Dave Mustaine on 'Super Collider:' 'It's in Line With Who I Am as a Person'

The latest Megadeth record came from heart and not from the head, the frontman explains.

Dave Mustaine on 'Super Collider:' 'It's in Line With Who I Am as a Person'
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Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine recently discussed the sound of the group's latest effort "Super Collider," calling it in line with his own personality. During an interview with Loudwire, the frontman described the four-piece as "a metal band for the people, by the people," also reaching an interesting subject of singing the word "baby" for the first time in any Megadeth song. "I figured that I just need to write from my heart and not from my head anymore," Mustaine said. "My head gets in the game and I start thinking about, 'I like this, I don't like that and if you don't like this then I need to tell you what's going on. I know better because I watch the news on TV and you have no idea because you don't sit in a hotel room for 24 hours a day watching friggen news.'" Mustaine then pointed out the importance of getting back to the essence of Megadeth, saying, "I think just backing away from all that stuff and just getting back to what makes Megadeth 'Megadeth' it's a metal band for the people, by the people, of the people where we sing about what we have in common not about what I watch on the news and how mad it makes me. "It's not just politics," the frontman insisted. "I don't know if it's the dad in me or I got soft or you just get older and you have little lives depending on you. If the fans got to me and I started realizing, 'Hey you know what, you do influence these guys with your behavior and what you say,' but I kind of lost sight of that and I'm glad that I was able to make a record that is more in line with who I am as a person." While describing the experience of working with Disturbed singer David Draiman, Mustaine couldn't help noticing how the things he says are often meticulously tracked in order to be turned against him. "People are so obsessed with everything I say right now," he said, "trying to dissect it and turn it into something awful and so I was just taking a look at how I'm wording stuff." The singer/guitarist also stated that the new album's title track was actually written several years before and got left out. According to Mustaine, there were those who compared the song to such rock classics as the Who's "Baba O'Riley," or "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC. "The majority of the riffs in [the track] 'Super Collider' it's a very simple song, there's not a lot of stuff there, it was a file I had saved from several years before. I restructured the song a little bit and added a part to it and that's how the song ended up being. It was just one of those songs that had a vibe to it, it wasn't even that it was simple, after we finished 'Super Collider,' people were saying, 'Wow, it sounds like 'Teenage Wasteland' [the Who's 'Baba O'Riley']; it sounds like [AC/DC's] 'Highway to Hell;' sounds like [Van Halen's] 'Running With the Devil,'' and I was like, 'Well those songs don't suck.'" "Super Collider" dropped on June 4 via Mustaine's Universal-powered label Tradecraft. As the fourteenth studio effort in the Megadeth catalogue, it debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart with 29,000 units shipped in the US within the first week.

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    JGA_994
    First time singing the word 'baby' in any Megadeth song? "They killed my wife and my baby" "With hopes to enslave me" "First mistake, last mistake" Hmm... I don't think so
    Zaqq
    At least he used that word in its main meaning in "Holy Wars".
    qrEE
    Fine, he used the word baby. But he never used the word "bay-bay". Come to think of it, why would he want to?
    Muttonjoint
    Ha! Good point JGA_994. And anyways, who cares if he uses the word baby? Is that really such a terrible thing?
    N7Crazy
    "People are so obsessed with everything I say right now," he said, "trying to dissect it and turn it into something awful and so I was just taking a look at how I'm wording stuff." So... Dave Mustaine is reading the comments on UG articles about him...? ... Hi Dave!
    dvnitycker
    Is he calling the album a dick?
    AndyZ
    You did great job copying the top comment from Blabbermouth. Just like UG does great job copying the articles from Blabbermouth.
    brutalbl00d
    And now I'm down below And what do I see You didn't go to heaven Your down here with me And now coming back, Baby , take me, please! I really think I would If you weren't such a sleaze I loved you once before You kept me on a string I'd rather go without Than take what you would bring I loved you to deth False. He said baby also in "Last Rites/Loved to Deth"
    OJ12
    also in Holy Wars, but in that verse he refers to his child I think
    koencr
    if you listen to the album commentary he mentioned that song as well
    vppark2
    "The majority of the riffs in [the track] 'Super Collider' it's a very simple song, there's not a lot of stuff there, it was a file I had saved from several years before. I restructured the song a little bit and added a part to it and that's how the song ended up being. It was just one of those songs that had a vibe to it, it wasn't even that it was simple, after we finished 'Super Collider,' people were saying, 'Wow, it sounds like 'Teenage Wasteland' [the Who's 'Baba O'Riley']; it sounds like [AC/DC's] 'Highway to Hell;' sounds like [Van Halen's] 'Running With the Devil,'' and I was like, 'Well those songs don't suck.'" Too bad yours does, Dave.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Why? Because it's a different feel than you're used to?
    KingV911
    Unlike those songs it will be remembered by no one in the decades to come.
    Iommianity
    lol that argument doesn't even make sense in this context. It's not like Megadeth went out and recorded a free jazz record, or a hip hop mix tape. If people who hated it were simply allergic to hard rock or simple metal, why exactly would they listen to Megadeth in the first place? 'Different feel' = / = bad song.
    postmortem2006
    "It's in line with who I am as a person" So by that reckoning, Super Collider is a mouthy, ignorant preachy twat of a record? Yeah, that actually sounds about right.
    crazysam23_Atax
    You don't know who Dave has always been (unfortunately), do you? He started several feuds with bands in the past, onstage no less... I'd much rather have this kind of Dave than the Dave who used to insult Pantera onstage.
    qrEE
    I'd rather have the kind of Dave that wrote Rust in Peace. I don't care how his personality is as long as it doesn't show in the music. I don't want "CHEMTRAILS IS REAL!" to become the next Megadeth album. People dissect what he says because he says stupid things that have huge implications, none of which are good. Saying "chemtrails are a thing" says "I'm ignorant, stupid, fearful, and proud of it!"
    coco-axeman
    If this album is in line with you as a person, go back to the person you used to be. Please.
    Exelion
    I like Super Collider! Megadeth never sucks...
    shredder3386
    Super Collider didnt suck. It was just mediocre. I have already listened to it a few times, but I definitely cant see myself in two months saying "You know what I feel like listening to? Super Collider."
    Skwisgaar1996
    'It's in Line With Who I Am as a Person' So, it's repetitive and full of preachy nonsense?
    RetroGunslinger
    Im really liking Super Collider tbh. It may not be thrash, so obviously the fanboys will be pissed, but it reminds me a lot of Youthanasia which is no bad thing at all as far as Im concerned.
    KingV911
    Youthanasia is far superior. Better songwriting, production, musical passages, lyrics, solos. It's not a "fanboy" thing, it's a "quality" thing.
    Bubbles516
    I was disappointed that the album was in D standard - but thats just cause I have to tune down to play it.
    Crousah
    a certain mister (or should i say master?!) charles schuldiner would really disagree here...
    qrEE
    Crousah, that is the exact reason why every album my band ever releases will be in D standard, the greatest tuning ever invented.
    Medicineman
    Same hear . And for me D tuning is the best because its not too low or too high its the perfect pitch
    Muttonjoint
    There is no such thing as a tuning that is better or worse than another tuning. A composition written to be played in the tuning of D standard and in the tonality of D could have all of its properties (such as melodic and rhythmic contour, harmonic relationships, cadential structure, etc.) transposed to be played in any other tonality and still sound just as coherent as it had in its original key. Now that's not to say that a personal preference couldn't be a factor in why a musician or composer chose to use a particular tonality as a model of expression, but as far as a unifying factor of musical construction goes, the tunings aren't actually any better or worse than the others. Also, on a stringed instrument (such as the guitar), intervals smaller than a semitone are capable of being played which eliminates the restriction of equal temperament giving the possibility of using irregular temperaments which actually makes it where different tonalities possess different moods, and in that rare case, please disregard what I said in the above paragraph.
    Bubbles516
    Not that I dislike that tuning or bands that tune to D standard its just that most I play is in E and tuning the floyd down to play this album kills me, but its a great excuse to play some Death and Bodom!