Litsa Olsson conducted an interview with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson at the third show of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festivalon July 12 in Auburn, Washington. You can now watch the chat 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, 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.”
Regarding what fans can expect from MEGADETH‘s next album, 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].”
Fan-filmed video footage of MEGADETH performing a brand new song, “Public Enemy No. 1” on July 9 at the Sonisphere festival in Amnéville, France can be seen below.
“Public Enemy No. 1” performance on July 9 at Sonisphere festival, Amnéville, France