MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine spoke to Revolver magazine about the band’s forthcoming fifteenth album, which is currently being recorded in a Nashville studio.
“There’s a lot of riffing going on in there, that’s for damn sure,” he said. “There’s a lot of solos, a lot of pounding drums and bass. I knew from the start that I wanted to go back to my roots, and I wanted to make a thrash record.”
The new MEGADETH album will be the band’s first to feature LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler and Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA. They were recruited earlier this year following the departures of drummer Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick, who have since launched a new project called ACT OF DEFIANCE.
“When Chris and Shawn left, it saddened me a little because they didn’t say goodbye,” Mustaine said. “They were pissed, because they’d gotten word that people wanted the ‘Rust In Peace’ [lineup] reunion [with guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza]. And frankly, I didn’t; I was happy with those two guys. So when they left, it was like, ‘It isn’t going to be easy to replace them!'”
He continued: “We haven’t found a permanent drummer yet, but finding Kiko was really a mind-blower. It was the first time since Marty Friedman joined the band that I was really intimidated as a player. He’s such an amazing talent, and he’s been coming in with all of these fresh ideas.”
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