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Below is our complete Megadeth news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Megadeth Premieres Brand New Song "Fatal Illusion"

Megadeth today premieres the first new track entitled "Fatal Illusion" taken from the band's upcoming album "Dystopia," due out January 16th via Universal Music.

It's the first taste of Megadeth's current lineup featuring Lamb Of God‘s Chris Adler on drums and Kiko Loureiro of Angra on guitar.

Check out "Fatal Illusion" below, while the album's full track listing is available after the jump.


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Heavy Metal Video Games: The Return Of Music Games

With the king of music games about to make a triumphant return in less than two weeks, it seemed like a good time to take another look at the limited offerings available where video games collide with heavy metal.

For those who missed our previous three articles discussing various games with heavy metal soundtracks, be sure to go back and check 'em out (and let us know if you end up playing or re-playing any of these gems!):

Part 1: the amazing Brutal Legend, Saints Row III, Killing Floor 2, Pain Killer, and Guilty Gear X2 Reload

Part 2: Splatterhouse, Twisted Metal 2, The Witcher's bonus music disc, and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost And The Damned.

Part 3 (the retro edition!): Rock And Roll Racing, Beavis And Butthead, F-Zero X, Earthbound, and Heavy Metal Geomatrix

Rock Band

There was this utterly glorious time where console gaming was flush with a stable lineup of music games and every weekend involved a bottle of something hard and your best friends making drunken fools of themselves in your living room till 2 AM. Typically your neighbors would not be amused, but fuck them because they don't like metal anyway.

Unfortunately that time died when Activision decided to flood the market with an absurd number of Guitar Hero entries and the era of the music game came to a sudden, crashing halt.

Obviously the Rock Band titles had plenty of rock tunes, but a handful of legitimate metal was also involved in the various incarnations and weekly DLC updates, adding in the likes of Emperor, Machine Head, and a whole lot more. Where things really took off was in the Rock Band Network, which let bands make their own tracks, seeing tons of underground groups add in their own music.

It was a truly sad day when Harmonix announced there would be no more DLC coming to Rock Band back in 2013, but an unexpected light at the end of the tunnel appeared just a few months ago. Back in March, Harmonix made a whole lot of fans happy by officially announcing Rock Band 4, which seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream up till that point.

Due out October 6, Rock Band 4's launch lineup of metal will include Dream Theater, Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, Baby Metal, System Of A Down, and more, with loads of metallic downloadable songs no doubt prepped and ready to drop each week.

Needless to say I'm greatly looking forward to it, except that unfortunately Guitar Hero is also returning. Maybe Activision can keep it in its pants this time around and not kill music gaming again by releasing six or so games a year.


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Metal Allegiance Posts "We Rock" Music Video

Metal Allegiance premieres another new music video for the band's cover of Dio's “We Rock“, taken from the band's self-titled debut album, which is out now in stores via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The supergroup's core musicians include Megadeth‘s David Ellefson, Testament‘s Alex Skolnick and Mike Portnoy of The Winery Dogs/ex-Dream Theater.

Joining them on "We Rock" are Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Chuck Billy (Testament), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Phil Demmel (Machine Head) and Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus) with additional lead guitars.

Check it out now below.

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Metal Allegiance Premieres New Music Video

Metal Allegiance premieres a new music video for the track "Gift Of Pain", taken from the band's self-titled debut album, which hits stores September 18th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The supergroup's core musicians include Megadeth‘s David Ellefson, Testament‘s Alex Skolnick and Mike Portnoy of The Winery Dogs. Joining them on "Gift Of Pain" are Lamb Of God's vocalist Randy Blythe and Gary Holt of Slayer/Exodus with a guest solo.

Check it out now below.

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Chris Broderick Discusses Leaving Megadeth

In a new interview with Guitar World, Chris Broderick discusses leaving Megadeth behind (along with Shawn Drover) and forming new band Act of Defiance. Excerpts from the interview follow.

GW: Was there a dress code in Megadeth?

There definitely was a dress code that he wanted to maintain for a Megadeth look. For me, with everything in this camp, I saw very early on that Dave is the owner of the company and he is the one that has the right to say how the company is presented and how it should look. The only time we had any issues was when I didn’t know a specific thing about how he wanted my appearance to be, and then I would find out as we went along. I saw it very early on as a job requirement and I felt that if the job is worth it to me then I would make those changes.

GW: Had you considered leaving the band in the past?

I was constantly weighing the positives against the negatives. I likened it to a lawyer that’s working for a firm and finally wants to break out and start his own firm or a chef that wants to open up his own restaurant. You have to deal with the corporate mannerisms from the company you’re working for. And once it gets to a point where you feel like you would be happier on your own, that’s when you finally to cut the cord. I had been thinking about what to do for a long time, but up until I decided to leave, I always felt the positives outweighed the negatives.

GW: When did that balance tip?

Not until the last quarter of 2014. I was dwelling on my lack of musical creativity in the band. Dave was getting ready to go in and do another CD and my heart just wasn’t in it because I knew I wasn’t going to have any artistic say in the definition of the album and the music. He was calling saying, “Hey, I want to get you guys down there.” The last thing I wanted to do was go down there and work on a partial CD and then say, “Hey, this isn’t for me.” It was just the right time to leave.

Act Of Defiance's debut full-length album "Birth and The Burial" is set for an August 21st release via Metal Blade Records.

Megadeth meanwhile has continued on with Kiko Louriero (Angra) on guitars and guest drummer Chris Adler and will soon reveal full details on a new album to follow "Super Collider." More...

Read the full article at GuitarWorld.com.

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Megadeth: Pro-Shot Footage Of New Lineup Posted

Megadeth's new lineup made its live debut - showcasing new members Kiko Louriero of Angra on guitars and guest drummer Chris Adler of Lamb of God - last Saturday at the Festival D'été De Québec, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Pro-Shot video footage of the performance can be seen now below.

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Megadeth Performs Live With New Lineup

After the departure of Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover late last year, Megadeth went on to recruit new members Kiko Louriero (Angra) on guitars and guest drummer Chris Adler (Lamb of God).

The new version of the lineup performed live at a festival in Quebec last night, and now fan-filmed footage of the event has hit the Internet.

See video of the live performance below, courtesy of YouTube users Nini Tornade, fernboy61, and Canal Chibata.

Megadeth has a new album on the horizon, which front man Dave Mustaine recently stated would be much more aggressive than "Super Collider."

Former members Broderick and Drover meanwhile formed new outfit Act of Defiance and will drop an album August 21st. Check out a music video off that upcoming release right here.


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Dave Mustaine: "The Music Is Really Aggressive"

In an interview with GuitarWorld.com, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine states the sound of the new album will be a dramatic shift from "Super Collider."

Mustaine comments: “I think a lot of people are gonna be happy, because the music is really aggressive again."

He also goes on to say, “I compiled stuff from things I laid down over a lot of years, on cassettes, microcassettes, even going back to floppy disc. I put all of it onto a hard drive, and it came out to more than 200 song ideas and riffs. Which is a pretty overwhelming number. We got that down to 13 songs.”

According to the article, three song titles to appear on album #15 are “The Emperor Has No Clothes,” “Tyranocide,” and “Poisonous Shadows.”

This upcoming album follows the departure of Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick and the recruitment of new member Kiko Louriero.

Read the full article at Guitarworld.com.

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Angra's Kiko Loureiro Officially Joins Megadeth

Well, its official. The rumored replacement for outgoing guitarist Chris Broderick has been confirmed as Angra's Kiko Louriero.

Mainman Dave Mustaine commented: "I first met Kiko around 8 years ago for a cover shoot for Burrn! magazine. I had no idea who he was, other than the fact he was tremendously talented and that the staff from Burrn! held him in high regard. Since then I've come to see what a guitar virtuoso he is, and I'm deeply encouraged by his depth and talent. Very few Megadeth alumni have had the same feel and ability as Kiko. As Frank Sinatra says, 'the best is yet to come!'"

Louriero becomes the 10th second guitarist for the band. Recently, Mustaine announced that Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler will replace Shawn Drover as a "guest." Drover and Broderick recently teamed up to form the new band Act of Defiance. More...

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Chris Adler To Guest On New Megadeth Album

After numerous photo and video-teases over the last weeks, it has now been finally made official that Megadeth hired drummer Chris Adler of Lamb Of God to play on the band's new album.

States Megadeth about the collaboration: "Dave Mustaine, the creative driving force behind original American metal and hard rock crossover giants Megadeth, and Chris Adler, drummer for the leaders of modern American heavy metal Lamb Of God, will join original bassist David Ellefson in the creation of Megadeth's anticipated forthcoming album. Adler will be appearing as a guest on the album and contributing his thundering, hard-hitting, and technically precise style and skill, adding new blood and drive into the mix while staying true to Megadeth's roots." More...

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First Video Of Chris Adler Tracking For Megadeth?

A short video clip of a drummer believed to be Lamb Of God's Chris Adler laying down tracks for Megadeth's new album has been posted on the band's official YouTube channel.

Last week a photo that was taken of Dave Mustaine and Chris Adler having a discussion at what appeared to be a fast-food restaurant posted on Twitter by former My Chemical Romance drummer Bob Bryar. If true, Adler's involvement with Megadeth would apparently be limited to studio work only.

Megadeth has yet to officially announce permanent replacements for drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick, who quit the group in 2014.

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Dave Mustaine & Chris Adler Photographed Together

A photo that was taken on Thursday, March 19th of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine and Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler having a discussion (courtesy of Twitter user @bobbryar).

Megadeth is rumored to have hired Chris Adler and Angra's guitarist Kiko Loureiro to play on the band's new album, which is currently being recorded in Nashville, Tennessee. More...

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The Harp Twins Cover Megadeth

The Harp Twins - Camille and Kennerly - are at it again, this time posting a harp cover of Megadeth's "A Tout le Monde," originally taken off the "Youthanasia" album.

Check out this new video from the twins below.

If you missed the previous clips, you can also see Camille and Kennerly covering Scorpions and Iron Maiden as well as a clip covering Deep Purple.

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Just For Fun

Viral Video: "The Big Four" 8-Bit Video Game

Filthy Frackers created an 8-bit video game trailer for "The Big Four" featuring none other than Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax in classic video game form.

The video takes classics such as Metallica’s "One", Slayer’s "Raining Blood", Megadeth's "Seating Bullets" and Anthrax's "Madhouse" and gives it a chiptune 8-bit twist, complete with video game visuals and cameos from the likes of Mario and Bowser in recreations of their songs.

Check out the full video below (courtesy of Loudwire).

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Shawn Drover Comments On New Band

Last month Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick both departed Megadeth and rumors began to swirl they were working on a new group together. Several days ago Drover posted this brief message online via Facebook:

"To answer many who have inquired, YES, myself and Chris Broderick have a new BAND (Not a 'project') TONS of info coming your way real soon, believe me!!!! #100%PUREMETAL!!!!!!!!!!!"

Now Drover has issued a lengthier statement online via Bravewords announcing further details about the project, which will also feature Henry Derek Bonner (ex-Scar The Martyr). Drover comments: More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 40

This week on the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast, we bring you yet another band hailing from Dayton, Ohio. This time it’s Four Star Revival, a four-piece Christian outfit dedicated to spreading the Good News not through screamo/hardcore - as has become inexplicably and irritatingly custom - but through an invigorating blend of hard rock, traditional and power metal.

Debut album “Knights Of The Revival” is out now, and we are proud to present and discuss the song “Hold On,” followed by an airing of “Red” at our sign-off.

Co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) has another ticket giveaway for Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live to announce, so tune in to hear the details. He also is eager to report on his experience at last month’s giveaway concert featuring The Ghost Inside, Every Time I Die, and Architects.

Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) reacts to the recent implosion of Megadeth’s lineup that saw drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick unceremoniously exit the band. He also has a few thoughts to express regarding the online reaction to the widely-publicized financial woes of former Creed frontman Scott Stapp.

And before you start hollering, for the record, NO, he does not think Creed was a “metal” band. To learn why he thinks this topic belongs in the discussion… you’ll just have to listen in!

You can do so here, and subscribe via iTunes and RSS feed.

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Body Of Mustaine's Mother-In-Law Apparently Found

Authorities believe they have found the body of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine‘s mother-in-law Sally Estabrook, who went missing on October 4.

According to CBS 8, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department reports that a body closely matching the description of the 75-year-old Estabrook was found Wednesday about a half mile near the campsite where she went missing. Estabrook had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Over the past weeks, search teams had spent time searching for Estabrook without any result.

Dave Mustaine, who had joined the search, had hoped that a caring person had found his mother-in-law and taken her in. Our sincere condolences go out to the Mustaine and Estabrook family. A news report about the case can be seen below.

CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Read the full article at CBS8.

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Broderick Follows Drover And Quits Megadeth

While Megadeth was supposedly recording a new album in 2015 to coincide with a tour next year, the four-piece are now a two piece, as guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover left the band separately just hours apart.

Drover as we reported earlier today, was the first to quit, releasing a statement stating he was pursuing his own music.

"After 10 years, I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests. I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as thanking all the amazing Megadeth fans around the world!!! I truly appreciate all of you. Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey."

Shortly after, Broderick, announced his exit via a statement on his official blog web site:

"Due to artistic and musical differences, it is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction. I want all of you to know how much I appreciate the amount that you the fans have accepted and respected me as a member of Megadeth for the last seven years, but it is time for me to move on. I wish Dave and everyone in Megadeth all the best. I am working on a few things of my own and hope that when they come out, you will all dig it. Until then,

"Chris. \m/"

Up to now there has been no official statement from Megadeth or Dave Mustaine.

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Megadeth Drummer Shawn Drover Quits

Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover has released the following statement about deciding to leave the band:

"After 10 years, I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests.

"I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as thanking all the amazing Megadeth fans around the world!!! I truly appreciate all of you. Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey." More...

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David Ellefson Posts Playthrough Video

Johnny Wore Black, the up-and-coming dark rock project featuring frontman / Hollywood-stuntman-by-day Jay and guest musician / co-writer Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), will release a brand new full-length, "Walking Underwater Pt. 2," on November 26th, 2014 via Dead Cherry.

Today, GearGods.net is hosting a brand new play through video featuring Dave Ellefson showcasing a bass riff from the JWB track "Firefly." Check out the video below.

"Walking Underwater Pt. 2" will be available for pre-order soon and was produced by Jay himself, with several tracks mixed by Grammy-award winning producer David Bottrill (Tool, Stone Sour). More...

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