During a recent episode of his Gimme Radio‘s “The Dave Mustaine Show,” MEGADETH mainman offered an update on the progress of the recording sessions for the band’s follow-up to 2016’s Dystopia album.
“Lyrics, all done. Singing, almost all done. Guitar solos, in the process. And all the other little things that go on the record — the ear candy, the background vocals, the keyboards and percussion stuff — is also going down as we speak,” Dave said. “[We’re] getting solos sent from Finland by [MEGADETH‘s Brazilian-born lead guitarist] Kiko [Loureiro], which is a really cool thing. And I just got a really cool lyric from [MEGADETH bassist] David Ellefson sent over.
“Now it’s my job to finish writing his lyric and make it into a song. And then that is going to be the last lyric on the record. So I’m pretty stoked. And I can’t wait to tell you what cover song we chose for this record. I’ll tell you soon. I think you’ll get it. I’ve been giving you guys hints for a while. But I haven’t really let anybody know.”
Mustaine recently revealed that tentative title for the new MEGADETH album is The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead.
In a recent interview with U.K.’s TotalRock Radio, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson discussed 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.”