Super Collider was easily Megadeth’s most polarizing album since Risk. And love it or hate it (most people, um, didn’t love it), the album was one of their more successful albums, debuting in the top ten on Billboard. However, according to bassist David Ellefson, they’re not going to make Super Collider Part Deux . Calling their 14th album a summation of their 30 year career, during an interview with Rock Song of the Day, he says that they’ll likely take a different direction for album #15.
Every album offers something a bit different. I think Super Collider was this serendipitous moment that encompassed variety from our 30-year career, which was ironic since it actually was our 30-year anniversary last year! It wasn’t planned that way, it just sort of happened. But, moving forward there is a feeling within the band now to take a different approach on the next record, one that probably means new locations, new producers/engineers, and so forth.
That means that Johnny K, who produced both Super Collider and it’s predecessor Th1Rt3en, will likely not be at the helm. It also means that despite his appearance on the album’s “Dance in the Rain,” Disturbed/Device frontman David Draiman most likely won’t pop up on the band’s next album, either. It doesn’t seem like there’s any sort of timeline for the next album, but given that they’ve just signed a new publishing deal that covers their material from Super Collider on, it’s probably in their best interest to get into the studio before too long and write another album.