Dave Mustaine has returned to studio to lay down vocals for new MEGADETH album.
Band posted along with the picture: “Vocals are being laid down and they sound KILLER! Quiet when recording please…”
In a recent interview with U.K.’s TotalRock Radio, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson discuss how global pandemic will impact on releasing band’s upcoming album.
“We’re working on album number sixteen, and just finishing it up now,” Ellefson said. “We’ve got a big year of touring lined up — festivals in Europe; the big ‘The Metal Tour Of The Year’ is rescheduled for July and August this year; Rock In Rio in Brazil in September. And it’s all confirmed, but it depends on what — COVID has a say in this matter, unfortunately.
“So there’s this undecided third factor spinning over there with the pandemic that we’re just all doing the best we can to play around that,” he continued. “And the same with the MEGADETH release schedule, being able to put things out. We’re gonna wanna be able to get on the road and promote it. It doesn’t make sense to drop a brand new record in the middle of a pandemic and not be able to support that.
“And so if that means we have to push things back a little bit so that it can be the most effective to tour it and support it, then I’m sure those are decisions that are being made… Quite honestly, those are decisions that get updated pretty much weekly inside the MEGADETH camp.”
Mustaine recently revealed that tentative title for the new MEGADETH album is The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead.
This past November, Mustaine spoke about the upcoming MEGADETH album on Full Metal Jackie: “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,” Dave said. “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,” Mustaine 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.
He added: “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…’”