Dave Mustaine Says The New Megadeth Album Ranks In The Top Five Of Their Career

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has compared the band's upcoming record to the likes of Rust In Peace and Peace Sells… But Who's Buying? in terms of quality.

Dave Mustaine Says The New Megadeth Album Ranks In The Top Five Of Their Career
Mcabe Gregg

Following on from bassist David Ellefson's recent praise for the new Megadeth record and how the band have been able to "expand and try a lot of different things", Dave Mustaine has also been discussing the follow-up to 2016’s Dystopia – and ranks it within the top five albums of their entire career.

As part of The Metal Tour Of The Year streaming event over the weekend, the frontman chatted to SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin confirmed that Megadeth have recorded a whopping 18 songs for their upcoming LP, with this new material sitting alongside classics in their discography like Rust In Peace and Peace Sells… But Who's Buying?.

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“I think this is probably in the top four records as far as towards the tip of the spear with our career and everything that we’re doing,” Dave enthuses. “It’s up there with Countdown [To Extinction], Rust In Peace and probably Peace Sells. The other one I would say is Dystopia. So that would round up my top five.”

The frontman also reveals that Megadeth had come up with 15 original songs while they were in the studio, before then throwing in a couple of covers for good measure.

“We got to the end, and I said, ‘Shoot, we didn’t think about the cover songs, man,’” he said. “We had a couple of songs we wanted to do for this record. ‘Damn, we forgot. What are we gonna do? Do you wanna still talk about it?’ ‘Yeah, we wanna talk about it.’

“So we ended up doing 18 songs altogether, and then we had another song that we forgot was part of one of the other songs, so we had 19. [We] ditched one of the cover songs, so now we’ve got an 18-song album that we’re gonna be bringing.”

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