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.