Megadeth Confirm Recordings For Their New Album Are “Underway”

The band’s next record will be the long-awaited follow-up to 2016’s celebrated ‘Dystopia’.

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Megadeth's Dave Ellefson: Photo by Mike Lewis Photography/Redferns

Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson has confirmed recordings for his band’s new album – the follow-up to 2016’s Dystopia are “underway” in a new interview with The Metal Circus.

“Recording happens in various stages”, he said. “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.”

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He continued: “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.”

Speaking about whether fans can expect to hear the traditional Megadeth sound on the upcoming LP or if there will be some surprises, Ellefson said: “There’s a saying, you have your whole life to write your first record, and then you have about a year to write your second one. And once you put the first one out, the die is cast — now there is sort of a sound that people expect when they hear the next record.

“And if album two is too much of a departure, people go, ‘Eh, this is kind of weird. I like the first one better.’ And I think with Megadeth, this is album sixteen, so we have a lot of experience doing this. We’ve been able to expand and try a lot of different things.”

Elsewhere in Megadeth news, the first leg of the band’s North American tour with Lamb Of God, Trivium and In Flames will be rescheduled for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The first leg of the 55-date trek tour was supposed to kick off on 12 June at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, and wrap on 1 August at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California. The second run was due to launch on 2 October at iTHINK Financial Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida, and conclude on 13 November at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada.

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