Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: 'I'm Totally Ready For Our Next Record'

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine says he has started writing material for his band's next record, describing it as music with "some colour".

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine told NME that he has started writing material for his band's next record, describing it as music with "some colour". You can watch an excerpt of a video interview below.

Speaking to NME at Download Festival, he said: "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?"

He went on to share that, growing up with three sisters who listened to Motown and other music from the 60s and 70s, he is very strongly driven by the melody in music. "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."

Mustaine also discussed the state of his band's latest record label Roadrunner, which recently shut its offices in the UK, Germany and Canada and Australia, telling NME:

"I think that with downsizing and house cleaning, sometimes you have to restructure. As far as the success of the label's concerned, our record sales went down with every record, so it's hard to argue that it was the right place for us. So I don't know what's going to happen. As a metal band, you don't make as much money as pop records do pop stands for popular metal music is a way of life."

Expanding on his, he said: "That's one of the things I love about the metal community, is that people are so loyal to one another. You have a band you really like and you stick with them. In our genre, there's a lot of integrity and a lot of loyalty in the metal community. I'm hoping that the rest of this year, wherever we end up, it will be at a place where we fit."

When discussing Megadeth's current European tour, Mustaine pointed out that some shows have been better than others, following an unfortunate gig in Croatia forced him flee stage after being pelted with rocks. He said: "Every once in a while you'll run into a place where it's not really that convenient to play at, but you just got to kind of suck it up, one of those places was playing in the Czech Republic. There were probably 100 guards between us and the audience. But you just make the best of it."

Mustaine also dispelled any rumours that his band will be forming a supergroup with Metallica, saying: "No. I'd brought that up, James [Hetfield] had said something pretty fucked up about what I said."

You can hear a full audio clip of the interview below.

Megadeth will be continuing their worldwide tour for the rest of the summer, including appearances at France's Hellfest today (June 15) and Hi-Voltage Festival in Turkey on June 19th.

Thanks for the report to NME.com.

24 comments sorted by best / new / date

    emeryd1
    13 was good but I hope this new record is gonna be as tight as Endgame. Man I love that album.
    District
    These are the articles that make me respect Mustaine and his band. Just musician's talk. Wish he would do that more often.
    Minivirus2
    New Megadeth!? I'm already salivating! I'd love to see a fullbore thrash album again, but whatever Dave and the boys do, it's sure to be awesome!
    secretseeker
    WaddleDeee wrote: I felt like too much of 13 was filler, hopefully with less of a tight deadline and a sense that this may be his last album, Dave can make a great-lasting album.
    I feel the same about 13. Most of it filler. Endgame felt waay tighter in that perspective.
    WaddleDeee
    I felt like too much of 13 was filler, hopefully with less of a tight deadline and a sense that this may be his last album, Dave can make a great-lasting album.
    rhs5110
    Thirteen was a great metal record can't wait to hear some more solos from chris broderick his work is getting better with each megadeth record
    Agent 00Awesome
    While I love the fact that we're getting Megadeth releases so often, maybe they should wait an extra year or two for this next album. Just to make sure its amazing instead of just good.
    Rimfrost
    And i loved the production and his vocals on Thirteen, hasnt sounded that good in a while.
    DexterF
    Saw them live couple days back at Metalfest and boy, were they awesome. Mustaine says some things sometimes he should perhaps keep to himself, but as a band they set the benchmark.
    fivebizebeavers
    We need more articles like this, just various musicians's just talking about what they are doing, what they are going to do, etc.
    Duke_Lukem
    Saw these guys again at Download, they're still awesome live. I just wish I could say the same for their previous few records.
    DethDefiler
    Oh my ****ing god... This had made my year! As long as it's along the lines of Endgame and not Risk, it'll be awesome. Not that there's anything wrong with Risk. It's just a little too soft for the Arsenal of Megadeth.
    6-String_Madman
    "...pop stands for popular metal music is a way of life."
    Agree! Trends are for those who would just conform and bow down quietly.
    metalmania46
    SolitaryOne wrote: WaddleDeee wrote: I felt like too much of 13 was filler, hopefully with less of a tight deadline and a sense that this may be his last album, Dave can make a great-lasting album. probably because 13 was sorta a filler album. I remember reading somewhere that it was so rushed because mustaine wanted out of the contract he had with the record label
    From what I heard it was because they had like 2 months to record it and then go back out on tour (probably Mayhem). But yeah, there were some filler songs on there, but not a bad album by any stretch.
    kratos379
    Yeah I really wasn't much of a fan of 13. I hope the next album is much better. I still expect the best from Megadeth.
    Rimfrost
    I dont really think it would change anything if they waited longer for the next album. They probably use the same amount of time writing each song anyway and if they feel inspired now? Go ahead, more releases = bigger chance of creating something great. My favourite of the new stuff was The system has failed, but i really like a lot of tracks from all the new albums.
    bulusvanua
    Personally I thought 13 was the best Megadeth album in a while, might just be because I really liked Black Swan. Good to see them getting back into it, I don't like waiting 5 years between albums!
    smittyanthrax
    I didnt think much of 13 either.Seemed alot of it was filler and previous songs that they had done in the past.Brodrick is really classy tho and i cant wait to see what he contributes to the future of megadeth.Dave is a riff machine and continues to blow the mind what he does with his axe.
    SolitaryOne
    WaddleDeee wrote: I felt like too much of 13 was filler, hopefully with less of a tight deadline and a sense that this may be his last album, Dave can make a great-lasting album.
    probably because 13 was sorta a filler album. I remember reading somewhere that it was so rushed because mustaine wanted out of the contract he had with the record label
    Maiden95
    Great f*cking news. Cue the Giles theme ladies and gentlemen. (youtube that if you don't know it)
    nincompoop
    Risk 2, please. Not even kidding. Not necessarily that different or light, but at least give us something new and different.