Megadeth Promise 'Dark, Heavy And Fast' Album

Dave Mustaine took his time to chat with Full Metal Jackie about the upcoming album while on this year's NAMM show.

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Full Metal Jackie conducted an interview with Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that took place January 24-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California and received an extensive coverage on Ultimate Guitar. Here are the most interesting excerpts from Mustaine interview, the full video of the chat is available below (thanks to Blabbermouth).

"We're actually in the studio right now working on a new record," Mustaine said during the chat.

"We have a new label. We left Roadrunner; we completed our contract with them, which not a lot of many metal bands have the luxury to have been able to complete contracts. They usually either break up or quit or give up and stuff like that, but we were honorable and finished our contract with them and we moved on. And we've actually got a fantastic relationship with a brand new label that we're gonna be telling everybody about real soon. We have eleven songs already recorded. We wanna give them thirteen, 'cause, you know, the B-sides and Japanese releases and all that kind of crazy stuff. So we're almost done with all of that stuff. I'm excited about the music."

He continued:

"[Megadeth bassist] David Ellefson is one of those guys that's kind of the barometer of the band. You ask me, you never really know what you're gonna get, but when you ask David Ellefson, it's kind of like reading the ingredients on the back of something, 'cause he's such a straight shooter. He told some people the other day that this is music that's really similar to [Megadeth's 1985 debut album] 'Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!', some of the stuff really dark, really heavy and fast stuff. I mean, I don't thnk it's really as fast and heavy as 'Killing' is, to me, but Junior is a great, like I said, barometer bad word, but he knows what's going on.

"The relationship in the band right now, we're all getting along great; everybody is having a great time. Chris Broderick, what a great guitar player. Shawn Drover is playing his butt off, and Dave and I are getting along great right now. We're excited.

"It's just a great time to be in Megadeth."

Megadeth's fourteenth studio album is being recorded with producer Johnny K (full name: John Karkazis), who has previously worked with Disturbed, Sevendust, Machine Head and Staind. The CD is being laid down at Mustaine's Vic's Garage studio in San Marcos, California.

Johnny K produced Megadeth's last album, 2011's "TH1RT3EN", which was also recorded at Vic's Garage.

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    Gaaah Megadeth tears me apart because 98% of everything Dave says drives me up the wall but they're music is just too good. Well, Th1t3en was a bit weak but End Game was solid.
    Well, Dave hasn't had any recent political rants and he just opened that soup kitchen, so he's on my good side for now.
    Hopefully it will be better than Th1rt3en.
    That album was rushed together in a few weeks because Roadrunner was breathing down their necks for a new album. This time they're taking their time. I'm excited to see how this turns out.
    Th1rt3en wasnt that bad. some of the songs in there were so amazing. i.e. Never Dead
    Yeah remember that album was completed in just a couple of months. If you count that, you can't deny that the job done was really good.
    I honestly think that the brand new label he is talking about is the one Metallica jjust starteed
    I'll be the first in line to buy this new album, but it, uh, better work this time...
    he is finally releasing his double V to public! so sick...
    Awesome. I personally have no desire to play a double, but I know a lot of people (including my brother in law) have been clambering for this for a very long time. Should make a lot of people happy. They do look pretty awesome though
    I always thought that you'd have to be in a pro band to justify having a double. I just don't see it as practical to have for anything but live shows but to each their own I guess
    Lets hope the Risk stuff doesn't repeat. We all know that he stated before that risk was going to sound dark and fast, like Peace Sells and Killing... and that happened.... Don't get me wrong, risk was an average album, not a bad one.
    If this album is as good as Endgame, RIP (I doubt) or Peace Sells, the album will be bloody amazing.
    Man I'm really looking forward to this album! I'm looking forward to hearing that song from one of the teaser clips with the awesome riff where Dave says something about Big Brother.
    Of all the thrash bands that i like, Megadeth has to be one of the hardest bands to cover. Dave's playing and whichever lead guy he has is always nearly impossible to play.
    I noticed, aside from his vocal performance returning back to the quality of the 90's, his speaking voice itself no longer sounds like a 56-year-old chain-smoking woman.
    Flying Afros
    Personally I think United Abominations is their best recent record. I hope this tops it.
    in the video it looks lik Jackie has wings cause shes sitting in front of the dean sign
    If its anything like killing is my business i will actually enjoy a recent megadeth album. Dont get me wrong i have every album. I really enjoy killing is my business and so far so good so what for their thrash.
    "We wanna give them thirteen, 'cause, you know, the B-sides and Japanese releases and all that kind of crazy stuff." Why is it that Japanses releases by almost any band always have bonus tracks?
    How does that make him a barometer?
    How a Megadeth album turns out has a lot to do with the atmospheric pressure at the time of recording.
    I'm looking forward to the album, but wasn't that exactly what he promised with TH1RT3EN and that's not how it ended up?
    UFC on VHS
    Cant wait for the new album. Dave really pumps up Dean guitars I kinda wanna try one.
    Megadeth releasing a new album? No thanks, I prefer my table coasters without megadeth's weak album art all over them.
    I wish Nick and Marty would come back so Megadeth can do an epic album like Rust in Peace again. Don't get me wrong Chris and Shawn are amazing musicians. I just want to hear Marty amazing guitar skills