Sergio Pereira from South African music website MusicReview.co.za spoke to Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover. Here's an excerpt from the interview below:
MusicReview: Do you think there's one specific song on the new album that is really going to surprise Megadeth fans? Something that you haven't done before?
Shawn Drover: I don't think so. We're not trying to reinvent the wheel here [in our music]. I think we recorded another batch of metal tunes, knowing what our fans and ourselves ultimately want to hear. There's a mix on the record: there's fast tunes, there's some slower tunes, there's mid [tempo] tunes. It's a good collection of heavy metal songs. That's really it. We never really go into studio with any preconceived notions of what we're trying to do; we just know we got to write a bunch of new metal songs, or, in this case, [rework] a couple of old metal songs [which] were included on the record. I don't think there's anything on there really that is that musically different that fans are going to go, Oh my God, why they'd record that kind of music? At the end of the day, they're all metal songs.
On that same topic, from a drummer's perspective, is there anything that you did differently to push yourself on this new release, or did you try keep it simple, and, like you said, just creating a heavy metal record?
Yeah, I didn't do any playing that was exactly outside of the box, because that doesn't fit into the musical structure of Megadeth to go off and do some kind of weird, jazz thingyou know what I mean? I always play for the song, whatever the song calls for. If it calls for a lot of double-bass drumming, that's fine. If it calls for something that's real, straight-ahead towards the floor, that's fine, too. I always try to service the song. I don't really play for myself, as much as I try play for the band. I'm just saying that it's a team effort; nobody goes off and does their own thing. Whether it's just a song or not, we all play a part in ultimately servicing the song; I think that's one of the reasons why a lot of these songs stand the test of time, instead of being so self-indulgent where all you're trying to do is please yourself; I think ultimately who we're trying to please is as many people as possible.
To read the full interview, go here.