MEGADETH’s DAVE MUSTAINE: ‘Nothing Makes Me Feel As Good As Thrash Metal’


In a recent interview with Sakis Fragos from Rock Hard GreeceMEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine paid a tribute to thrash metal.

“It’s remarkable that I can still play. I am glad I’m still playing,” Mustaine says. “I don’t want to play if the fans think I shouldn’t be playing. If we started doing music that wasn’t heavy and it wasn’t thrash, I would probably not want to do it anymore.”

“Thrash metal music is one of those things that makes you feel alive inside.”

“I can’t remember anything that I’ve ever experienced that makes me feel as good as thrash metal – not a drug, not a drink, not a person, not a thing.”

Elsewhere in the conversation, Mustaine shares his biggest annoyance regarding the music industry, stating: “I guess the thing that annoys me the most in the music business is people who don’t know what they’re doing, and I think that’s pretty normal.”

“Whenever you come across people who don’t know what they’re doing, it’s hard to be around them, you know? It’s hard, because they want to come across like they know stuff, and a lot of times, there are people that can help, but more often than not, they don’t help.”

In September 2022, MEGADETH‘s latest studio album, The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!, made an impressive debut, seizing the third position on the Billboard 200 chart during its initial week of release.

It also topped several other charts including Top Album Sales, Top Current Albums Sales, Top Rock & Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, and Top Hard Rock Albums. Globally, The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead! was MEGADETH’s most successful chart-topper till date. It secured the first position in Finland, ranked second in Australia, Poland, Switzerland, and Scotland, and stood third in the U.K, along with several other commendable positions.