Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine recently reached the subject of thrash metal fans and their willingness to accept different music genres, calling them predictably less open for variations and diversity.
When asked by the Illinois Entertainer to comment on some of the hate the group is getting for the rock-oriented "Super Collider" tunes, Mustaine said that a solid portion of today's thrash fans don't even know what the essence of thrash metal is.
"I think that thrash metal fans, when you label them as 'thrash metal fans,' of course they're not going to want to accept a rock track," the singer/guitarist said. "It has nothing to do with Megadeth or the greatness of the band and its music. Heavy is heavy. Look how heavy Black Sabbath is, and they're not fast. I think the fastest song they ever did was 'Neon Knights' with Ronnie James Dio. It's all relative, I guess."
After stressing that he is not looking to "play it safe and play the same record for 40 years like some of these old dinosaurs do," the frontman once again focused on the metal fans.
"The thing is, in the thrash metal community right now, a lot of these thrash metal fans, God bless 'em, what they think is thrash metal right now really isn't what thrash metal was back in the day," he said. "It wasn't about the tempo of the music, it was about what the music was about. It was the lyrical content, it was the energy of the song, it was the modality of the chord progressions."
Mustaine then remembered the early thrash days, saying, "There were a lot of bands that would just play one note and pedal super, super fast and barely have any movement, and those bands fell by the wayside. You had to have some artistic merit at some point, where the songs had melody, or people would just lump you in with all those other bands that sound the same. I mean, my God, I've been doing this 30 years, you think I would learn something."
The frontman was also asked about the impact politics had on his work, admitting that it severely infected the message of his music.
"I think what has happened is that politics and the liberal media have really infected my message with my music, and no matter what I say, how I say it, its going to be misinterpreted," Mustaine said. "So I think probably our time would be better if I answered some other questions."
He continued, saying, "I would love to talk politics with you, but our country is really in a very precarious position right now, in all the parties: Republican, Democratic, Independent, Green Party. You ask young people, they thought that Ron Paul was the answer, until he said that we're just like the Taliban. I ain't like the Taliban. I don't cut kids' heads off."
The current Megadeth release, "Super Collider," dropped on June 4 via Universal-powered label Tradecraft. After shipping 29,000 copies in the US within the first week, it landed on No.6 position of the Billboard 200 chart.