Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine recently sat down with Noisecreep to discuss the groups upcoming release "Super Collider," discussing his approach to lyrics, as well as the interesting subject of his least favorite Megadeth song.
As far as the lyrics go, the fans will be pleased to hear that the new album will feature some of Mustaines "best work yet." The singer/guitarist has stressed out that he takes his lyrics very seriously and that he will have to make sure he doesn't "say something stupid."
"It's tough sometimes because there's only so many things you can say lyrically - one-liners, idioms, phrases - without repeating something you've already said in an earlier song. Especially being known for my lyrics, I have to make sure I don't say something stupid. I have been pretty fortunate. There hasn't been too many dumb songs in our discography."
Staying on the subject of his lyrics, Mustaine went on to discuss the track he likes the least within his own catalogue, naming "Crush 'Em" as "the dumbest song Megadeth ever did." The track itself comes off the 1999's album "Risk" and is also featured on the "Universal Soldier: the Return" movie soundtrack.
"Probably the dumbest song Megadeth ever did was 'Crush 'Em.' Not that I hate it, because we've never released something that I didn't like musically, but I'm not that fond of it. We had huge success with our prior album [1997's 'Cryptic Writings'], big singles and all of that. That had never happened before. So we figured, why not give the label and our management more to work with next time out since the last one did so well on radio. That was a huge mistake."
When asked whether he had ever worked on a riff only to realize that it's one of his old songs he is playing, frontman gave an example of "Head Crusher." Although admitting it is similar to "Take No Prisoners," the track previously released on 1990's "Rust In Peace," the song did finally find it's way to the group's 2009 release "Endgame."
"I've had band members submit some musical ideas that turned out to be things I've actually written before [laughs]. I was listening to the beginning of a song Shawn Drover (Megadeth drummer) had written called 'Head Crusher,' and I just hated it. I'm thinking to myself, 'Why don't I like this thing?' He kept on pushing me to listen to it more so I finally decided to learn it on guitar. Once I started figuring it out on guitar I go to Shawn, 'Dude, no wonder I don't like it, it's the beginning of 'Take No Prisoners,'' I asked him how was I supposed to use the riff again."
"Super Collider" is set for a June 4 release via Mustaine's own Universal-powered label Tradecraft. As a follow up to 2011's "Th1rt3en," it will feature Johnny K. (Disturbed, Sevendust, Machine Head, Staind) in charge of the production duties, marking the 14th release in the groups catalogue.