Dave Mustaine Talks New Megadeth Album, Compares New Song to 'Holy Wars'

Frontman also talks "130 song ideas," chances of another Big Four tour and more.

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Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine recently discussed the band's new song "Why We Lie to You," structurally comparing it to classic track "Holy Wars ... the Punishment Due."

Chatting with Kaaos TV, Dave kicked off the interview by focusing on 130 song ideas he reportedly has in the bag, pointing out that ideas are merely parts or riffs, not entire tracks.

"I found over the years the Megadeth songs that had more twists and turn to them make me happier," he said (via Blabbermouth). "When you're looking back at somebody's career that's been as long as ours - over 30 years - it leaves a pretty good roadmap; you can see how bands change and evolve and stuff."

Discussing the overall approach, Mustaine added, "For me, I think that not worrying about radio, not worrying about movies, not worrying about video games anymore, just playing music that I wanna listen to, that, to me, will make me much happier."

Explaining how the construction of songs tends to be unpredictable for Megadeth, Dave reached the mentioned comparison. "Sometimes, for us, we'll have song like 'Holy Wars,' which, people forget, is 'Holy Wars ... the Punishment Due,' there's two songs there. 'Holy Wars' isn't just one song all the way through. And I think that's the beauty of some of the songs on this new record," he said.

"There's one song that we just finished called 'Why We Lie to You,' and it's like that; it gets about half way through the song and then changes direction and goes real hardcore."

Switching to the general vibe of new 'Deth material, Dave couldn't say that things are set in stone, as the approach tends to drift in different directions. "We're so at the front end of it. I know what I wanna do," he stated.

"But I've said that over and over and over, every time, 'It's gonna be heavy,' 'It's gonna be fast,' and then it turns out [that] it's not. Because you get into the studio and the people that you're working with, they'll say, 'Well, this is a good song.' 'Let's do this.' 'Speed this up, slow this down, make this longer.' And what I say to you today can totally change. It's like saying, 'I wanna have a kid,' and then you end up having triplets. It's totally unexpected what's gonna come out," the musician added.

Finally, Dave touched on the matter of another Big Four tour, giving pros and cons of organizing another mammoth trek. Explaining how he's always open to the idea, the frontman noted, "There's a lot of variables, though... You have all these different camps with the 'Big Four.'

"I think that it would be great to do it some more, but there's also the beauty of it being something special and not doing it everywhere, because the people that did get to see it got to see something really fantastic. You know, if meteors came by every single night, after a while, it'd be, like, 'Oh, there's another meteor.' There's something special about it being very rare. So I would, but it also has to work out for everybody," he concluded.

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    I'd cream my pants if it was true but since he said that Super Collider would be some of their darkest stuff I'll just wait and see..
    My thoughts exactly. I'm getting tired of his overhyping of Megadeth albums. He says that he's getting more and more into weird song structures, but I have yet to see a 21st century Megadeth song that is as twisted as Set the World Afire, Five Magics or Good Mourning/Black Friday.
    It´s probably not going to sound like Rust in Piece, but it does seem like he´s doing something a bit more complex this time, which is very welcome.
    I really hope he's right, because last time he said Super Collider would be like the darker old stuff... Does this mean that the new song is actually totally incomplex and basically a Megadeth punk song?
    Every time is the same. When a new Megadeth's album is about to come out, Dave says that it will be, heavier, faster, darker like the old stuff... and when the fans react negative to the album he defends saying that doesnt want to look back and is not interested on making another RIP or PSBWB... just you wait and see.
    Every musician and band needs to expand, but I hope we get to hear some new material that reminds of the old. He has to get it right this time!
    And yet we'll most likely get nothing but songs that are no better than Super Collider....