Ellefson: 'I Don't Think Megadeth Fans Will Be Disappointed' With Next CD

When Dave Mustaine revealed that Megadeth has "five songs almost finished" for its next studio album, it whetted the fans' appetite.

Ellefson: 'I Don't Think Megadeth Fans Will Be Disappointed' With Next CD
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When Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine revealed during an online chat with members of the band's official fan club, Cyber Army (formerly MegaFanClub), that Megadeth has "five songs almost finished" for its next studio album, it whetted the fans' appetite. As previously reported, Mustaine is currently going over the new material at the band's Vic's Garage studio in San Marcos, California with engineer Ken Eisennagel, who previously worked with Megadeth during the pre-production phase for 2009's "Endgame" and 2007's "United Abominations" CDs. Ahead of Megadeth's entrance to the studio in 2011, Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson spoke to Ultimate-Guitar.com interviewer Robert Gray. "There's some ideas that we're now starting to individually compose" explains Dave, known affectionately as "Junior" by the fans. "We're starting to put some things together, but the actual getting together in the studio to really get things started for the next record as far as all of us being in a room with a producer and all that, that is something we're gonna start after the 1st of the year." Musical ideas for Megadeth's thirteenth studio album are at an early stage of course. "I think they're very cool and obviously they're very heavy" assures Ellefson. "I think more than the actual material though... because again, at this point everybody has some individual ideas or some collective ideas that are at least established. More than anything though, I think we're excited about it because we've had such a great year of reconnecting. There've been some huge successes with the 'Rust In Peace' tour and the 'Big Four' DVD, and just coming off of that, it's an exciting time for us to start and carve out the next chapter of Megadeth." Ellefson returned to Megadeth's fold in February 2010 following an eight-year hiatus, reuniting two of the group's original members. Will that add a different flavour to proceedings? "I think so" muses Ellefson. "I think what's nice to a large degree is that Dave was really the primary writer if not the only writer of the past few Megadeth records, and I think when a band works together as a unit regardless of who writes it, there tends to be a different flavour and a different style. I think that one of the cool things about where the band is right now as a unit is that it isn't only... Obviously, Shawn Drover now has been there for awhile, so he's got some experience. He knows how Megadeth writes, records and operates; he knows how Dave writes, he understands Dave's compositional style, and as well, Shawn has started to contribute some of his own material, like on "Headcrusher" from the 'Endgame' record. Now it's kinda cool though, because there's now me and Dave who both can go back to the seed of Megadeth, to the origins of it. I think that there's a really cool chemistry right now with Dave and I being back together. I think our playing has a certain style, and adds a certain tonal quality to Megadeth. There's a really cool mixture of all the ingredients right now in the kitchen to really whip up something pretty tasty." How the next Megadeth album will compare to "Endgame", Ellefson isn't sure, but the fans need not worry as the man himself reasons why. "This much I do know. I'm sure that after playing the 'Rust In Peace' album for the last year, that that will definitely have an influence on the sound of Megadeth moving forward." Ellefson has been privy to the material Dave Mustaine has been compiling at Vic's Garage. "I've been listening to it, and I know what it is" confirms Ellefson. "Again though, we're at a stage where we're just compiling ideas - riffs, lyrics, things like that. Those early ideas often turn many corners and take many new twists before they're finalized on the final album. The seeds of the ideas I think are great, and I think they're really heavy and they're powerful. I don't think Megadeth fans will be disappointed at all. If the final outcome of what I'm hearing at this point with these seeds of ideas, if these come to fruition like they should, I think we're gonna have ourselves a smoking record." By Robert Gray

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    SGofawesome
    "I'm sure that after playing the 'Rust In Peace' album for the last year, that that will definitely have an influence on the sound of Megadeth moving forward." YES! It would be amazing to have an album mixing the likes of RIP and Endgame!
    SinnerCreep
    Mustaine and Ellefson are both great,this next album will kick ass,like all other megadeth albums
    Misfit-FTB
    I'm not sure how good it's going to be, but they should def get with Slayer for another album tour. Best tour, ever.
    Martyfan
    benf199105 wrote: bring back friedman
    Yes!
    iCarebear wrote: chris kicks marty's ass every day of the week
    No!
    FrJeeManade
    So long as Ellefson stays, I don't think there'll be any problem. The last few ablums I didn't like as much, because James Lomenzo is, well, terrible. No musicianship involved with his playing, just straight 8th notes over and over again. There's only so much you can do with an open E. It's just insulting to the name Megadeth. What is a band without musicians?
    guitar7masta
    killer puppy wrote: tl;dr i was already disappointed with endgame :/ the sound isnt raw anymore, and their new material sounds bleh
    yes, this is exactly what i thought
    guitar7masta
    i didn't like the sound of endgame aside from a few songs. i hope they take a more youthanasia approach, but i doubt it.
    Claytonbursey
    I was never disappointed with any Megadeth album so this should be great!!! Rust In Peace!!!!
    Ace Guitarist
    HELL YEAH!!! I can't wait all their albums were good. Megadeth can not put out a bad album, I'm so stoked!!!
    adj209
    I don't see Marty ever coming back, hes too caught up in his antics in japan to care about Megadeth any more..
    Robert Gray
    Dumpster510 wrote: Someone should send this article to Jeff Young...
    I wrote this article, and am a friend of Jeff Young's for the record. Before making smart-ass comments, try to clue yourself more on things. Mustaine's been slagging off Young for twenty years, and Young slags off Mustaine too. I don't mind people disliking Young, but I got no time for people who think the sun shines out of Mustaine's ass like you do either.
    zomgguitarz1234
    To those arguing about marty and chris, I'm fairly confident dave kicks both those punk ass busta's asses considering he's the one who writes most-all the material.
    Im_Broken
    im not sure why 'Deth always get the crazy shredders to play in the band. i mean, those guys arent riff guys. there are three types of guitarists: Riffers, soloists, and Both. Broderick, Poland, and Friedman are all soloist guys. they need someone who's comfortable playing riffs and solos. if you watch Broderick when they play, he looks really uncomfortable playing the riffs. but when it comes to the solos, thats when he lets his hair down, and when he coes into his own. its just...strange.
    BrokenBricks
    i wish chris poland would accept daves offer and return to the band. first 2 records kill.
    lowtek
    saying RIP is their best is like saying the sky is blue.. technically a great album but everyone loves it, and i wore it out like 15 years ago on cassette haha ..personally i have a soft spot for So Far So Good, i think it has some of their best darker tunes "mary jane" and "in my darkest hour"
    thrashmonkey
    iCarebear wrote: benf199105 wrote: bring back friedman chris kicks marty's ass every day of the week
    good to see somebody who shares my opinion anyway, this is great news
    James_Het_Rules
    I saw them on their first show of the RIP 20th anniversary tour. It was all win. Having said that... RIP influence on a new album... *drooools*
    Metallichemical
    Can't wait for the new album! I loved Endgame, United Abominations was pretty good too, and I love the current lineup. Just to share my opinion though, the Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? lineup is my favorite, too, and that is my favorite Megadeth album. But obviously, we'll never get to see that lineup again! RIP Gar Samuelson
    TsarBomba
    Crozmo wrote: To that moron that said Marty is not a "prodigy" you should know that he made Speed Metal Symphony with Jason Becker wich easily surpasses anything Broderick has done
    Wow man, you certainly know how to make a lot out of nothing lol. Do you always call people morons when they say something you don't like, or just when it's done anonymously? First of all, you need to learn some reading comprehension. Why you would go out of your way to post when I'm clearly saying I prefer Marty over Chris is beyond me. I also don't understand why you would assume I don't know Cacophony, but hey, your entire post is reactionary, so I can't expect much in the way of rationality or intelligence. Learn what a prodigy is. You can be extremely talented, and not be a prodigy. If this is me being a moron, you're a butthurt fanboy obsessed with semantics
    DarkieBC
    Someone should send this article to Jeff Young...
    Best Christmas present EVER.
    Robert Gray
    nargoth wrote: Heal Jason Becker then bring him in!
    I don't find that comment funny in the slightest, and am disappointed a mod hasn't deleted it given Becker's severe disability nowadays.
    BrokenBricks wrote: i wish chris poland would accept daves offer and return to the band. first 2 records kill.
    What offer? There is no offer currently on the table - Poland has not been asked to return.
    RockInPeaceDime
    iCarebear wrote: benf199105 wrote: bring back friedman chris kicks marty's ass every day of the week
    Bullshit. They're both great and very skilled, but Marty is certainly a better fit and his writing is as creative as it comes.
    mitch311
    adj209 wrote: Robert Gray wrote: nargoth wrote: Heal Jason Becker then bring him in! I don't find that comment funny in the slightest, and am disappointed a mod hasn't deleted it given Becker's severe disability nowadays. BrokenBricks wrote: i wish chris poland would accept daves offer and return to the band. first 2 records kill. What offer? There is no offer currently on the table - Poland has not been asked to return. Jeff Loomis wanted to be in Megadeth.
    That would be awesome. Jeff Loomis is ****in awesome
    Damaged Roses
    dhruvrajvanshi wrote: hipstersuperman wrote: Both of the Chrises and Friendman are excellent guitarists, and while I'm not going to join the Broderick vs. Friedman battle, I will agree that Marty is an excellent composer. It was, however, Marty's influence that led to Risk. Chris(es) would never do that. Because Chris Broderick has no influence on Megadeth right now. Btw it was Dave Mustaine who wanted to go commercial with Risk.
    That is what i was going to say. it was because of the now ended metallica - megadeth conflict. Mustaine wanted number 1 on the list. He got close with Countdown, but didnt get it. "You want more, you know" in words of Mustaine himself in some Megadeth cd booklet
    bertadams653
    Bring Poland back, I know it will never happen but imo he was megadeths best guitarist
    Blooddrunk_Moon
    well, Chris Broderick is influenced by Marty Friedman, and no doubt he's the best guitarist(technically) Megadeth ever got after the long hiatus. So instead of whining and expecting the old line-up to be back, which you should know yourself that it's impossible, why not just give your support and stop the childish comparisons? I love united abomination and endgame btw! \m/
    Nonesta13
    i didnt really like endgame but united abominations was very badass!...i cant wait to hear this next album
    Pippers
    I wish more bands had the balls to go ahead and do this? Can you imagine if any of the old timer bands that are still around did something like this? Iron Maiden saying "Hey, we decided we're going to try and make another Powerslave for the next album since that is what everyone digs!" or Metallica saying "Ride the Lightning part 2 is coming! Get ready!" Can you imagine? Props to Megadeth for going back with RIP and Endgame. I await their next album like no other.
    gunsnroses#1
    iCarebear wrote: benf199105 wrote: bring back friedman chris kicks marty's ass every day of the week
    just because a guitarist is more technically gifted doesn't make him better, this is the central argument with yngwie malmsteen. the way marty friedman played, in my opinion, mixed well with daves riffs.
    IRONxPANTERA
    Ellefson is one of my favorite bassists. I want to hear some new sick ass riffs like the little bit in Take No Prisoners. When I saw them live and heard him nail that, I was so happy! Shawn Drover could not play it for shit =/
    Skuzzmo
    StevieXIII wrote: I don't get all the vring Marty back comments He ain't coming back, deal with it. Chris is well capable of filling Marty's shoes.
    This X100000
    R0B0_Ninja
    hipstersuperman wrote: Both of the Chrises and Friendman are excellent guitarists, and while I'm not going to join the Broderick vs. Friedman battle, I will agree that Marty is an excellent composer. It was, however, Marty's influence that led to Risk. Chris(es) would never do that.
    Not likely. Megadeth was and still mostly is a dictator-style band. Megadeth is synonymous with Dave Mustaine and Mustaine is the de facto CEO. He was and still is the one who ultimately decides the band's musical direction. And guess who wrote "A tout le Monde" ?
    Andragon
    The highlight of this whole thing is that this interview/article is a UG ORIGINAL article. That's ****ing impressive. Grats, Robert!
    StevieXIII
    I don't get all the vring Marty back comments He ain't coming back, deal with it. Chris is well capable of filling Marty's shoes.
    sheppo
    flaphead325 wrote: BRING BACK THE MENZA!!
    they tried and he physically couldnt keep up with. As for Marty ive said it once and ill say it again hes too good even for Megadeth. I hope the music is alot like Endgame but the production on that album was a little dissapointing
    K!!LsWiTcH
    listen friedman is AMAZING. but if he comes back it would be like belladonna returning...contrived and useless actually more like negative
    ReasonableRam
    Brad_Bassist wrote: ReasonableRam wrote: Peace Sells is better than Rust in Peace. Mustaine even thinks so :pThat's still an opinion. Everyone has one and everyone is wrong (not in a "I'm right and you're not sense, don't get me wrong). Nothing can be deemed as better than something else, especially albums, it's only based on opinions.
    I know I know :p Im just saying I have the same opinion as the guy who wrote the albums lol :-p
    adj209
    Robert Gray wrote: nargoth wrote: Heal Jason Becker then bring him in! I don't find that comment funny in the slightest, and am disappointed a mod hasn't deleted it given Becker's severe disability nowadays. BrokenBricks wrote: i wish chris poland would accept daves offer and return to the band. first 2 records kill. What offer? There is no offer currently on the table - Poland has not been asked to return.
    Jeff Loomis wanted to be in Megadeth.
    Brad_Bassist
    ReasonableRam wrote: Peace Sells is better than Rust in Peace. Mustaine even thinks so :p
    That's still an opinion. Everyone has one and everyone is wrong (not in a "I'm right and you're not sense, don't get me wrong). Nothing can be deemed as better than something else, especially albums, it's only based on opinions.
    bustapr
    I really wanted them to bring a new guitarist to the lineup. Chris's solos on endgame all sucked. I dont want to hear another album where all the solos sound the same... Better to have a Marty style guitarist.