Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine spoke in an interview with The Metal Voice from Canada and talked about the musical direction of the new Megadeth album to be released in 2019.
He also revealed the best way to writing new songs. Here’s the statement:
“I don’t how to answer that because if you want me to say what record it sounds like, it sounds like a combination of everything. When I write a riff if I don’t like it I don’t record it, if I do record it, I save it and if I don’t use it now I’ll use it at some point. There is a complete finished song left over from Dystopia that I forgot we did.
When were in the studio and you’re doing 16 songs and you’re working your ass off every day sometimes, somethings just slip through the cracks like this song. We’ve already got a huge head start on this new record. Kiko just came out to see me, Dirk was here before him and David Ellefson will be visiting me shortly to start playing some bass stuff.
We’re doing things a little bit differently this time we’re kind of approaching the songs one riff at a time and just kind of focusing on the riff and if the riff doesn’t sound good on its own and then why put it in a song? A lot of people when they write songs they’ll put a part in section in the song just because they need something in there. For me I don’t like doing that. I don’t want that one part of the song where there’s a weak spot.
I’ve tried just about every way to write a song over my career and I found this way’s probably the best way because if you have a riff and it’s not it’s not carrying its own weight and it doesn’t sound cool , how can it possibly sound cool to good lyrics over it.”
When asked if his lyrics on the new album will be politically inspired by the politics in USA today, Dave responded:
“I’ve kind of toned it down a little bit with the political stuff to where it’s more about being a one world kind of people, about the stuff that affects us as people not so much as citizens of any particular government or nation. Why I put an unnecessary walls up between us right. “
You can listen to the entire interview below.