Megadeth Possibly Joining Forces With 'Countdown to Extinction' Producer on New Album, Mustaine Confirms

"I can't say anything right now, but we have this massive thing coming up in 2015 that's just so outrageous," the frontman adds.

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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine suggested that the band might once again team up with producer Max Norman, known for his production work on such classic efforts as "Countdown to Extinction," "Youthanasia," as well as mixing and engineering he did on "Rust in Peace."

The band already gave a strong indication that they'll continue with the same aggressive work pace and start working on the new album as soon as possible, but the latest announcement from Dave might really shake things up a bit.

Chatting with Full Metal Jackie (via Loudwire), Mustaine noted, "Well, we have already started the process of listening to licks and talking to people about working. The funny thing is, I'm not a big believer in coincidence. I think it's people's way of saying that there's no powers greater than us that help plan out our life. I totally believe in destiny.

"We just got done doing the Vevo acoustic performance a while ago and some lady walks by and goes, 'Hey, Max Norman says hi,' as the elevator door closes. I stuck my hand in the door and said, 'What did you say?' 'Max Norman says hi.' 'Max Norman? Max Norman Norman?' 'Yeah.' 'Wow. Really?' We kind of hadn't spoken in... Jesus, forever. So I call him up and asked him what he was doing.

"He had gotten out of making records and he's back into making records and I thought, 'I wonder what it would be like to maybe try one song with this guy and see if we can catch lightning twice,'" the frontman continued. "It's just neat to be in that position where you can do stuff like this."

However, things are far from set in stone at the moment. Directly asked on whether Max will produce the full album, Dave replied, "No. At this point right now I'd say definitive I don't know because we don't know. We don't even know when it's going to happen. I do know that I have tremendous respect for Max.

At this point, Mustaine confirmed definite involvement of another prominent producer - Cameron Webb. "I know Cameron Webb is going to be involved with the record for sure," he said.

"But I'm a capable record producer and I know if I did it solely with Cameron as much as he did the last record - he was one of Johnny K's guys," Mustaine continued. "Johnny had some stuff he had to do and Cameron filled in for him really well. We made a great team. I'd like to have Max try some stuff, but if it ain't right, it ain't right. Hard to think that something that Max would do wouldn't be right but, times are a little different. Sometimes people grow apart. I'm hopeful and optimistic."

Pointing out that he has too many riffs stacked up to use in this lifetime, Dave ended the chat with a cliff hanger. "You are going to die when you hear this other news I've got. I can't say anything right now, but we have this massive thing coming up in 2015 that's just so outrageous," he concluded.

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    I'd love to see how that turns out actually, a new Rust In Peace would be awesome but I'd be happy with something like Endgame.
    While he's at it, he should call up the other Chris (Poland) and see if he's still busy with the OHM/OHMphrey thing - maybe do some more guest solo spots like on TSHF.
    No Marty Friedman = No Rust In Peace
    While Marty remains my favourite Megadeth guitarist, I really liked Chris' lead work on Endgame. I think if the songs are solid he'll bring a good performance
    Agreed. While the only word that comes to mind when beginning to describe Marty is epic, there's definitely no shortage of talent in Megadeth right now. All they need is a little direction.
    completely agree, megadeth has definitely put themselves on a creative leash these past 2 albums since a great record like super collider, they just need to go out and produce some kickass thrash again to show they still got it
    in my defense i meant to say endgame dont downvote to fast..... great album like endgame***
    I know this much, Max Norman produced the Ozzy album Diary of a Madman and his production brought that album alive. Very creative producer at the controls.
    Lee Makky
    Lets be honest, its the band that makes the songs not the producer. They could team up with whoever they like, but there new songs wont sound any different with a different producer.
    Is that why most Andy Sneap productions sounds so similar? :p
    The production on the last couple of Megadeth albums is poor and Max Norman will improve this immensely. Regardless of the quality of the songs. Megadeth need someone like Ralph santolla playing leads in my opinion.
    While this is somewhat true, the producer has a big say in what sound the band should go for. For instance: Metallica's Black Album. Say what you will about the change in direction, but Bob Rock smelled success and he was more right than he knew.
    the band makes songs not the producer? Are you insane? do you really think the new sabbath record would've sounded anything close to how it did without Rick Rubin. Bands need that extra person with the unbiased opinion. also look at the list of albums Rubin has done, success after success after success, is that just luck is it? I call that being a sick producer.
    actually wrong although the band has to make the music, the producer plays a big role in how the outcome sounds..
    he confirmed that possibly? how can you confirm possibly?! it either is confirmed or it ****ing isn't change that ridiculous title
    I just hope this guy fixes some of the things that have been meh on the latest records like Chris lead tone. Chris tone was just so weak in last 2 albums, endgame production was great though. something that would really catch my eye is guest appearances. How awesome it would be to have ex band members appearing on the album. I dont think Nick could be on the album since Mustaine apparently dissed him at NAMM, but having marty, Poland, and Pitrelli on the same Megadeth album would make me cream.
    Looks like Megadeth really working. That's why they are so awesome. I think this album will be different from the others. For me all their albums sound unique.
    i hope they hurry up and get back in the studio after the disappointment that was super collider
    I can't remember the last time I read an article regarding Dave Mustaine that didn't leave me with feelings of discontent towards him. So this is definitely a welcome relief.
    Now just bring Nick and Marty back and it'll be perfect (at least Nick).
    I don't think having Marty in Megadeth again is a good idea. Listen to the music he made with them and watch videos of them shortly before Marty left. His heart wasn't there, and although it's hard to say he didn't care, it's clear his state of mind was closer to something along the lines of "eh... it'll work."
    Their Woodstock performance is a good example of this. He's using a strat, and looks bored as all hell. You can almost sense his lack of caring at that point.
    What if they did an Iron Maiden type thing and had like four guitarists on the album? I know that would be very hard to do and all, but Megadeth has had some very talented lead guitarists in the past/present and it would be cool to hear them all again.
    This Megadeth lineup is the best right now. The other line ups sold more records but this is my favourite. But having said that, Dave please dont drown out Chris's solos again like Supercollider. That is one album that needs remastering like maybe tomorrow.....
    Ya know, maybe Chris is looking to leave the band, and since Marty's back in the states... A guy can dream.