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Megadeth Working On New Album

Following their 2022 ‘The Sick, the Dying… and the Dead!’ LP, the iconic Trash metal band Megadeth are “actively working” on their next studio album.

In a interview with Portugal’s ‘Metal Global,’ bass guitarist James LoMenzo said “We’re actively working on music right now.” “We’re talking with Dave [Mustaine, Megadeth’s singer/guitarist] every day. Dave really wants to do another record and just get something fresh out there.”

In place of James who did not play on the previous project, session player Steve Di Giorgio stepped in to record the bass parts,

Having replaced David Ellefson, who was let go amid a sex scandal, LoMenzo added “The last one I thought was great.” “When I had just joined the band, they just finished recording it. I begged, I pleaded, I said, ‘I know, I know, I know, but could I please play bass on this?’ ’Cause there’s a few things I had heard were so great.” “And they were, like, ‘We’ve been doing this for two years. We just have to get on the road. It’s done.’ I was, like, ‘All right.’” “But Steve Di Giorgio did an amazing job. I really love the way he played on this. And I enjoy playing his style.”

While Dave was going through treatment for throat cancer in 2019, he still soldiered on with the recording, however, the hardest part of all was dealing with “chemo brain”.

In a 2022 interview with Total Guitar he stated “I think it did (distract him), to a degree.” “The toughest part wasn’t the process of going through all the radiation and chemotherapy, a lot of the cancer medication they gave me f***** with my memory really bad.” “They call it chemo brain, so I’ve been having a hard time staying in the moment, but it’s getting better.”

When questioned about the possibility of retiring, Dave insisted that for as long as he can still pick up and play his instrument, he’ll keep shredding.

“When I got sick I had been talking a lot about playing out a little less.” “Now, if anything, I want to tour more and just carry on until the end when I actually can’t do it anymore.” “I’m not talking about the time when I don’t want to do it anymore.” “I mean when it’s not possible for me to do.” “When I can’t do it, that’s when I’m not gonna want to do it” he said.

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Ingo Hoffmann