Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine discussed his ongoing musical evolution and the reasons why he's still going strong in the music world, naming desire and willingness to push boundaries as some of the key factors.
When asked by Classic Rock Revisited to give his opinion on the subject, Mustaine replied: "The alleyways of Hollywood are littered with guitarists who are better than I am. A lot of the people that are my contemporaries are better than I am. I think it is like that old saying says, 'The harder you work the luckier you get.' I love to play music."
The frontman explained further, "I think I am one of the few thrash metal guys who are brave enough to delve into melody. There is a certain push back from the heavy metal and thrash community when you start getting too melodic. Sometimes songs just tell you what they want. There are songs that you do that just have an awesome hook in them and that hook opens doors to other things."
The singer/guitarist then switched to specifically discuss the current Megadeth release "Super Collider."
"A lot of people did not like the title track because they thought it was too poppy but here's the thing," he said. "It is the first track for our new record label, which is a major label, they love the band and we showed them that, not only can we write commercial metal pop songs that people can't do anymore, because their either afraid, or they sound like they are hacking up a chicken bone; they just don't know how to do it."
Mustaine also touched on the subject of religion, naming spirituality as a crucial aspect of turning his life around.
"For me, I think that having that spiritual fulfillment is what has helped turn my life around," he said. "A lot of people confuse religion for spirituality. I heard it summed up real simple ... Religion is for people who are afraid of going to hell and spirituality is for people like me, who've been there."
The latest Megadeth record, "Super Collider," dropped on June 4 via Tradecraft, landing at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart with 29,000 copies sold in the US within the first week.