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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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David Ellefson Releases Kenya Thrash Blend

Ellefson Coffee Co. has officially unleashed a second blend called Kenya Thrash. Packaged in a distinctive red metallic bag, Kenya Thrash is a bold high-octane blend of 90% Kenya-Kichwa Arabica Beans, and 10% India Robusta, roasted with a kick.

An earthy and savory blend, with distinct notes of Grapefruit and Black Pepper, Kenya Thrash is a guaranteed wake up call to body and taste buds.

Kenya Thrash is the follow-up to previous blend Roast In Peace. David Ellefson comments: “My love for coffee has accompanied me around the world for my entire musical career. Just like the spirit of a culture or the melody of a song, the enjoyment of coffee brings people together and creates harmony among us.

"The beans in this bag are traceable to their global origin and exemplify the spirit and culture of the people who grew them. It is my aim to bring this roast to our tables and awake our taste buds, fire up our rock n roll spirits and continue the global fellowship of music, art and coffee. May you, Roast in Peace!" More...

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Get With The Metal: Graspop & Hellfest Live Stream

The annual Graspop Festival (from Belgium) and Hellfest (from France) are in full stream this week and throughout the weekend. Both have live streams available.

As for Graspop, you can check out two channels of live metal at this location.

Among the many acts to check out: Arcturus, Heaven Shall Burn, Moonspell, Dark Funeral,
God Dethroned, Dropkick Murphys, Steak, Sacred Reich and much more.

As for Hellfest, there is a page with multiple live streams for each day and stage, which can be accessed over here.

Among the many acts to check out:

Today (06/17/2016) (all times in CET):

18h35 Inquisition
19h30 Sacred Reich
20h30 Korpiklaani
21h35 Overkill
22h40 Aura Noir
23h45 Testament
00h45 Abbath More...

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Video Recap Of Megadeth's Carolina Rebellion Show

Pro-shot filmed video footage of Megadeth's performance at this year's edition of the Carolina Rebellion festival, which was held May 6-8 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC, can be seen below.

The band played its first show with Soilwork drummer Dirk Verbeuren on May 20 at the Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, OH. Megadeth recruited Verbeuren to play drums for the band while Chris Adler is busy touring with Lamb Of God.

The setlist of this video recap: More...

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Nick Menza Passes Away

Reports are coming in that former Megadeth member Nick Menza passed away on May 21st during a set with Ohm that took place in California.

Blabbermouth reported this morning: "Nick collapsed during the third song of OHM:'s set. Earliest reports indicate he suffered a massive heart attack and was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital. No other details are being released at this time."

Since then, Ohm has posted this brief message online via Facebook: "RIP Nick Menza. In the brief time I knew you, it was a pleasure. We will miss you 'Machine.'"

Nick was primarily active with Megadeth during the '89 - '98 era. Ohm also recently posted a video of Nick's drumming, which can be seen below. More...

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Ozzfest And Knotfest Combining

Remember that new collaboration teased via Twitter between Ozzy and Slipknot back when it looked like Ozzy had gone missing? Turns out Ozzfest and Knotfest are going to combine together.

The news was announced today in an event at Los Angeles today where Sharon and Ozzy appeared together with the members of Slipknot (check out footage below).

This new combined festival is set for Saturday, September 24 (Ozzfest) and Sunday, September 25 (Knotfest) at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California. Tickets will go on sale May 20th. Confirmed bands include: More...

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Megadeth Premieres New 360° Music Video

Megadeth premieres a new 360° music video for "Poisonous Shadows", shot in VR to allow fans a unique visual experience with new material from their latest album "Dystopia".

Check out now "Poisonous Shadows" below.

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Just For Fun

Dave Mustaine Blames Obama For Batman Reception

This was obviously an April Fool's gag. For the full list of our 2016 jokes, head here.

Megadeth frontman and noted conspiracy theorist, Dave Mustaine has once again taken to the internet to give his ever concise and insightful political opinion. This time however, the veteran thrasher turns to the world of movies and the recent blockbuster, "Batman V Superman."

The movie has been on the receiving end of some very harsh reviews from critics and many moviegoers, save for fans of DC Comics, who seem convinced that Marvel paid off all film reviewers because it's "just a fun superhero movie," whilst simultaneously criticizing the public for not liking it because it was "too intelligent and philosophical" for them. Mustaine however, is as usual, convinced he's got the true answer.

"There's been much made of the reaction to visionary genius Zack Snyder's latest movie, with many placing the blame on Marvel and Disney. While I don't think they're completely innocent, we the American people must wake up and realise that our own so called President, Barack Obama is behind it! It may seem a strenuous claim but look closer at his name and you'll notice that there's no D there. No D = No D.C! Obama is trying to destroy the American icon that is Superman by trying to get everyone to hate the character's movie, just as he hates America! Mark my words, it won't be long until critics are bashing the Statue of Liberty, bald eagles and Wal-Mart too!"

Alex Jones, Ted Nugent, Donald Trump and Kid Rock could not be reached for comment, but did all like his post on Facebook.

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Rocklohama 2016 Adds More Bands

Onsite festival experience details and additional bands have been announced for the 10th year of Rocklahoma, set to be held May 27, 28 & 29 this year at the "Catch the Fever" Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK, just outside Tulsa.

Escape The Fate, Shaman’s Harvest, RavenEye and many more join Rocklahoma’s lineup of the best current rock artists and classic bands, which includes Scorpions, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth, Chevelle, 3 Doors Down, SIXX:A.M., Collective Soul, Sebastian Bach, and many more.

The three-day camping festival features music on three stages each day, as well as premium onsite camping amenities and VIP packages. In addition, the Rocklahoma campground stage hosts performances during the Thursday night campground party and in the afternoon and late night hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Full info on the lineup and vendors, as well as ticket details, can be found here. Registration for the Miss Rocklahoma competition is also underway now through April 20. Voting on the Top 10 finalists begins April 25 and five finalists will compete on stage at Rocklahoma for the chance to be named Miss Rocklahoma 2016. More...

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Suicidal Tendencies Tap Ex-Slayer Drummer Lombardo

Suicidal Tendencies has announced that former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo will be playing drums during the band's upcoming tour with Megadeth, Children Of Bodom and Havok.

States the band: "SxTx is beyond excited to announce the legendary Dave Lombardo will be playing drums for Suicidal on the upcoming Megadeth tour! You know what that means....it's gonna be CYCO and BRUTAL!!!"

Pictured...Dave Lombardo and Mike Muir. Photo by Pep WilliamsSxTx is beyond excited to announce the legendary Dave...

Posted by SUICIDAL TENDENCIES - OFFICIAL on Saturday, February 20, 2016

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Megadeth's "Dystopia" Plugged By Bill O'Reilly

We knew it wouldn't be long before Dave Mustaine was back in the news over Phil Anselmo. This time it's not for saying anything particularly outrageous, but rather for getting a mention on "The O’Reilly Factor" (although for some, that's not much different - but look on the bright side, at least it's not Alex Jones this time).

Turns out in a massive string of tweets Dave had going with fans over the last few days, he mentioned buying all of O'Reilly's books and then asked Bill to buy Megadeth's new album "Dystopia."

Somehow this actually got back to O'Reilly, who then gave a shoutout on his show, commenting "I'm an R&B guy, not really into hard rock, but I'll keep an open mind on these things."

Both the tweet that started it all and the segment on TV can be seen below. More...

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Megadeth Premieres New Song "Dystopia"

Following the premieres of "Fatal Illusion" and "The Threat Is Real" (over at the Megadeth official website), Megadeth has launched the title track from the band's upcoming album "Dystopia", which arrives January 22, 2016 and follows the 2013 full-length release "Super Collider".

Check out now "Dystopia" below.

The new album's track listing is as follows: More...

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Metal Musicians React to Lemmy’s Death

While we’re all still reeling from the news of Lemmy's death, the metal world is paying tribute to the legendary Motörhead bassist/singer.

Dozens of metal celebrities have been posting a few words and personal memories in his honor.

A few highlights from the flood of posts can be found below:



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Megadeth Premieres New Animated Music Video

Megadeth premieres a new animated music video for the band's latest single "The Threat Is Real", taken from the upcoming new album "Dystopia", which will be out in stores January 22nd.

Check out now "The Threat Is Real" below.

Megadeth will be out on a North American tour coming February with Suicidal Tendencies, Children Of Bodom and Havok. Check out all dates below: More...

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Havok Joining Megadeth On Tour

Havok will kick off the band's first major North American tour of 2016 supporting Megadeth February 20th in Dallas, Texas on the "Dystopia World Tour." Vocalist / guitarist David Sanchez comments:

"Every member of Havok is beyond stoked about this upcoming tour that'll have us playing alongside legends. Fans of metal will not want to miss this amazing lineup, as it's one of the best tour packages to hit the continent in years.

"Each of us has dreamt about playing with all three of these bands since we were teenagers and to see it coming to fruition is absolutely unreal. Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies, and Children of Bodom have all influenced Havok's sound and we cannot wait to rip with these stellar bands. This is a dream come true."

Havok will also make the band's Century Media album debut in early 2016, stay tuned for more details and catch the band live: More...

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Monster Energy Rock Fort 2016 Details Announced

After three consecutive sellouts, Monster Energy Fort Rock is expanding to two days - Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 2016 - at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.

South Florida’s "Biggest Rock Festival" will feature performances from rock icon/filmmaker Rob Zombie, the return of Disturbed (after a 4-year hiatus), Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, Megadeth, 3 Doors Down, Sixx:A.M., Lamb Of God, and more.

Visit this location for the most current information on the festival and ticket pricing info.

Brent Smith of Shinedown says, "Fort Myers, Florida, are you ready? Because we are!!! We are so honored to be playing Fort Rock. We look forward to seeing everyone. Rock FOREVER!!!”

Jeremy Spencer of Five Finger Death Punch adds, “We’re pumped to once again be part of the World’s Loudest Month and are ready to kick things off properly like we did two years ago at Fort Rock.”

"With three straight years of sellout shows, we are excited to expand Monster Energy Fort Rock to two days,” says Clay Busch, Head of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships for festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents. “We’ve doubled down with the biggest Fort Rock to date. Fort Myers’ hunger for rock continues to grow and our show has expanded to meet that demand. We look forward to bringing this amazing lineup to South Florida in 2016." More...

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Megadeth Posts New Song Online

Following the premiere of "Fatal Illusion" last month (and still streaming here), Megadeth has launched another track from upcoming album "Dystopia."

Check out new song "The Threat Is Real" over at the Megadeth official website here.

Upcoming album "Dystopia" arrives January 22, 2016 and follows the 2013 full-length release "Super Collider." The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Threat Is Real
2. Dystopia
3. Fatal Illusion
4. Death from Within
5. Bullet to the Brain
6. Post American World
7. Poisonous Shadows
8. Conquer or Die
9. Lying in State
10. The Emperor
11. Foreign Policy (Fear cover)

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Marty Friedman Premieres "Amagi Goe" Playthrough

Shred metal legend, Marty Friedman takes to the EMGtv stage for the first time with this performance of "Amagi Goe". Known for his solo work, years in Megadeth, and beside fellow guitar virtuoso, Jason Becker in Cacophony, Marty brings dynamics and soul like no other in his genre.

You can now check out Marty performing "Amagi Goe" below.

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Dave Mustaine Slams Fired Guitar Tech

It's that time again - having been awhile since Megadave put his foot in his mouth, now he's released a video online discussing why he fired a guitar tech after problems at last night's show in Brisbane (Australia).

The clip, available below, showcases Dave's sterling personality explaining how the tech was a "total waste of skin and life" although in his defense at least this time Dave's rage was focused on giving the fans the best show possible, and not on some political or religious bullshit.

He apologizes to the fans attending the show, stating they "deserve way better than this jerkoff did tonight" and goes on to further the slam the tech stating "But you know what the funny thing is? He has to live with himself. And as of like right now, I'll never see his stupid fucking ass again."

So did anybody catch the show and see what the problem was that got Dave so irate? Let us know what went down in the comments below.

Megadeth's lineup has been shaken up lately with the departure of Drover and Broderick to create new band Act Of Defiance, being replaced by Chris Adler and Kiko Loureiro. Megadeth is also gearing up to release new album "Dystopia" early next year, with an advance track online and available for streaming over here.

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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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OpEd

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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