Dave Mustaine: 'Religion Sucks'

The frontman also draws a parallel between Michelangelo and himself while discussing "Super Collider."

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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine took some time to address his outspoken religious reputation, naming a personal relationship with God as the key point of his spirituality.

As far as religion itself goes, Mustaine was very much concise and straight to the point when he said that "it sucks."

"I think it's just a matter of courage," the singer/guitarist told Westword. "You have to look at the old adage, all men of faith have courage and all men of courage have faith. Every war, every big game, every fight, it's those guys who always say a prayer before they go in to do battle. It's like the whole Pascal's Wager thing that I sang about in 'Dread and the Fugitive Mind;' it's better to live your life like there's a God and to find out there isn't, than to live like there's no God and find out there is."

He continued, "But honestly, to boil it down, religion, it sucks. For me it's really all about having a personal relationship [with God], and people don't want to do that because they don't want to be held accountable. It's kind of like when you're in AA: You have a sponsor and the sponsor helps you get through the day without drinking. I needed that accountability to help me get off heroin."

Dave also discussed the latest Megadeth effort "Super Collider" and some of the negative backlash it received from the fans, drawing an interesting parallel between himself and Michelangelo.

"I understand that," Mustaine said while talking about the desire of some of the fans for Megadeth to go back to the older sound. "But that's why there are other songs on the record, like 'Kingmaker' and 'Don't Turn Your Back' and 'Built for War.'

He concluded, "But, look, I'm a musician, I'm an artist. Michelangelo didn't ask permission to sculpt the David; he just did it. And when they asked him how he did it, he said he just knocked away the excess marble. That's me when I go into the studio. The songs pretty much write themselves."

"Super Collider" saw its release on June 4 via Universal-powered label Tradecraft, debuting at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart with 29,000 copies sold in the US within the first week.

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    another mustaine article, so far, so what?
    Opinions Is My Business... and Business Is Good!
    Not even Dave knows what Dave believes in anymore.
    A world without religion would become a world with superstitions: people MUST have something to believe in so they can give an explanation to strange things that happen, it was always like that and it will always be.
    Your last part is not necessarily true. I can imagine a time when most people won't need faith to explain anything...
    It's a psychological thing that everyone has, you can't deny it, and I also think it's more of a suggestion thing, like when people associate an event to something like praying, or carrying a charm, or having done something bad/good
    This guy has opinions and he's not afraid to tell them, deal with it!
    I don't really see what's so commendable about having opinions. Everyone has opinions. Mustaine isn't saying anything controversial or revolutionary. There's no bravery required. It isn't like he's telling harsh truths. A lot of the time he talks complete arse and people point it out, as is their right.
    "it's better to live your life like there's a God and to find out there isn't, than to live like there's no God and find out there is." And what if you choose the wrong god? And wouldn't god be smart enough to tell if your belief wasn't sincere and only a safety net?
    Best quote on going to church: "What if we chose the wrong religion? Each week we just make God madder and madder." - Homer Simpson
    Flanders: Homer do you know why I became a Christian? Homer: Cause your parents made you?
    Bart: Woah! God is so in your face! Homer: Yeah, he's my favourite fictional character.
    *flipping frantically through pages in the bible* This book doesn't have any answers!!
    " . . . and talk about a preachy book, everyone's a sinner . . except this guy" - Homer
    God: Now if you'll excuse me I have to appear on a tortilla in Mexico
    Homer: Lisa, if the bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn't, it's that girls should stick to girl sports such as hot oil wrestling, foxy boxing and such and such.
    Home on Jesus: Kids, let me tell you about another so-called wicked guy. He had long hair and some wild ideas. He didn't always do what other people thought was right. And that man's name was... I forget. But the point is... I forget that, too. Marge, you know what I'm talking about. He used to drive that blue car?
    "This so-called new religion is nothing but a pack of weird rituals and chants, designed to take away the money of fools. Now let's say the Lord's Prayer 40 times, but first, let's pass the collection plate." - Reverand Lovejoy
    If you are not into reading, make a small exception here. Read--> The Last battle by CS Lewis. An interesting answer lies within
    Mr Winters
    This so much. Pascal's Wager is stupid.
    Very open ended. If people want to be liberal then fine, each religion is the path to the same god. Now we all agree to disagree
    he's actually talking sense here. no need for the hate, guys
    I agree with what he says about religion sucking and spirituality being a personal thing but that 3rd paragraph is total bs.
    I wonder if Dave has some secret investment in UG or what? Anyone remember when Slash had some contribution or whatever to UG? They made special page/feature for Slash and UG published almost every breathe Slash took. Just like right now about Mustaine. I admit, lately Mustaine makes alot more sense than a year ago or so. But these "news" are becoming daily.
    Has anyone ever thought that maybe Dave doesn't say these things and UG make it up to attract you to the page to say "oh, Dave..."?
    Oh Dave....
    Although I always loved the "What if there is no judgment?" part of that song. Pascals wager should not be construed as evidence of deity, but it is not a bad thing to consider from the perspective of an individual.
    If you adhere to any Christian rules, you are following a religious sadly. A personal relationship with god is more following along the lines of common sense that God wouldn't put all these ridiculous rules up, and send them to hell for breaking them. Some people will say, "Well Jesus died for you so you can break those rules" yet when they see something they don't like, they threaten hellfire. and the circle goes on and on and on...
    Something I actually agree with Dave on! John Lennon was always right - the world would be a better place without religion!
    I don't know which is worse: the fact that this guy never shuts up or that Ultimate Guitar publishes so many articles about him.
    I think the one that UG publishes so many articles about him. Like nothing else in the world happens besides Dave saying something in the interviews. And what's even worse, it's usually that they take 1 paragraph from an interview someone did somewhere and after that they write 2+ paragraphs about old things we have heard/read about too many times.
    I don't know what is worse: the fact that UG posts so many articles about Dave Mustaine; or the fact that the same people who bitch about it continue to click, read and comment on the articles.
    Does he need to quote one of his own songs each time he expresses his opinions? Anyways, I actually agree with him on this one.
    What's the big deal? Kill a goat once a week, so the Earth doesn't swallow you. I'm happy, my goat-meat loving deity is happy. Everybody wins.
    If everyone hates all the Dave articles, stop looking at them or commenting on them...Those give UG more ad revenue, hence they post more of what is popular.
    When will people stop with the "I don't have religion I have a personal relationship with God" bullshit? Seriously, if you follow the teachings of Christ or any other deity, you're still practicing religion. People think they can sugarcoat their religious practices and disassociate themselves from some of the terrible things that often come from religion by saying stuff like that, even though they're still practicing and believing in the exact same ways. Also, I imagine there are plenty of nontheists in the military who would disagree with Dave's assertion that "All men of courage have faith." What a jerk thing to say.
    I think you were acting like a bit of a jerk by stating this. I kinda get your point, but what those people are trying to say is that they won't blindly follow their religious leaders. Yes, you could say that they're still practicing religion, however there is a difference. They choose the actual relationship with God instead of the empty, greed-and-power-hunger-driven church doctrines of the past(and their respective leftovers of today). They choose to differ(now, whether those people succedd is a different topic).
    August 5th 2013 Another slow day for UG. Catching up on day old vids, and your Dave Mustaine quote of the day.
    Dave Mustaine, the most famous example of having an arsehole instead of a mouth. That and Kerry King. Please do not cross the streams. PLEASE.
    Superstition can be overcome. Compare the world of today with the world 1000 years ago. If we look at a rainbow today we know that it's an effect caused by sun light being refracted inside raindrops whereas before it would have been a supernatural event. As scientific knoweldge increase, the need for fairy tales and god to explain things that we don't understand gets smaller and smaller.
    Actually, the more the scientific community goes out of its way to disprove God the more scientists become believers in a Supreme Being. "Intelligent Design" is a term used frequently in academia these days. Just a point of interest.
    Intelligent design is a silly attempt by the religious to make their groundless beliefs seem more scientific. Your comment is laughable. And I'm not sure what you're talking about with scientists supposedly trying to disprove god. I didn't mention that in my comment. My point was that as the scientific body of knowledge grows, using "god" as an explanation for things that we don't understand becomes more and more redundant.
    I was merely sharing some information. My opinion isn't even mentioned. You implied that science and a belief in a god are mutually exclusive. I don't know why you can't understand what I meant. You can take my comment at face value. I'll explain again, and if you try to comprehend my simple words instead of getting all set to dispute them you might just understand. What I am saying is not my opinion. It is widely known in the scientific community, ie research, archaeology etc that there have been many, MANY scientists who are devout atheists who have worked for years to prove that the Bible is bullshit and that God is a myth. Many of those scientists have become devout believers as a result of their research. If that is laughable that is just the way it is. This is not my opinion. BTW, I think you should look up the word redundant. That last sentence doesn't make sense, but I won't stoop to your level and call it laughable. There is nothing funny about ignorance. I just shared what someone might find interesting, and you responded with a personal attack.
    Why does Dave always say that one has to be free and original or that don't be to s tree and alone.....but in the end hes just another sheep whose afraid of God. Sellout.
    Religion and faith are not the same things. Just like believing in the US Constitution and being a US Senator are not the same. I am a Christian, but yes, religion--meaning Man's attempt at playing God--does suck. As far as why UG interviews certain people, and why certain people leave themselves open to misinterpretation by what they say...I have no clue!
    "You have to look at the old adage, all men of faith have courage and all men of courage have faith." I guess, unless you consider George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci and many of the other of the greatest minds and innovators in history.