Megadeth bassist David Ellefson recently revealed he was headed down to Nashville to begin recording Megadeth's long-awaited new album. Now in an interview with The Metal Circus, Ellefson confirms he and drummer Dirk Verbeuren (ex-Soilwork) have been in the studio recording their tracks. He also adds Megadeth has been writing the album since 2017.
"Recording happens in various stages. First, the basic tracks, which, for us, is bass and drums. And then the rhythm guitars, and then starting to put some vocals down and solos and all the embellishments of extra guitars and whatever layers of melody and stuff. The main thing, the first thing we wanted to get done was drums and bass, so me and Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] were working on that this last week.
"So, look, it's underway. I think that's the good news now — the album is officially underway. We've been writing it since late 2017 — our last show was in Buenos Aires, Argentina back in November of 2017. And then the intention from there was just to get started composing. But it's on its way — the ship is sailing, which is great."
Ellefson recently said the new record is "heavy. There's a lot of really fast thrashing stuff. And a lot of it is that the vibe is — it feels very cohesive between the four of us." Which is very in line with what we've heard the band tease in the past.