Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine spoke in an interview with Trunk Nation and said that Metallica poached Cliff Burton from Trauma. Here’s the statement:

“I don’t really think there was a decision to be made. Chris -Adler- is a part of Lamb of God and that was his first love.

We would have liked to have had him in Megadeth, but he was a member of Lamb of God. I’m not a homewrecker; I don’t like to break bands up. I know when Cliff left Trauma to join Metallica, that really bothered me ’cause of some of the stuff people said that were Trauma fans – they said some nasty stuff about us.

I remember that, and I promised myself I’m never gonna poach people from other people’s bands. If there’s somebody I wanna play with, I’m gonna make sure that they’re not in a band with someone else at the time.”

He also talked about release date of their upcoming album:

I don’t think it’s gonna happen this year. Even if we started right now assembling all the parts and stuff, I don’t wanna rush it, because… Just the beauty of being able to get in there and play, like I was saying, with Kiko, because he has such a depth of guitar playing. For me, it’s really rewarding because I learned so much stuff watching him play.”

Click here to entire interview.