Back in February, shortly after Megadeth’s Grammy win, frontman/guitarist Dave Mustaine mentioned he was thinking about recording a new album to release sometime next year. Then we heard the thrash giants would re-record Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good! with both Kiko and Dirk. However, in a brand new interview with Oklahoma City radio station KATT 100.5FM, Mustaine announced the group plan to return to the studio during the late fall to record a new album.
“We plan on going back in the studio. We’re probably gonna go back in and start throwing some ideas around at the end of the year. We were thinking about November or December, and actually spoke about it last night.”
2016’s Dystopia was one of the best metal albums of the year and it was much better than 2013’s Super Collider, which could be argued as the most disappointing metal albums in 2013. With that said, their next record will most likely arrive in 2018 and, there’s a good chance it would do just as well as Dystopia, or even better. It will be the first to include drummer Dirk Verbeuren (ex-Soilwork) and the second with Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro (Angra).
Additionally, Mustaine shared his thoughts on Verbeuren and former drummer, Chris Adler (Lamb of God):
“As good as Adler was, Dirk’s feet are more advanced. And I didn’t think that was possible, because Chris is such a great drummer. But there’s a reason why Chris recommended Dirk, and I love him for that. I think that he’s a really solid friend for making that recommendation, ’cause a lot of guys wouldn’t do that, but he’s a true friend, and I was stoked having him in the studio.
“[Dirk] is one of the most pleasant, easy-to-get-along-with guys I’ve ever met in my life. I’ll walk up to him and he’ll smile and lean forward and pat me on the back. He goes [adopts thin accent], ‘How’s it going, buddy?’ I could say, ‘Oh, man…’… anything. ‘Oh, okay, buddy.’ [He] smiles and pats me, ’cause he’s just a happy guy. I’ve never, ever, ever seen him not smile.”
It’s not just Mustaine that’s talking about the next album, David Ellefson was interviewed by Little Punk People, and along with talking about heaven, aliens and old school thrash bands he likes, Ellefson was also asked about the next record. “We’re talking about that now,” he said. “We’re starting to set our plans for later this year and next year. Little ideas are starting to come up, and we’re starting to get our minds around that.” Ellefson says they’re cataloguing riffs and ideas, and the next phase is putting said riffs together.