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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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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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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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