The new Megadeth album officially has a due date, according to vocalist and guitarist Dave Mustaine in an interview with Full Metal Jackie. The due date is completely unknown outside the band's inner circle, but still! New Megadeth is coming!
"I just found out yesterday, believe it or not, we got our delivery date, when they want me to have the record turned in by," said Mustaine.
"I've had a pretty busy last two years. We were getting ready to start to record, and then stuff started going wrong with my throat, and we found out about the [throat] cancer. The treatment for the cancer was completed in six months, which was mind-blowing for me. But besides that, there were so many other things that had gone wrong — we have the pandemic here, and we have all these things that are going on. The work that I do that affects the people around me, it affects me 'cause I care so much about our fans.
"When we were out doing the Hendrix thing ['Experience Hendrix' tour] last year, we came back to just get started on the record," he continued. "I thought, 'Okay, we're gonna blast through this.' And then, boom, here comes the pandemic, and everything drops down a couple of gears. But you know what? We're still working every day, and the record's getting done.
"It's funny 'cause every person that I know — well, not every person, but the people that I know that know I'm writing a new record, and God bless 'em — they all go, 'So, are you gonna write about the coronavirus?' And I'm thinking, 'Well, now there's a thought…'"
In recent interviews, Mustaine said the new material is up there with Countdown to Extinction and Rust in Peace, and bassist David Ellefson has called the record "insanely progressive". New drummer Dirk Verbeuren (ex-Soilwork) may have also contributed a song to the record.