Out today (January 22) is Dystopia, the latest album from Megadeth and the thrash group's first since 2013's Super Collider.
A great deal happened during the interim, including the loss of two members -- guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover, replaced by Angra guitarist Kilo Loureiro and Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler -- a couple of management changes and a botched attempt to reunite the group's "Rust In Peace" lineup.
Frontman Dave Mustaine tells us that the issues were frustrating but ultimately fueled him to make a great album:
"There's an old saying that when you find silver, when you heat it up, all the bad stuff comes to the surface and then it's the silversmith's gig to clear away that dross, the stuff that's on top, every time. Every time we would have one of these meltdowns, by the grace of God I've been able to figure out how to turn that conflict into something that makes us better every time, and I do think it's a tremendous motivator. For me, I have certain things that motivate me. For other people it may not motivate them. Revenge, anger, complacency, stuff like that, those are things that really motivate me when. When I feel like I'm not doing my best I get angry at myself. When someone says something and challenges me, I get angry and I get motivated."
Megadeth has also released a new video for Dystopia's title track as well as Virtual Reality performances of five of the album's songs on its web site. The group begins a North American tour on February 20 in Dallas and also has European dates on tap for the early summer.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.