DAVE MUSTAINE Talks Dystopia Album - “It Just Depends On What Your Taste Is If There’s A MEGADETH Song On This Record For You Or Not”
October 30, 2015, 5 years ago
Ahead of their show at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland with Lamb Of God and Children Of Bodom in support on November 9th, Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine spoke with The Irish Sun about a number of topics, including the band’s upcoming new album, Dystopia, an album that pleases himself, first and foremost.
Dave says: “I think sometimes when you are playing with somebody, you can maybe take things for granted, and maybe sometimes you get into a place where you’re not really challenging yourself. I’m not saying this about any particular lineup, but this is something that’s been going on for a very long time where I wasn’t thinking along the lines of making a record for myself anymore.
“When you go in to make a record, if you’re making a record for other people, there’s a 50/50 chance you’re going to hit the mark. When you’re making it for yourself, and you’re making it to make yourself happy — if you made yourself happy, you win.
“I’ve found over the years that records the fans gravitate towards most are the ones I’ve written for myself — not trying to guess what they like, but making myself happy. And we have similar taste.”
“Fatal Illusion is one of the strong songs on the record. But there are many different songs on the record. I think some are a lot heavier, some are a lot more accessible, and it just depends on what your taste is if there’s a Megadeth song on this record for you or not.”
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Megadeth will issue a 12” single as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday on November 27th. The single will include two new tracks from the band’s upcoming Dystopia album, “The Threat Is Real” and “Foreign Policy“.
Now in its eighth year, Record Store Day is an annual day-long celebration of record store culture taking place on the third Saturday in April, with an annual Black Friday event occurring the day after Thanksgiving. This year, RSD has named Dave Grohl as Record Store Day Ambassador 2015.
Megadeth will kick off 2016 with the release of their 15th studio album Dystopia on Universal Music Enterprises /Tradecraft / T-Boy Records on January 22nd. With musical architect and band visionary Dave Mustaine at the helm, Dystopia was recorded in Nashville, TN, and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Gojira, Avenged Sevenfold).
The rest of the Megadeth lineup is comprised of David "Junior" Ellefson on bass, new member Kiko Loureiro (Angra) on guitar, and drummer Chris Adler, who took time away from Lamb Of God to record Dystopia. The result marks a true return to form, adding new blood and injecting a new burst of creative energy into the new album.
Featuring 11 brand new tracks, Dystopia will be released on both CD and LP, as well as digitally through all online partners. "Fatal Illusion" is the first track released from the album, which can be heard below.
According to a press release, Dystopia weaves together Dave Mustaine's intricate and unique songwriting style, trademark leads and lightning riffs with harmonious precision, paying homage to Megadeth’s influential roots while continuing to break new and heavy ground.
“Death From Within”
“Conquer... Or Die!"
“Lying In State”
“Me Hate You”
“The Emperor's New Clothes”
“Bullet To The Brain”
“Last Dying Wish”
“Post American World”
“Look Who's Talking”
“The Threat Is Real”
“Melt The Ice Away” (Budgie cover)
“Foreign Policy” (Fear cover)