It’s been about three years since Megadeth have released their Grammy winning album Dystopia. For some time now, Dave Mustaine and co have mentioned their new album will be among the heaviest as they’ve shared a sample back in November. In a recent interview with Music Radar, Mustaine had the following to say in regards to the bands new album.

“Whenever I’ve been home, I’ve been working on new music from 10 in the morning to seven at night,” he said. “My co-producer Chris Rakestraw from the ‘Dystopia’ team has been helping with pre-production on songs. I have about eight songs and there’s one which is just unanimously everyone’s favorite, which is great… I’m not saying there’s only one good song so far though, haha! Let’s just say whenever I have that first song everyone gets excited about, I know I’m on my way to another great record…

We’re going to do 12 or 13 tracks this time,” he continued. “My contract says I’m only supposed to do eight songs a record and I just can’t do that — it feels like cheating.

When I grew up listening to vinyl, it was a lot easier to buy a record and be happy with 45 minutes of music. When the digital world came, the paradigm changed — a musical offering needs a lot more. People aren’t satisfied and hit fast-forward a lot. So right now, we know we’re off to a good start; this new material is only going to get better and better…”

This will be the bands first album featuring Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork) who has heavy shoes to fill given who was behind the kit for Megadeth’s most recent album (Chris Alder). Don’t forget to catch Megadeth this summer on the road with Ozzy along with their own cruise. Megadeth’s greatest hits album Warheads on Foreheads will be released this Friday (22nd) and you can pre-order your copy here. While 2019 marks the mega year for Megadeth, the group will also release a graphic novel Death by Design on June 5th.