Megadeth: 'Th1rt3en' Has 'A Very Heavy, Modern Sound'

U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine recently conducted an interview with Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine.

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According to, U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine recently conducted an interview with Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metal Hammer: Your latest album, "Th1rt3en", has just hit the shelves. What can fans expect from that album?

Mustaine: I think fans are going to be able to expect a very exciting record. With David Ellefson [bass] coming back, it brought back the classic sound, but also with the progress that we made with Shawn Drover [drums] and Chris Broderick [guitar]. I think that it's a very heavy, modern sound, and then adding Johnny K [producer] to that with his production skills, this is the optimum record that we could've made right now. So I think that the fans are going to be very happy with this record.

What difference has having Dave Ellefson back in the band had on the creation of the new album?

It's been almost two years now, and the time has just flown past, because it's just so great to have my buddy back. When he came back, one of the first things he did was, we were recording a song called "Sudden Death" for "Guitar Hero", and I asked Dave, "Hey, you want to do a bass track on this?" kind of like when we were hanging out in the very beginning and I'd say, "Hey, you want a drink?" He sat down, started doing the bass track and looked over at me and said, "You know, I'm going to put a Diamond Head part right here," and then I got pretty excited! I was so thrilled; I just knew it was the right thing for us to reconcile.

You chose Johnny K to produce this album. Talk about why you chose him and what he is like to work with.

The reason I chose Johnny K to produce this record is because [previous Megadeth producer] Andy Sneap wasn't available at the time we had our open opportunity to record. We had a two-month window to record, and Andy was busy doing something else, and David Ellefson had recommended Johnny K, which was really exciting for us, because Johnny brought a really great attitude and a level of professionalism and just a freshness that we were in need of. Andy had helped us get to a really great place and Johnny was the next step for us.

Read the entire interview from Metal Hammer magazine.

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    I really do love this album, call me crazy. I like every bit of it except for the verse of New World Order, though the bridge and chorus more than make up for it. All the others I really got into. I'm amazed I've accustomed to it this fast. It usually takes me at least 2 or 3 weeks to like an album this much.
    Oh same goes for Who's Life with the lyrics being a little ridiculous, but musically all those songs are solid as shit haha (assuming you've had no dairy lmao)
    ^Oh yea Wrecker, I forgot about that one haha. I didn't like that one either and I agree 100% on the lyrics of it. I do love Black Swan though I also really liked the intro bit of the old one that they took out. My favorites are probably the new Millenium of the Blind and 13.
    i really dont care what people say, no, the album isnt as good as a masterpiece like RIP, but regardless its a great album.
    It really is a good album, especially in the context of when it was released. But I really do think it's the best Megadeth album since Countdown to Extinction. There are a couple in there I haven't heard all the way through, though.
    ^ I had the same experience. Although I don't really care for wrecker very much. The lyrics are just to ridiculous. I have been listening to the new black swan non stop though.
    It's great that Ellefson can be heard again on a Megadeth record but I found the production really annoying (muddy, guitar solos kind of quiet). Please ditch this very heavy, modern sound and bring back the tone of the earlier albums!
    Dave Ellefson wrote the bassline and plays bass on a track which was released today (Johnny Wore Black - All The Rage). It's pretty rad:
    I agree, the production has made them sound different, but it's being playing non stop for the last few days, so I guess it's okay. Great album, welcome back Junior, and thank you very much Megadeth.....