MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine tells Billboard.com in a new interview that he wanted to steer the lyrical themes on the band’s new album, “Super Collider”, away from both domestic and global politics that have dominated much of the group’s output over the years.
“I thought it’s just not the same climate anymore where you can really talk about stuff like that,” he explains. “People are so polarized they’ll chuck a musician that they really like because of them being a Democrat or them being a Republican or whatever. I’m not a partisan guy, and I seem to always get lumped in as a Republican, which I’m not. So I was trying to walk away from all this controversy and stuff that seems to follow me and let the music do the talking.”
“Super Collider”, which sold 29,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart, focuses “a little bit more [on] human politics, like my mother-in-law having Alzheimers and things like that,” Mustaine says. “Not everybody watches the news, so when you tell somebody that this is going on, that’s going on, this guys is part of a cover-up, this guy is a philanderer, they don’t want to hear it. But if you say, ‘Hey, my mother-in-law has Alzheimers or something they might have going on in their life, too, all of a sudden you’ve got that bond. So I figured I would write about what goes on inside my heart instead of inside my head this time, and I think it really came across that way.”
“Super Collider” arrived in stores on June 4 via Dave Mustaine‘s new label, Tradecraft, distributed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).
The album is available as a limited-edition CD with 3-D cover and bonus tracks, regular CD, regular LP, limited LP plus a bonus colored seven-inch single with two bonus tracks, and a download voucher.
“Super Collider” is MEGADETH‘s first release since the band’s recent split with Roadrunner Records.
MEGADETH filmed a video for the “Super Collider” title track on May 10 in the Los Angeles area. California-based model, actress, singer and songwriter Hunter Elizabeth was cast in the lead role in the clip, which she says is “about a high-school couple still loving each other after all the years after graduation, and at the 10-year reunion, both characters find themselves successful (a model and a mathematician) and still very in love.”