Thrash icon Dave Mustaine announced he’s working on a new book that details the making of Megadeth’s seminal album Rust In Peace, titled Building the Perfect Beast.
Co-written by Mustaine and Joel Selvin, the book is due out on 8 September, according to its publisher, Hachette Books.
The book synopsis promises stories of “alcohol, drugs, sex, money, power, property, prestige, the lies the band was told by the industry-and the lies they told each other” and chronicles how their 1990 album came together.
After adding lead guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza to join bassist David Ellefson and himself to the band, Mustaine created the “classic” Megadeth line-up, which led to Rust in Peace.
Mustaine called Friedman the “secret weapon” that came into the band and challenged him and the rest of the group to play harder, in a recent interview with Sound Of Vinyl.
Many years (and albums) later, Rust in Peace’s ‘Hangar 18’ and ‘Holy Wars … the Punishment Due’ remain fixtures of the band’s live sets.
The band are currently on tour in Europe with Five Finger Death Punch, after they were forced to take a hiatus following Mustaine’s cancer diagnosis.
Last year the frontman told Rolling Stone, “I’m on the other side of the majority of the treatment, and I feel really strong. After the radiation, the guy said all of my test results looked amazing and then the oncologist said the same thing: ‘You look really strong.’ So we kept moving through the process.”
In the same interview, Mustaine also teased new material, that includes ‘The Dogs of Chernobyl’, ‘Faster Than Anything Else’ and ‘Rattlehead, Part Two’, all working titles.
While no official cover has been revealed, the book is available for pre-order and is billed as: “a story of perseverance, of scraping off the rust off that builds over time on everything: ourselves, our relationships, pop culture, art, and music”.
Building the Perfect Beast: The Creation of Megadeth’s ‘Rust in Peace’ can be pre-ordered here.