Megadeth Start Work On New Album

Megadeth are drawing near the end of their world tour and are headed back to the studio to begin work on their next album.

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Megadeth are drawing near the end of their world tour in support of their 2011 release, "Thirteen," and are headed back to the studio to begin work on their next album.

According to Blabbermouth, Megadeth has once again tapped Johnny K to produce the band's new album, tentatively due in early 2013.

According to Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine, Johnny "is arriving tomorrow to start pre-production" on the new CD. He adds, "This should be a very interesting record."

Mustaine recently told NME about the direction of Megadeth's new material, "Some of it's a little darker, some of it's a little faster. Being in this position right now, not knowing where we're gonna go or what we're gonna do, it's kind of like the world's ours to do what we want. Are we gonna go back to the speed and thrash metal roots that made us who we are? Are we gonna experiment and rely on the melody that we've discovered in Megadeth songs?"

Mustaine also spoke about how he likes to keep Megadeth's music more melodic than that of most thrash bands. "We've tried to do that in Megadeth, have a little melody so that it's not just the same old grinding music like everybody else has," he said. "We're just happy to get going and get to the studio."

Johnny K produced Megadeth's last album, 2011's Th1rt3en, which was recorded at Mustaine's Vic's Garage studio in San Marcos, California. Mustaine previously stated about the recording process for Th1rt3en, "We've got a great new partner with Johnny K. I mean, I was satisfied with our last co-producer, with Andy Sneap, and Andy really took us and he even admits as far as he could take us, and it was great because we wanted to go back to the big leagues where we were, and we feel that Johnny is, obviously, a big-league producer; not that Andy isn't don't get me wrong. But we feel that this record is definitely one of our best. It's a great feeling, because, you know, finishing some of the last record, I can honestly say, in my heart I knew that it wouldn't contend with some of the great records in the past, just because of the timing, the label that we were on and stuff like that. Lineup changes and stuff But I really think that everything just lined up for this record."

"Th1rt3en", sold 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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    Now this is news with Dave Mustaine that I like to see, where he's actually talking about Megadeth and MUSIC, he should do that more often.
    You guys complain when UG posts stuff about Mustaine's political views... And now that an article about his music has been posted, you just want to make jokes about his political views? I don't get it
    Really? UG posts a steady stream of inflammatory articles about Mustaines' views and you wonder why the political banter continues into another Mustaine article????
    Seems like they might wanna put something out at the same time Metallica and Slayer do...the big four train keeps a rollin'
    Sees Dave Mustaine photo on the front page of UG "Oh dear..." Reads title. "THANK THE LORD..."
    I think it would give the same results, whether they wait or not, they will probably write the songs over a course of a couple of months. I dont think waiting would mean that they take longer to write and record. Im looking forward to this, i liked Thirteen a lot, especially the title track.
    Bands used to knock out an album a year and that was considered normal...and a lot of them were ****ing epic albums... so why it's bad form to do something similar now is lost on me.
    Agent 00Awesome
    Because Megadeth's last two albums have hardly been "epic".
    Just the more reasons to make a new one fast. Maybe next one will be their next masterpiece or maybe it will be okay. Better to make as much as possible, when the inspiration is there than just sit around waiting.
    its always good news when an old school metal band is working on a new album go megadeth!
    I hope Dave allow other band mates to contribute.
    He does....
    "Thirteen" was written only by Dave and Johnny K. Only two old songs are credited to Ellefson and Friedman, because they were written way before Thirteen.
    That doesn't mean he doesn't let the others write, maybe what he comes up with is just better
    It's the same thing.
    So he should let them write stuff for the sake of it and use it whether it's better or not
    link no1
    Why would you use material that isn't better than what you wrote? "Hey, that riff was pretty crappy but i'm gonna include it anyway to make you feel good. Screw the actual musical value of it"
    "Letting them write stuff" would involve including stuff they wrote and think is better, regardless of what he thinks.
    Then why there are no good bass lines or bass solos, which were almost on all albums? All bass lines on Thirteen just copy the guitar.
    But they do contribute, it's like Broderick said - someone comes up with an idea and he mustaines it in, sort of. It's always been like that.
    I don't get it? Mustaine is in the news for something pertaining to music?
    i bet it's a concept album about obama
    that awkward moment when you see the picture first and then have to scroll down to see the title, and you're stunned that for once, this isn't about dave talking shit.
    Glad that this Dave Mustaine article is actually about music! But I also really hope that this new album is more Endgame than it is Th1rt3en. I don't think that the guitar solos were altogether that great in Th1rt3en, granted there were some good solos but basically ALL of the solos in Endgame were just outstanding.
    Finally Dave took Oderus's advice and decided to play guitar instead of talking about political bs.
    I actually wouldn't mind Megadeth doing a slower album. Some of the prime moments for them have been their slower parts.
    It will be another solid record, end of story. So what if he writes lyrics about America turning to socialism, its happening....
    If you don't understand the implications and details of what socialism actually is, you wouldn't be that terrified of it. Go study what socialism actually is then complain about it.
    well your obviously a lzy ****, no hard-working person would want socialism
    I think the lazy one here is the one who decides not to write correctly. well your obviously a lzy ****, no hard-working person would want socialism Well, you're obviously a lazy ****. No hard-working person would want socialism. See???? THAT IS HOW YOU DO IT, DUDE. By the way, you can't tell that from what he has said. You know nothing. Nada.
    I have a sneaking suspicion that lyrics on this album will include: - Gun laws - The (apparent) taking away of his constitutional rights - and a supposed socialist takeover he thinks is happening in America right now If we're lucky he may also include Creationism, a various array of conspiracy theories that even conspiracy theorists are sceptical of, and the plight of leprechauns. Im not a fan of Megadeth or Mustaine, and I know hes been on here every day for the past month or something, but I am geneuinely intrigued by the guy cause he has a habit of coming out with such whacky stuff that I didnt think was possible to actually beleive. I guess we should brace ourselves for more Megadeth headlines...
    Megadeth is a band that performs songs that involve politics. "Peace Sells", "Hook in Mouth", "Symphony of Destruction", "Washington is Next!", "Hangar 18", "United Abominations". The bands been around for nearly thirty years and you're choosing now to make sarcastic guesses about what the next album will be about? Not trying to bash you or anything, but come on, Bro.
    If you are not a fan of Megadeth or Mustaine why on earth would you care what topics are included on the new album?
    Ive never been much of a fan of Hitler, but I found that caring about the topics he raised to be insightful. Obviously that is a tenuous and overused link but just because Im not a fan of something it doesnt mean I cant have an opinion on it... I'll accept the downvotes and retaliation - I should have known better than to have voiced my differeing opinion regarding long established metal bands and their fans
    Godwin's law: "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1." That was fast.
    "I should have known better than to have voiced my differeing opinion" oh the hypocrisy
    You were the one moaning about him/her talking about their different opinions, and now you're comment on his apparent hypocrisy?
    The others can down vote you if they like, but you have a point, and I AM a fan of Dave and Megadeth. The point being I'd much rather he'd vent his opinions - no matter how... "odd" they may be - in his music, than to spew it at his fans on stage and at interviewers looking for an eye-catching headline / quote.
    If you live in the U.S., it's not his constitutional rights, but every law abiding citizen's right. I disagree with Mustaine on this issue: that the Batman massacre was a conspiracy and was planned by the Government. However, regarding the gun laws, unless you've done any research about it (which I have), then don't say anything about it. IMP. Guns should be allowed in the possession of law abiding citizens. It's like this: The government says, "Take away the guns and the crime will go down!" No! Take away the guns and leave the rest of the U.S.'s good folks nothing to defend themselves with. It does not make any sense. I carry a weapon whenever I step outside and even when I am at home. I always have a weapon with me and you know what? Guys don't harass me and I am generally left alone. I could not say the same if I had no weapon to defend myself with. But the argument that taking guns away from citizens will stop crime, is a pathetic excuse at trying to control us even more than they already are. They are violating the Second Amendment. Plus, police are so corrupt these days you can't even turn to them for help. The bad guys will guns even if they are banned. Simple as that. The good guys should carry weapons and maybe next time some **** joker starts shooting at people, less will die and more will live because someone brave decides to defend the defenselessness.
    Dude, I don't know you, so please try not to take offense. I lived for many years in a part of the world not far away from where I live now where people were shot every day by terrorists, bombs went off, and I have been evacuated out of my home more times than I care to remember, and I STILL wouldn't carry a gun. The reason is that if I have a gun, It's more likely that it will fall into the wrong hands by accident, more likely to get shot by a criminal as a preventative measure for them getting shot in turn, and I'd rather be robbed than dead. There hasn't been one incident of a school or cinema shooting here, ever, and for what was a very violent place, it's settling down quite nicely. Our cops don't carry guns, and we've had only one cop shot dead in the past 15 years. The fact is that there are more gun deaths in the US per capita than in any other country in the western world. Whether this is because of gun laws, or some other factor, I don't know, but I DO know that I can't get shot if NOBODY has a gun. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not anti gun. I'm anti anything that can either blow me in half, or can be easily hidden or carried out of plain sight. I'm anti bullets being sold in any place other than a specialist gun dealer. I'm also anti said dealers holding any more than a few days worth of consumable stock. Now most people are law abiding, I get that. Most who own a gun don't do anything more than hunt or shoot cans, and that's fine by me. But there only needs to be one maniac with easy access to a gun and bullets to cause a lot of deaths, and houses get robbed in the US ever day, same as anywhere. My point really is this. If we use guns to defend ourselves, then why not use a grenade? Why not use C4? When a gun goes off the bullet can go anywhere, and it only takes a microsecond to make a mistake. I'll frame this with something else. I know very little about US gun laws, but I'm open to be educated.
    "The fact is that there are more gun deaths in the US per capita than in any other country in the western world. Whether this is because of gun laws, or some other factor, I don't know, but I DO know that I can't get shot if NOBODY has a gun." The thing is, ever since the invention of firearms there has been no society without guns. So for the realist, the question he or she should be asking is: Would I rather have guns only in the hands of the state AND dangerous criminals who don't care about the law, or in the hands of responsible, law abiding citizens? "Where you outlaw guns, only outlaws have guns"
    "Where you outlaw guns, only outlaws have guns" - a gross oversimplification for the sake of a soundbite. However, they outnumber the general populace, therefore you have less gun deaths. I reiterate, I'm not anti guns, at all. I'm a hunter myself. I am anti easy accessibility, and easy concealment, and I know I don't need a submachinegun to hunt a deer. That's swatting a fly with a brick. Let's take the Empire State Building shootings (an isolated incident, I know). A guy shoots an ex-coworker and NINE people get shot in the process of trying to apprehend the guy. If this guy didn't have access to guns he'd have to use something else, less harmful. What I see is that once a technology becomes easily accessible, people view it as their right to own it, whether it's an iPhone or a gun. This right is no longer viewed as a privilege, and doesn't get the respect it deserves, and owning a gun is a privilege that should be granted to the few with the mind to handle it responsibly, and the ongoing use for it. We don't buy an iPhone or a Baseball bat just with the idea that we might need to use it at some stage in the future. I didn't buy my shotgun and deer rifle with the idea that I may need it later. Putting guns out of easy accessibility protects people far better than everyone having a gun. The international statistics prove this. Less gun deaths where more stringent gun laws exist benefits the population at large, and THIS is democratic, in its very essence.
    I've never seen such a collection of mindless, foolish, ignorant comments in all my life. Has UG always been like this?
    I started listening to Megadeth when I was about 13.. 11 years later and they just suck. Endgame and on is terrible, United was mediocre. So, I guess the last half decent record IMO was The System Has Failed. I don't even listen to anything past Cryptic Writings anymore. It's all just stupid and stagnant.
    i think Endgame sounds better than TH1RT3EN. why Johnny K again? just make sure he doesn't help write most of the songs again, and that the mix is LOUDER and heavier.
    no shut up. louder doesnt not mean it is going to be better, just look at death magnetic. I cant wait for FOUR1E4N
    Im kind of wanting Megadeth to make thier own 'Load' styled album.. Im kind of interested in what it would sound like... I got tired of them doing the same stuff, it sounds awesome and all, but I feel they should switch up their sound a little bit... I just hope is something more fictional than super ****ing realistic like most of his songs are.. i like listen to music to escape from reality
    They sorta did with "Risk."
    Nope! Risk was a St Anger-esque offering. The Megadeth album closest to Load is its contemporary Youthanasia, like Cryptic Writings is to Reload.
    Endgame was brilliant, but Thirteen wsn't as good. Kinda like comparing Rust In Peace with Youthanasia, Youthanasia's not without it's merits, but seriously. Broderick needs to pull some shit out of the hat and show us why he's better than Kirk Hammett. I don't know. I'm just waiting for Metallica and Megadeth to release an album at the same time. You know Metallica's gonna sell more, but I think Megadeth have been the better band and released the better albums over the last 6-8 years or so.
    I think the reason that Metallica sells more is because they prove that they are a better band... I mean like, Megadeth is badass at playing speed metal and some other variants of metal, but thats about it. They dont always get you into the song thats playing, they just make you like its beat. Metallica has always been that band that plays all types of genres and in each genre, you know damn well you are well into the song... Metallica is a band to suit personal needs, and Megadeth has been more of a band to suit other things like speed, or stuff... well, im just speaking out of my own ass and opinion...
    I think you're mistaking Megadeth for Slayer, sir. Metallica hasn't tried to record a song with a disco beat. Megadeth has. I think you should go back and listen to the Youthanasia, Cryptic Writings, Risk and even The World Needs A Hero albums to hear the diversity of Megadeth. I'm not saying that any of those albums are better than any particular Metallica albums- in fact, I'd go as far as to say avoid Risk altogether- but Megadeth has some cool mellow shit , As for who's a better band, arguing back and forth on the Internet is for retards. If you think Metallica is better, good on you. If you are saying Master Of Puppets is better than Risk, you'd be correct.
    ive heard all those albums more than 20 times because i actually liked them, but what I think they are missing is that live-feel type of hype... I should have mentioned it earlier, shitt... Like if you hear Wasting my Hate it has nice hype to it, but other songs like Trust or She Wolf also have it. But its rare for Megadeth to always keep that sort of hype... I love Megadeth through and through
    Id say that people should give Risk a chance, unless they hate rock. Its a pretty damn good Rock album, espceially songs like Seven and Wanderlust.
    I dont think you should expect anything from Metallica before 2014, they arent fast workers, and they are hardly even started writing the new album. But ofcourse it wouldnt be too unrealistic for Megadeth to release yet another album in 2014 or atleast 2015.
    When i saw Mustaines face i thought he said something again. But this makes me happy.
    St. Fixxxer
    Fuck all you Metallica supremists and watever else you all are. Megadeth is back to SET THE WORLD AFIRE!!!
    Metallica should learn a thing or two from Megadeth and actually get their asses in the studio instead of just gigging all the time.
    Megadeth are on fire. Metallica released their last album in 2008, since then Megadeth has released 2 more albums, and this one will probably come out before Metallica's next one. Metallica are an awesome band and I like them, but they aren't nearly as consistent when It comes to releasing albums. I mean there was a huge gap between St. Anger and Death Magnetic, then they wasted their time creating a huge collaboration project with Lou Reed which no-one was singing praise for after it was released, they could have spent that time creating a solid new album of original material and not alienating their fanbase. Only my opinion, hate it or not.
    The scary part is that they released 4 albums in the 80s, 3 albums in the 90s 2 in the 00s, then the next will be the only one we get in the 10s? :p It better be good, like real good!