In a brand new interview with Loudwire, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine was asked about the title track of the band’s new album, “Super Collider”, which seems to be a bit of a departure from MEGADETH‘s usual fare in that it has a more mainstream rock quality to it.
“Not to dispute your opinion, because I totally agree with you that it is a departure, but we have had songs that were kind of like that,” Mustaine said. “‘Symphony [Of Destruction]’ was kind of simple; ‘Foreclosure [Of A Dream]’ was kind of simple; ‘A Tout Le Monde’ was kind of simple and for the average guitar player it’s a little bit harder because of the spread on the chords and stuff like that. They were probably a little more, dare I say, poppier than ‘Black Friday’ or something like that.”
He continued: “I think that as a whole, the vibe of ‘Super Collider’, the record, all the songs on it, it’s pretty expansive. I really went as deep into the color wheel as I could with different types of songs and the different topics — we’re talking about Alzheimer’s, we’re talking about depression, we’re talking about betrayal, teenage pregnancy, all kinds of stuff. I didn’t intend any of these things to happen like that, I just got so sick of watching the news and the way that it was making me feel, the stuff that I was saying, the stuff that I was tweeting, the stuff that I was reading and writing — it was really having a negative affect on me.”
He added: “I figured that I just need to write from my heart and not from my head anymore; my head gets in the game and I start thinking about, ‘I like this, I don’t like that and if you don’t like this, then I need to tell you what’s going on. I know better because I watch the news on TV and you have no idea, because you don’t sit in a hotel room for 24 hours a day watching friggin’ news. I think just backing away from all that stuff and just getting back to what makes MEGADETH ‘MEGADETH‘ — it’s a metal band for the people, by the people, of the people, where we sing about what we have in common not about what I watch on the news and how mad it makes me.
“It’s not just politics. I watched something over here — they were dragging one of these country men in one of these African nations, and I watched this one guy jump up in the air and kick this guy in the head and his head hit an abutment on the road and it bounced so he sat right back up and he fainted — and that stuff just pisses me off. I had to change the channel because I don’t know if it’s the dad in me, or I got soft, or you just get older and you have little lives depending on you. If the fans got to me and I started realizing, ‘Hey, you know what, you do influence these guys with your behavior and what you say, but I kind of lost sight of that and I’m glad that I was able to make a record that is more in line with who I am as a person.”