Fan-filmed video footage of MEGADETH performing a brand new song, “Public Enemy No. 1” on July 9 at the Sonispherefestival in Amnéville, France and on July 10 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California can be seen below.
MEGADETH has set “TH1RT3EN” as the title of its new album, tentatively due in November via Roadrunner Records. The CD was recorded at MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine‘s Vic’s Garage studio in San Marcos, California with producer Johnny K (full name: John Karkazis), who has previously worked with DISTURBED, SEVENDUST, MACHINE HEAD and STAIND, among others. 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”.
Speaking to Greg Prato of RollingStone.com, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine stated about the new CD title, “I was born on September 13th; this is my thirteenth record. It just seemed like it was the right thing to do to call it ‘TH1RT3EN’.”
Commenting on the songs that will appear on “TH1RT3EN”, Mustaine said, “There’s a title track, a couple of songs, there’s ‘Sudden Death’, which was on the Guitar Hero game — that was extremely successful and garnered us another Grammy nomination. Then there was ‘Never Dead’, which came out for the Kunami video game NeverDead.”
Mustaine was asked in a recent interview with Pure Grain Audio how the new MEGADETH album is sonically different to its predecessor, 2009’s “Endgame”. “[It’s] different, a hundred percent different, unlike anything we’ve ever done before because the guitar sounds are different; it sounds really super-modern,” he said, before adding, “If I was going to say it sounds like a particular band, I would say it sounds like really old classic [BLACK] SABBATH and with a little bit of a modern edge of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE kind of thing. But then again, with the twists and turns of music that MEGADETH has been famous for over the years, you never know how it’ll turn out.”
Regarding what fans can expect from MEGADETH‘s next album, bassist David Ellefson told Martin Carlsson of Expressen TV, “Let’s put it this way: It’s funny that 20 years ago, we came off ‘Rust In Peace’ and we went in and made ‘Countdown To Extinction’. So, to me, that’s kind of what this album feels like. We did ‘Sudden Death’ [for a title in the ‘Guitar Hero’ franchise, ‘Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock’] and then this new song, ‘Never Dead’, which is a very violent riff. That was the first song we did, and we finished it top to bottom because we had to get it into this video game called ‘NeverDead’. So that’s a pretty good indication of what the new record is gonna be. But it’s a little wider than… That’s why I liken it to probably a little more to ‘Countdown To Extinction’, ’cause there’s a couple of songs that aren’t just full-on, in-your-face thrashing. However, most of it is. So you guys are gonna be excited. You’ll like it. You’ll dig it. You’ll have fun [listening to it].”
July 9 – Sonisphere festival, Amnéville, France
July 10 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California