Megadeth: Three New Songs Tracked for Next Album

The band has completed three tracks for the new album, produced by Johnny K and due to be released in spring 2013.

Megadeth: Three New Songs Tracked for Next Album
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According to Blabbermouth, Megadeth have resumed work on their fourteenth studio album with producer Johnny K (full name John Karkazis), who has previously worked with Disturbed, Sevendust, Machine Head and Staind.

The band's upcoming CD (which recently was placed 4th in our list of Top 10 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013) is currently being recorded at Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine's Vic's Garage studio in San Marcos, California and is set for an early 2013 release via an as-yet-undisclosed label following the band's recent split with Roadrunner Records.

In a tweet earlier this week, Mustaine wrote:

Megadeth frontman previously told NME about the direction of band'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 also recorded at Vic's Garage. 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. The CD marked the recorded return of bassist David Ellefson who was part of the band's classic lineup from 1983 to 2002. In a move that delighted the band's legion of diehards, Ellefson returned to performing live with Megadeth in early 2010 and has remained a fixture on the stage ever since. This was the first time Ellefson has played on a Megadeth record since 2002's 'Rude Awakening'.

Are you excited about the new Megadeth record? What's it going to be in terms of music and lyrics? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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    502Megadeth1320
    Megadeth can always be trusted to deliver quality thrash every 2 years. Not many other bands, even new bands, can keep up with Dave's amazing riff/lyrical writing prowess.
    Braykah
    Except Thirteen was pretty dull compared to Endgame, didn't have the same crisp sound quality and songwriting that actually caught your attention as a listener. Besides, there are way better thrash bands still putting out records, like Testament, Exodus, Overkill, Anthrax and Kreator, even newer ones like Lazarus A.D. and Revocation.
    Dynamight
    I would agree that Megadeth haven't put out a good album since CtE, but saying the bands you stated are way better? You clearly know nothing.
    Braykah
    Well, that's your opinion, and I stand by mine. Also, not agreeing with you =/= knowing nothing. Learn to accept that.
    Dynamight
    It has nothing to do with opinions. In such terms as originality and diversity, the level of musicianship in Megadeth's music is objectively superior to most of the bands you stated, whichwith the exception of Revocationplay mostly generic Thrash. That's why you know nothing.
    Braykah
    So you say that the bands I mentioned don't have more originality and diversity in their music than Megadeth? Typical example of fanboyism right there for you...
    Dynamight
    Ad hominem attack... typical comment by someone who has no valid arguments to put forward.
    Anchr
    Given that Megadeth's discography is indeed somewhat more diverse than say Testament and Anthrax, to say that they are "objectively" inferior to Megadeth is ignorant. Some people like what you define as "generic Thrash". Well that's your opinion (and there is no "objective" opinion, there just isn't) but I, and I dare to say a lot of other people here equally enjoy pretty much any Thrash band, be it more "generic" like Metallica or Testament or somewhat more "diverse" as Megadeth.
    Braykah
    Dude, I've already put forward my arguments. You, on the other hand, have only got personal attacks to use. Shows the contrast in credibility pretty well, doesn't it?
    Archer250
    Excuse me? Testament, Exodus and Overkill more diverse than Megadeth? Anthrax I understand that they collaborated with Public Enemy, so they're probably more diverse. But Megadeth made an electronic pop-rock album! I don't see Testament, Exodus or Overkill doing anything like that. Yeah, I'm just joking.
    saint_berzerker
    maybe "musically" but I wouldn't consider "countdown" anywhere near thrash metal. It was a rock/pop record. Their first 4 were the real deal though. But Thrash-wise the bands he mentioned were a lot better than the last several Megadeth records.
    priestfan76
    Testament has always been right next to Megadeth in terms of songwriting, technicality, and diversity, and I would argue that they have been far more consistent than Mustaine and co. Exodus has never been just straight up thrash, listening to any of their newer albums or Fabulous Disaster proves that, Anthrax was constantly improving upon their sound, leading up to Persistence of Time, which is easily as if not more complex than anything Megadeth, or really any Progressive thinking Thrash band, has ever done. Who know's nothing again?
    Archer250
    Yeah, I'd say Megadeth and Testament are way up there with Megadeth being the one-hit-wonder (actually 6) and Testament being more consistent. I wouldn't say just as diverse though, as Megadeth went one step further (electronic pop). Exodus WAS straight up thrash right up to Fabulous Disaster when they sound like AC/DC sped up. Their new albums are a disgrace.
    Reptilianriff
    Actually i'm pretty sure Kreator eats megadeth for breakfast and shits out metallica man. im sorry but there's only about 4 or 5 really great megadeth tracks that i can think of right now, Kreator on the other hand... but that's not the point. you really shouldn't tell someone that their choice in music is in anyway inferior.
    Metallidethium
    While I think he's wrong, he definitely knows something given that al of those bands are still putting out great albums
    aids9999
    If that's your response, I don't think you've ever listened to Kreator. Forerunners of the Teutonic thrash scene, Kreator has kicked ass for nearly 30 years. Them, Sodom and Destruction put the Big 4 to shame.
    jrtrtj
    Endgame better than Thirteen? Have you gone mad. Endgame was terrible Thirteen is one of their best albums they have released in a long time.
    CoolMcAwesome
    13 was half-assed, and even Mustaine admits that. Endgame got me back into Megadeth (not that I really needed it,but you know what I mean). Also, if we are talking about how good the guys in these bands are, Testament and Megadeth are somewhat on par with one another. Chuck is a much better vocalist than Dave - no real contest there. Eric Peterson has some very awesome riffs, but so does Mustaine. Skolnick is... well, Alex-fu*king-Skolnick! Crhis Broderick is...well, Chris Fu*king Broderick! Ellefon has more classic riffs I suppose, but Testament had Greg Christianson, and ****ing Steve Digiorgio man! Testmant's drummer line up clearly destroys the Medageth drummer line up though.
    gunsnroses#1
    I feel quite the opposite. I though Endgame was too, for lack of a better word, "robotic". Not just Chris shredding over every song, but the overall sound of it. Not saying I didn't enjoy it, just stating that I enjoyed Th1rt3en more.
    Abacus11
    I've been a Megadeth fan since about 1989 and I completely agree that their discography got pretty weak for a while. I can barely listen to anything from Youthanasia until United Abominations. I'm still excited about their next record though. The last few (Yes, even Thirteen) have really proven that Megadeth are still capable of writing some killer music.
    shredderdan
    Completely agree! Thurteen was slightly weaker than endgame but a solid album nonetheless.
    zalant
    My first thought after this was, "what about Overkill?" I'm not certain about the exact timing of all their records, but they're pretty consistent and prolific. I don't mean to take anything away from Megadeth, but Overkill have been and continue to be criminally underrated. I think it's probably Blitz' voice that polarizes people, but that's what they used to say about Dave's voice, too.
    M3AK
    Thirteen was alright at best. Endgame while not being all that much better was still a better album. If we get a couple more songs like "This day we fight" then I'll be happy. The days of Dave releasing an album full of that kind of material are long gone but a return with more tracks of that style would be greatly appreciated.
    FiddleJohnny
    So that's what Twitter in Russian looks like.
    Mr. Mashburn
    I've been sitting here trying to figure out what you see that I'm not seeing, so I'm going out on a limb here and guessing UG made a mistake and corrected it once the readers proof-read it for them.
    M3AK
    Never even noticed that. Good eye, you should study to be a television editor!
    willetts666
    Thirteen was a strange album for me. Even though I knew it wasn't as good as other albums I still couldn't stop listening to it
    vppark2
    No one has even said this yet but Merry Christmas Dave. Everyone be happy that Megadeth is still writing music!
    Braykah
    Still looking forward to hear the new songs, hopefully it's an improvement from last time, though I still think they should have gone with Andy Sneap as producer.
    Rokodlak
    countdown stuff and youth production is perfect modern production for them,nothing more nothing less
    Wisthler
    You should sell your computer and spend the money in something productive.
    METAL JEFF
    cool!megadeth don't f around like other bands.they put out music very quickly.Dave is a musical genius