Megadeth have titled their new album “13”. The album was recorded at Dave Mustaine’s Vic’s Garage studio in San Marcos, California with producer Johnny K (John Karkazis), who has previously worked with Disturbed, Sevendust, Machine Head and Staind.
The album is due in November on Roadrunner Records and the artwork will once again be created by artist John Lorenzi, who was responsible for the artwork on the last two Megadeth studio albums, 2007’s “United Abominations” and 2009’s “Endgame”, as well as the band’s 2007 box set, “Warchest”.
Here’s a new track from Megadeth “Public Enemy No. 1”, performed July 4th at Docks in Hamburg, Germany:
Dave Mustaine says a fully-fledged Big 4 tour is unlikely to happen – because Megadeth can’t afford to take part.
Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax will gather again at the Yankee Stadium in New York in September after the current festival season in Europe. But Mustaine says fans hoping for a series of Stateside dates are likely to be disappointed. “When Metallica do their tours they like to do two weeks on and two weeks off, to spend time with their kids. We can’t afford that. We do four weeks on, sometimes five, then two weeks off. In order to do the two weeks on, two weeks off thing, we’d have to pick up shows in between – and I don’t know that that’s going to happen.”
Thrash fans had clamoured for years for the four biggest acts of the genre to play together; but it took nearly 30 years to take place because Metallica were never convinced there was a real desire to see such shows. And despite the massively positive reaction Mustaine remains doubtful whether there’s demand for a tour: “I don’t know that the States are ready for it,” he says. “We’re going to see how things go with the Yankee Stadium, but I think we’ve hit both sides of the nation pretty well.”
Megadeth are currently at work on a new album, but Mustaine is critical of reports he’s said it’s going to be a fast or heavy opus. “I’m not wilfully taking a set approach to the record,” he says. “I’ve never set out to do a record and wanted it to be like, ‘It needs to be fast,’ or, ‘It needs to be faster than the last one,’ or, ‘It can’t be fast – it needs to be slow and heavy.’ “For me, music is like when you put seeds into the ground: you never really know what’s going to break the surface. I still love the serendipity of making a song and not knowing what’s going to happen.”