Dave Ellefson reveals new Megadeth album written but recording postponed due to coronavirus
Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon for Canada’s The Metal Voice.
Ellefson was asked about the upcoming new Megadeth studio album, which will follow up 2016’s Dystopia. The bassist replied (with slight edits): “We have been working on it, it’s written and ready to be recorded. We were going to start recording it towards the end of March but of course Covid-19 happened. We were going to go to Nashville and start cutting tracks for the album but with everything shutting down we obviously had to postpone. Once the lock down lifts and it is safe, we will be ready to rock ASAP.
In terms of the musical direction of the new Megadeth album, Ellefson indicated: “I think it’s a great record. It’s very heavy with a lot of fast thrashing stuff. There is a vibe that feels very cohesive between the four members as we all worked on the album together. We spent a lot of time as a band. Last summer before Dave‘s [Mustaine] throat cancer treatments, we were all working on the album and that added a whole different angle to the flavour of the record. That’s how we used to make all our early albums — writing, pre-production and rehearsing together. There is a feeling on this record that we want this to be a band effort.”
With respect to what the new Megadeth album will sound like, Ellefson revealed: “I think it’s a combination of all the Megadeth records cause you can’t help by not being influenced a little bit by your own past. We have everything from that thrashy stuff from Killing Is My Business [… And Business Is Good!] and Peace Sells [… But Who’s Buying?], to the more refined moments of Youthanasia and Cryptic Writings. So I think the albums going to have a little bit of everything, so that is good news for Megadeth fans.”
You can read other excerpts from the interview with Dave Ellefson at The Metal Voice‘s website and/or listen to the interview below:
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