Metallica Say Dave Mustaine Has A 'Big Mouth'

James Hetfield wishes the Megadeth frontman would stop pushing for a collaboration between their groups, and confirms Rick Rubin will produce the next Metallica album.

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James Hetfield might have made peace with Megadeth's Dave Mustaine - but wishes his ex-bandmate would stop talking about a collaboration between their bands.

Mustaine had been calling on fans to pressure members of Metallica to form a thrash metal supergroup, but Hetfield is keen to dampen any speculation that it might really happen.

"I think especially with Dave, with all of his struggles, I see him healthier now. I see him as less of a bitter guy," Hetfield told Classic Rock "But I do see a lot of stuff in the press with him talking about jamming with us and making an album. All this other crazy stuff.

"I read it and say to myself, "Hold on. This is the Dave that we kind of wanted to forget about. You know, the big mouth that wants to just go-go-go."

Hetfield is careful to defend Mustaine's behavior, even if claims of a potential collaboration are unwarranted: "There is an authenticity about him when he speak. He doesn't think too much before he does. He just goes off the cuff. Plus, when he says stuff like that, it's well-intended."

Meanwhile, Metallica are roaring ahead with their next album. The latest surprise is that the band have chosen Rick Rubin as producer, despite widespread complaints about his production on their previous record "Death Magnetic".

"Rick is not a one-trick pony," said Lars Ulrich (via Ultimate Classic Rock). "He builds a particular ease around whatever your task is. Whatever we want to do with the next record, he'll help us with that."

Maybe Rubin builds ease by not being in the studio, if you believe a rant from Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor last year.

Taylor claimed that Rubin was only present in the studio for 45 minutes a week while they recorded "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses", and branded him as overrated and overpaid. Regardless, Rubin continues to produce hit albums including Adele's record-breaking album "21".

Do you wish a Metallica and Megadeth collaboration would really happen? Cast your vote in the comments.

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    metallicaftwlp
    CommanderMeaty wrote: A trash metal super group would be awesome.
    THRASH!!!! WHY DO PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY TRASH???? ARGHHH
    Tropian
    Well those 2 years of band friendship were nice while they lasted...
    Minivirus2
    tennesseehild wrote: I do wish it would happen, but at this point no matter how much of a better guitar player then Kirk he is, it is obvious that he saw record sales rise after the big four tour and is merely trying to ride Metallica's coat tails and see how long the cash flow will continue as he makes rediculous statements.
    Dude, Megadeth has never had issues with fan following or album sales, nor will they ever.
    Bubbles516
    I think people forget that these men pioneered thrash metal. A few of the best minds in thrash coming together... Wouldn't it be worth a listen? Just to see what they could come up with. Besides if you're willing to make an effing Lulu you should be willing to collaborate with a metal titan again! \m/
    ne14t
    James is too busy being a table in his off time to collaborate with Megadeth. Using the same producer again makes me worry the albums may end up sounding very similar and if they do I will be pissed. Metallica headed back in the right direction with Death Magnetic but it was still lacking a little something.
    Abacus11
    Mustaine is an amazing guitarist and songwriter but to say that his mouth works a lot faster that his brain would be an understatement.
    Lightning_Ray
    Minivirus2 wrote: Dude, Megadeth has never had issues with fan following or album sales, nor will they ever.
    No, but 'till recently, Dave did. Despite Megadeth being one of the most commercialy sucessful acts in Metal history, the band never had a #1 album in the US... unlike Metallica, who had 5. You should check out Dave's dialogue with Lars on the Some Kind Of A Monster documentary, it clearly shows that Dave always felt like that Megadeth was David (no pun intended) whereas Metallica was Goliath.
    iommi600
    Mikethespud wrote: Dave will probably go on a huge rant about Hetfield now
    Nope, he will just sit alone at home and swear to himself a hundred times that he's gonna be in a better article than this one tomorrow.
    tennesseehild
    Minivirus2 wrote: tennesseehild wrote: I do wish it would happen, but at this point no matter how much of a better guitar player then Kirk he is, it is obvious that he saw record sales rise after the big four tour and is merely trying to ride Metallica's coat tails and see how long the cash flow will continue as he makes rediculous statements. Dude, Megadeth has never had issues with fan following or album sales, nor will they ever.
    I'm not saying they do. I am a huge Megadeth fan, I own two Dave Mustaine signature guitars, and idolize Mustaine. The fact remains all the bands in the Big Four saw sales increase after doing those shows, and although Dave has his own successful band and career I'm sure he still struggles to try to be on the level of stardom as his former bandmates.
    Lightning_Ray
    Maestro1600 wrote: The sound of an album is entirely subjective! Maybe Metallica and Rubin were happy with the sound and the mixing. Just because you (and others) don't like it doesn't mean there's 'blame' to be placed. Bands should all be able to release the songs they want to release with the production and mixing they want. Surely that's the definition of artistic integrity?
    I don't think most human beings would be happy with the same type of mixing they did on Death Magnetic. Sound levels pushed to the max, completely killing the sound's dynamics in the process, while distorting what shouldn't be (Lars' drums were utterly butchered in this aspect). Like I wrote before, the Guitar Hero mixes of Death Magnetic, which didn't have the final mix, sound much, much better!
    Iommianity
    Dave talked about this supergroup in the 90s too, right off the success of albums like Youthanasia and Cryptic Writings. Can you imagine being in a band that just released their highest charting albums ever and having your lead singer talk about how cool it would be to have a supergroup with your old band? Flash forward to SKOM, and Dave starts saying that those bridges are burned (like he didn't burn them himself), and that the supergroup would never happen. Now we're back on the one man hype train, and finally James is setting the story straight. Dave's Metallica contributions are over 25 years old, and unless they do something that's better than anything else they've put out in as long, I have no desire to see something just because It's like the Sepultura reunion everyone wants: how many of you actually liked Roots, regularly listen to Soulfly, and love what Sepultura have been doing since Max left? How many of you think this would automatically equal an amazing show or great chemistry?
    Minivirus2
    And Lars has a big head... Not really news or something that needs confirmation. Any money, James is a little worried the master might show the apprentice how things are done, once more.
    Iommianity
    ne14t wrote: James is too busy being a table in his off time to collaborate with Megadeth. Using the same producer again makes me worry the albums may end up sounding very similar and if they do I will be pissed. Metallica headed back in the right direction with Death Magnetic but it was still lacking a little something.
    If it sounds like shit again, it won't be Rubin's fault. Lars was more than happy with the album's sound. Blame the band and those who mixed/mastered it.
    AngelWolf
    dont know why dave would want to creat music with todays metallica... or is it he knows he could get them to make a good album with lots of depth again..
    Maestro1600
    iscreamicecream wrote: Megadeth with Lou Reed would be the better collab. I think Mustaine writes lyrics like Lou.Forget Hetfield and his greying hair.
    You think Mustaine writes lyrics like Lou Reed? Care to offer any examples of this similarity?
    mulefish
    EpiExplorer wrote: FFS, its not primarily Rick Rubin's fault, its the lables who told the mix engies to do what they did, so blame Universal and Greg Fidelman.
    The blame should be laid equally at Rick Rubin's, Metallica's and Universal's feet. Universal Releases a lot of albums - and not many are as poorly produced as death magnetic. Also, to quote Rolling Stone: Rubin was 'overseeing mixes'
    megaluisdeth
    Dave said if they did make an album together that he wants Junior to play the bass. I'm pretty sure Metallica didn't like that too. He basically told Rob to F off.
    djmk9419
    noahi9 wrote: Megadeth left Metallica in the dust with the release of "Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?" 26 years ago. And they've been great ever since. Just listen to their new album "Th1rt3en", worlds better than "Death Magnetic" could ever be in terms of complexity, songwriting, and good quality "headbanging" music.
    Dave and Cliff Were/are Metallica, so to speak?
    Martin7890
    This is bullshit. Why would Metallica invite Dave for their 30th anniversary and then say craps like this? Where's the source for this? This is just meant to create senseless fighting, I don't see James saying stuff like this.
    RC52190
    metallicaftwlp wrote: CommanderMeaty wrote: A trash metal super group would be awesome. THRASH!!!! WHY DO PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY TRASH???? ARGHHH
    Because they're human beings and they're entitled to miss the 'h' key at times? Or they do it because they know it just pisses off people like you to no end. If it bothers you that much, you need a hobby.
    jurnag12
    metallicaftwlp wrote: CommanderMeaty wrote: A trash metal super group would be awesome. THRASH!!!! WHY DO PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY TRASH???? ARGHHH
    Speaking from personal experience, if English isn't your native language, it's really easy to either forget the H, or start a mental debate of whether it's in there or not.
    SirWurscht
    Would be the only possibility Metallica (or parts of them) could release an actually good album.
    noahi9
    Megadeth left Metallica in the dust with the release of "Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?" 26 years ago. And they've been great ever since. Just listen to their new album "Th1rt3en", worlds better than "Death Magnetic" could ever be in terms of complexity, songwriting, and good quality "headbanging" music.
    Camron62\m/
    i'd love Mustaine to work with Hetfield again. Dave and James, two great thrash minds creating jaw-dropping metal. also, I actually think they should go back to Flemming Rasmussen. Death Magnetic's production was bad. the snare sounded bad, the album was too loud and compressed... i wanted the old MOP or ...AJFA (my favorite) sound back. although i thought the album was a great comeback.
    djmk9419
    If the collaboration happened and was successful, it most definitely would/will be? Dave could say I told you so to James and for that reason James might not want to do it? Just saying?
    pantallica13
    CommanderMeaty wrote: A trash metal super group would be awesome.
    Well, Lars has the drum position covered. All he needs are the drums he used on St. Anger.
    Minivirus2
    BassFishin wrote: Anyone notice that they've pretty much given up the "monday/tuesday/wednesday/thursday/friday" article thing here? I mean, they still do the Wednesday question thing, and the Friday Fun thing, but that's it. Looks like it tanked.
    I'm going to assume you thinking ALL of the day's news is posted on the main page... There's a "News" tab that contain those very articles EVERY DAY.
    columbianneckti
    Metallica is still around? At least Dave is putting out decent albums still unlike Metallica. Dave will always have hope for it but like he says in his memoir, he should be happy for how far he has gotta, not hoping for something that won't happen
    Vic Magnetic
    Lightning_Ray wrote: Minivirus2 wrote: Dude, Megadeth has never had issues with fan following or album sales, nor will they ever. No, but 'till recently, Dave did. Despite Megadeth being one of the most commercialy sucessful acts in Metal history, the band never had a #1 album in the US... unlike Metallica, who had 5. You should check out Dave's dialogue with Lars on the Some Kind Of A Monster documentary, it clearly shows that Dave always felt like that Megadeth was David (no pun intended) whereas Metallica was Goliath.
    "The Some Kind Of Monster" Movie was what one would call clever video editing....do think that did help Lars make up more drama....Lars is the Biggest Drama Queen of Metal. Lars is what I'd call the Axl Rose of Metal. Think about it!?
    smittyanthrax
    DoodlySquat wrote: Why do they diss the guy that wrote all of their songs?
    *Facepalm*About what 6-10 songs almost 30 years ago.I think theyve wrote most of their own songs themselves now.
    fattychronic
    I think it they would make a great album but it will never happen as long as James remains a table.
    gunsn'roses123
    I think they should just do the collab!!!!! like WTF????? i lpve both Metallica and Megadeth and i just think it would be FREAKIN amazing to have them two on the same album
    noahi9
    If anyone's got a big mouth and is a total douchebag, it's Lars Ulrich. That guy has a massive ego problem. I personally think he's the control freak of Metallica. No wonder they have always sucked. Megadeth always has and always will be a better band than Metallica. What about that spontaneous moment on April Fool's day when the headline was about Metallica splitting up? I was about to give a round of applause for that, bummer. And more words of wisdom, Rick Rubin is a great producer, Metallica are just so generic with no originality at all. Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets were the only great albums they ever put out.
    Elegitii
    Lets face the big thing; they both play metal, but they are different types. A supergroup wouldn't work. Dave is just making things worse for himself.
    Redsectoreh
    Yeah, instead get Lou Reed to help you ruin your career... Mustaine is too talented for these shmuks anyways, they wouldn't be able to keep up with him.
    Faceless_teen
    Wasn't it in a recent article about Metallica eventually parting ways that Hetfield mentioned working with Mustaine? He shouldnt talk about the possibility himself then just call out Mustaine for having a "big mouth"
    Barrier_of_Pain
    off the cuff is metal so is speaking w no filter ooo ya and jamming is metal and thats wat dave is tryin to doo jeeeesssussss