybe sticking in that vein and going a little forward toward what I like."

Early this month, Mustaine revealed that five songs are almost completed for the new record in an online chat with the band's Cyber Army fan club. The band will once again be working with engineer, Ken Eisennagel, who previously worked on the pre-production phases for 2009's "Endgame" and 2007's "United Abominations".

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    jesse1994
    This new album is gonna ****ing rock. I would love it if they we're to have slash as a guest on guitar
    jfreyvogel
    oTOOLo wrote: u obviously don't know talent Dave Mustaine is the most amazing guitarist in metal
    ... what?
    oTOOLo
    oTOOLo wrote: nigeltheginger wrote: Slash is even worse than Dave, the only reason he would get invited on is so that Dave isn't the worst guitarist on the album
    soz accidently clicked post u obviously don't know talent Dave Mustaine is the most amazing guitarist in metal
    oTOOLo
    nigeltheginger wrote: Slash is even worse than Dave, the only reason he would get invited on is so that Dave isn't the worst guitarist on the album
    ExOblivione
    In other news, Dave and his Ego have reached an agreement, and it will finally be included as an official band member.
    thePTOD
    Ghefly wrote: Finally, Dave Mustaine grew the **** up.
    This. I'm no megadeth fan, or hardcore megadeth hater because I like metallica, but countless interviews and people have told me that Dave is, or used to be, one big D-bag. Maybe now I'll be listening to some Megadeth! Hope their new album goes great.
    jimishred
    thats good,now if he will be happy with the rest of the big 4 and do a world tour then retire/hitus ill be happy!!
    Thomasg2488
    loaded_ wrote: Why is everyone posting about Slash on a Dave Mustaine article? Damn UG. Just give it a rest and if you really want to talk shit about Slash, this is not the right place to do it. However, Slash may not have exceptional skill on a technical level but there is more to a great guitarist than just technique.
    Exactly!! There's a difference between techincal skill and feeling the guitar. Slash can play metal to an extent, proven on some songs he's made but he is a rock n roll guitarist at heart and is more blues influenced. Whoever posted they wanted him on this new record is a moron. He doesn't fit in period. If you wanted to talk about overrated, then talk about a metal guitarist.
    T3HM3T4L
    supreme_creator wrote: ReasonableRam wrote: TheOzzmanCometh wrote: Slash is a sellout? Dave Mustaine is WAY more a ****ing sellout than slash. I think you need to revisit some Music History lol I think you forgot to watch Dave's biography and how he begun to make a little more pop albums after "Rust in Peace" just to beat Metallica Sellings. As you can hear, every Megadeth's album turned more and more soft until he got to "Risk".
    There's a difference between selling out for the bucks and trying to reach for a larger crowd to try and beat the guys that left you to rot. Sure, not like THAT's positive but they are two distinctive things.
    apm505
    Saw Megadeth in Baltimore in a little over a month ago. Megadeth is lame. They're hardly better than a hair metal band. Megadeth fans are also lame, all looked like they got good beatings in high school. Slayer though still cool, actually heavy.
    edgeyyz
    It's great that they're all getting along well and enjoying each others' company (or at least, that's what appears to be happening). Hopefully this will help push out a Big 4 World Tour of astronomical proportions!
    metalheadsmith
    CHRIS BRODERICK is 100x the player that slash will ever be, i like slash, but he has his own thing. Show some respect to Broderick, hes fn badass
    espChris93
    Why'd they cut the interview short? They left out my favorite section of /mustaine interviews, "wait hold on, did you guys know I was in Metallica. Yeah well I was and I've written every song they've ever played. I'm the best thrash guitarist of all time.... of all TIME."
    WiZoRZ
    the funny thing is that the word slash isn't even once in this text, 1 comment and EVERY SINGLE comment is about slash haha
    WheredMyRockGo?
    05McDonaldT wrote: jorge-fg wrote: jesse1994 wrote: This new album is gonna ****ing rock. I would love it if they we're to have slash as a guest on guitar Fuck Slash, he doesnt play a shit, he is just a sold out guitarrist and he doesnt have nothing to do with megadeth or thrash metal, **** slash! I believe Slash referred to Endgame as "Killer", there's every possibility that he could play with Megadeth, however I completely agree that he is overrated
    saying slash is overrated must just be the cool thing to do these days. i completely disagree though. i dont believe anyones said that he's the best technical guitarist ever but the fact that his music is recognizable worldwide has to count for something. In my opinion he's one of the best solo writers around. his solos have feeling and passion to them which is different from the typical metal shred. do i think he's better than say joe satriani? absolutely not. but i do find his music more enjoyable to listen to then joe's.
    lethaldosage45
    OMG! SERIOUSLY! Everything on this website turns into SLASH! Just stop already. The article is about Megadeth and you have turned into a debate about Slash. He isn't even mentioned in the article. Now all of the comments are about how everyone loves Slash and Megadeth...
    j-falafel
    Only on UG can an article about Megadeth cause people to argue about Slash. sigh...
    This is true, FUCK. When will people learn to just shut up and deal with the fact that Slash isnt that great, and just stop arguing about him?? ITS SO BORING NOW
    ReasonableRam
    TheOzzmanCometh wrote: Slash is a sellout? Dave Mustaine is WAY more a ****ing sellout than slash.
    I think you need to revisit some Music History lol
    Nameless742
    Slash: This is the care cup (_). It's empty. Mustaine being a twat or not doesn't make any difference to Megadeth being awesome.
    supreme_creator
    I'ts good for me to know that Dave is happy now. I hope that he won't lose that competitive anger, that definitely moved him to make good music
    Vedicardi
    He forgot about one certain guitar player that played a certain album that still hates him
    supreme_creator
    ReasonableRam wrote: TheOzzmanCometh wrote: Slash is a sellout? Dave Mustaine is WAY more a ****ing sellout than slash. I think you need to revisit some Music History lol
    I think you forgot to watch Dave's biography and how he begun to make a little more pop albums after "Rust in Peace" just to beat Metallica Sellings. As you can hear, every Megadeth's album turned more and more soft until he got to "Risk".
    Lethal Dosage
    Nova178 wrote: Slash is easy overrated. The only reason Megadeth would allow him to play with them is to show just how bad he is compared to real guitarists. I can't wait for Megadeth's new album though. If it's anything like Endgame it'll be great
    Whos on your list of great guitarists then kirk hammett I bet and a bunch of mediocre death metal guitarists. (I enjoy metal but just making a point not saying people who play it have no talent.)
    Lethal Dosage
    Slash is a good blues/rock guitarist is he a steve vai? No but thats not the style or music he plays, to me hes got a lot of emotion to his playing that I enjoy.
    syco0451
    carlos_almighty wrote: jorge-fg wrote: jesse1994 wrote: This new album is gonna ****ing rock. I would love it if they we're to have slash as a guest on guitar Fuck Slash, he doesnt play a shit, he is just a sold out guitarrist and he doesnt have nothing to do with megadeth or thrash metal, **** slash! yeah, cause being popular totally means you sold out. i'm a big fan of Megadeth and Slash (GN'R, VR, solo), but i don't think he'd quite fit in with Megadeth's music.
    u know that he did write a riff for megadeth, 'Skin o My Teeth'
    syco0451
    carlos_almighty wrote: jorge-fg wrote: jesse1994 wrote: This new album is gonna ****ing rock. I would love it if they we're to have slash as a guest on guitar Fuck Slash, he doesnt play a shit, he is just a sold out guitarrist and he doesnt have nothing to do with megadeth or thrash metal, **** slash! yeah, cause being popular totally means you sold out. i'm a big fan of Megadeth and Slash (GN'R, VR, solo), but i don't think he'd quite fit in with Megadeth's music.
    He did write a riff for megadeth megadeth - skin o my teeth
    strat07
    syco0451 wrote: carlos_almighty wrote: jorge-fg wrote: jesse1994 wrote: This new album is gonna ****ing rock. I would love it if they we're to have slash as a guest on guitar Fuck Slash, he doesnt play a shit, he is just a sold out guitarrist and he doesnt have nothing to do with megadeth or thrash metal, **** slash! yeah, cause being popular totally means you sold out. i'm a big fan of Megadeth and Slash (GN'R, VR, solo), but i don't think he'd quite fit in with Megadeth's music. He did write a riff for megadeth megadeth - skin o my teeth
    and i totaly dislike it Fuck slash
    Jmoarguitar
    I happen to love Slash and his playing, i don't think he's the greatest ever, though many people do, and i'm cool with that. I like to think john frusciante is. Being on topic Dave really turned his life around, and i expect to hear something along the lines of Black Friday on this new album, that being my fav Megadeth song
    blommen
    as much as i like Slash and respect his talent, i don't think he would fit in on a Megadeth record. I really hope they make the next record faster than Endgame, not that i didn't enjoy it, but in my mind Megadeth has always been at their best when they are above 200 bpm.
    pazma
    ho, and another thing: if the redhead masteriff says he's okay than his okay!
    OXL
    Axeman96 wrote: Who says the only way to play guitar is to play as technically challenging songs or solos as possible? Does this mean all blues players suck, Slash plays with a lot of feel and is one of the best guitarists at it. Do me a break and grow up.
    Please tell me you weren't born in 96.....l
    Axeman96
    Who says the only way to play guitar is to play as technically challenging songs or solos as possible? Does this mean all blues players suck, Slash plays with a lot of feel and is one of the best guitarists at it. Do me a break and grow up.
    OXL
    ryaniomitch wrote: haha i love the fact that slash gets talked about everywhere! haha he's amazing. he may not be the most technical in the world, but he writes good music, not for everyone but then again nothing is for everyone. slash used to play with dave for a bit and dave offered him a place in megadeth but slash declined because their playing styles clashed too much. he's done far more than everyone on this site so if you cant match him then keep it shut
    So what you're saying is that you can only discuss an artist if you can match him/her in terms of popularity? That's a pretty stupid thing to say. I like slash, I like GNR and I like Megadeth but still, if people have an opinion about any of those bands that differs from mine it's their bloody good right.
    ryanbu
    carlos_almighty wrote: jorge-fg wrote: jesse1994 wrote: This new album is gonna ****ing rock. I would love it if they we're to have slash as a guest on guitar Fuck Slash, he doesnt play a shit, he is just a sold out guitarrist and he doesnt have nothing to do with megadeth or thrash metal, **** slash! yeah, cause being popular totally means you sold out.
    That big can of monster energy in his video means he sold out dickhead.
    Dizzy Lea
    Uh-oh. Don't butcher me for this, but I thought Endgame was VASTLY overrated (a shame, since I f*cking LOVED United Abominations). Not sure how I feel about that last bit. Still, pleasant article.
    DemonicMuffin10
    See Megadeth and Metallica have resolved their issues. Me being a hardcore Metallica fan, think that all we need are for the fans to grow up and stop their back and forth BS battles. It gets really annoying..honestly. BS others who talk down on metal not our own kind.
    oTOOLo
    shut the **** up about Slash. Him and Dave play different genres and have different styles of playing but it doesn't mean their enemies or anything....
    Nirvana00125
    pazma wrote: a word to the slash opposers: he's got this signature sound that only few guitarists had (has?! have?! ass?? f**kin' english grammer )ever achived. knofler, may and gilmour (just to name a few)- you know... the guys that can express by a note what other wankers cannot capture through a whole album. you dont have to like his playing, yet you cannot take it from him. he is far from being a great technical virtuoso, his sloppy, he got fat and he use to wear tights, yet bigger than all the 'vais' and 'satrianies' will ever be. he is a guitar hero of the ppl, not players. as much as like those, i prefer the first kind. ... you can crucify me for the contents. as for bad spelling or bad english, well... don't be jerks.
    But he's not even that good. he's skilled in multiple genres which is good when comparing to like...alternative guitarists....but even then there's some better ones(Billy Corgan, Radiohead(since almost everyone in that band plays guitar)) but all he does is play either the same blues riffs and solos in every song or some "metalish" stuff with VR which just sucks in general.
    Nirvana00125
    mr. ... wrote: Dave Mustaine: I Don't Have Any Enemies Anymore Except for kids with laser pointers.
    i lol'd. hard.
    Fuzzbox91
    Kickass!!! i thought Endgame was pretty good but the poppy songs kind of threw me off, if he makes the new one MORE agressive then im going to love it!
    ReasonableRam
    oTOOLo wrote: oTOOLo wrote: nigeltheginger wrote: Slash is even worse than Dave, the only reason he would get invited on is so that Dave isn't the worst guitarist on the album soz accidently clicked post u obviously don't know talent Dave Mustaine is the most amazing guitarist in metal
    without question. People that have actually PLAYED guitar for MORE THAN A YEAR will know that as fact.