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Megadeth and Down Open for Heaven and Hell

According to postings on various venue web sites, Megadeth will be taking part in Heaven and Hell's Canadian tour, which will also include Down in the opening slot. An official tour announcement is expected shortly. Expected dates for the tour are as follows:

March 11 - Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum
March 13 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
March 14 - Calgary, AB @ Saddledome
March 16 - Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre
March 18 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
March 20 - Sault St. Marie, ON @ Steelback Centre
March 22 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
March 24 - London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
March 26 - Montreal, PQ @ Bell Centre
March 27 - Quebec City, PQ @ Colisee Pepsi Arena
March 28 - Ottawa, ON @ Civic Centre

In other news, http://www.black-sabbath.com/ has posted the following updates:

"OK, I got done listening to the Geezer Butler and Ronnie James Dio interviews with Eddie Trunk. I wasn't planning on staying up, as I was pretty tired, but I got into it. Was nice chatting with some of y'all over on Eddie's site during the show. Wanted to post a few updates based on what was said. Here's some tidbits. These were all said by either Geezer, Ronnie, or Eddie on the show.

As I covered earlier in the evening, the first US gig for the Heaven and Hell tour will be March 30th at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. There will be no opening act for this show, it's just Heaven and Hell. Tickets are expected to be priced between $54.00 - $74.00 and go on sale Friday, January 26th at 10am.
There will be other US dates, likely in August. No further info is available on them yet.

After the US dates, they will likely play UK, Japan, & Australia.
Both Geezer & Ronnie said that it is pretty likely there will be no Ozzy era tracks played during the Heaven and Hell shows.

Tour rehearsals start roughly two weeks from now.

Black Sabbath: The Dio years will be released Apr 3rd.

All three newly recorded tracks will be on the "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years" album. It was previously reported that only two would be, but all three will be there.

There are no keyboards on the newly recorded tracks.

Keyboards on the tour will be handled by Scott Warren from Dio's band.

Geezer did not write any of this new stuff, nor did Bill or Vinny - these tracks were written by Tony & Ronnie. Side note: A recent Rudy Sarzo interview said that two of the three new SABBATH tracks were originally ideas Ronnie had put forth for the next DIO album, but got used here instead.

Ronnie feels that this was never intended to be a full fledged reunion when it started, just the couple of tracks for the compilation. He did say that the opportunity to dust off the old Dio era tracks was too great to pass up. Finally, he said that history has shown they can't plan too far ahead for this, and that they do not intend at this point to carry on past the tour.

Part of the reason they called this Heaven and Hell and not Black Sabbath was that they all felt that Sabbath was "back together" for awhile now with Ozzy, and that since they went into the hall of fame with that lineup, that that's the way "Black Sabbath" will remain. I've said that for a few years now that we'd likely never see another lineup change in Sabbath, and it looks like that's coming to pass.

Ronnie feels that this tour/new material is an affirmation of the legacy Dio era of Sabbath. I agree with him. It's great to see this again. I saw these guys in 1992 on the Dehumanizer tour. Be great to see it again.

A personal observation. "The Dio Years" is coming out on Rhino. Rhino has also put out some more recent Sabbath things, like the two CD Symptom of the Universe set and Black Box. These items were released in North America ONLY. I will attempt to find out if this will be the case for Dio Years too, or if it will be a more worldwide release. Given the nature of the tour, I would think so, but I cannot find that out either way at this point.

Ronnie also said that after the Heaven and Hell thing is finished, he will be going back into the studio with Dio to record Magica II & III and then tour "with a stage show worthy of the story". This will be great, as I was really into Dio's stage shows back for Last in Line & Sacred Heart. Great stuff. Be nice if he does that, but I saw Dio on the Magica tour, and he played to at most 1500 people in Dallas. It'd be awfully expensive to lug around a stage show like Sacred Heart to only play to that many. We'll see."

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Dave Mustaine Announces Signature Guitar


MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine and Dean Guitars have announced a new guitar line called the "Vehement: VMNT" (Photo#1, Photo#2), and unveiled the new instruments today (January 19) at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention in Anaheim, CA. (A live video feed of Dave Mustaine taking part in a signing session at the Dean Guitars booth at NAMM is available at this location.) Mustaine and Dean Guitars joined forces late last year and are working closely on the specifications of the guitar line.

"The whole process has been surreal," said Mustaine. "It's been dream-like, but is more real than any dream I've ever had. They understand what a guitarist expects out of his gear, and we share a vision, a loyalty and an understanding of guitars. Working with Dean has been one of the greatest thrills for me as a musician."

Commenting on his new Dean guitar, Mustaine said, "We designed this thing… the last couple of hours. [Laughs] It feels like that. Dean [Dean Guitars founder Dean B. Zelinsky] I talked a little bit over a month and a half ago. And we just went into the shop and started bulding this [guitar] right away. We wanted to make it play better than any of the other guitars I had, so we took a lot the old guitars that had really good things about them, and we added it all together, and this is the end result."

When asked why he chose Dean over other guitar companies, Mustaine said, "Because they understand the value of Dave Mustaine and MEGADETH. And it's mutual. I know that this is the right place for me to finish out my career, endorsing their products, and having my guitars made by Dean."

Read the full article at Blabbermouth.

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Glen Drover Talks to Megadeth Fans


Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover just made the following post in the Forum of www.megadeth.com.

"Since I have returned from the U.K. trip with Dave to finish United Abominations, I have been reflecting on what we have accomplished over the last year with this new recording..

"The whole experience has been a lot of fun for me, as well as learning so much from Dave in the process. All of us have worked so well together on this record, which is what good chemistry is all about!

"Speaking of working well together and chemistry, Andy Sneap [producer/mixer] has really been a blessing for us. He knew exactlly what to do with this album, was very easy to work with and has become a good friend as well. I look foward to working with him again!

"Aside from all of that stuff, there will be some cool news coming up in the world of Megadeth. Stay tuned..."

You can check out a track from United Abominations here.

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Trivium Tagged As Revivalists and Plagiarists


LESSON ONE for all aspiring bands out there: if you think you’re good, make sure you tell as many people as possible. Just ask Florida metallers Trivium.

When the quartet signed with Roadrunner in 2004, they supported the release of their second album Ascendancy with interviews in which they confidently voiced their desire to be one of the biggest bands in the world. Think Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer, they suggested, and one day you will also think Trivium.

Not surprisingly, the notoriously suspicious metal world reared back, took one look at the young upstarts - frontman Matt Heafy was all of 19 when he made the claim - and laughed. Until, that is, they heard Ascendancy and its classic thrash metal stylings, the likes of which turned them into genuine stars in the UK, where they recently performed in front of 80,000 people at the Download festival and supported Iron Maiden.

“All the other bands that were around and that were getting pretty stale were pretty shocked [by what we said],” Heafy says triumphantly. “But now they see we’re still around and hammering away, and all the disbelievers, they’re not really saying anything any more. We haven’t really seen anything negative since [just-released third album] The Crusade came out.”

Heafy’s first taste of metal came in 1998 when a friend gave the-then impressionable 12-year-old a copy of Metallica’s Black album. Amazed at its technicality, aggression and catchiness, he delved into the band’s back catalogue, devouring both it and any albums released by the band’s late-80s/early-90s thrash peers. Not surprisingly, when he started playing guitar and formed Trivium, what came out was a noise that owed a debt more to the bands of yesteryear than it did Korn, Deftones and Limp Bizkit.

Read the full article at Time Off.

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Megadeth Guitarist To Guest On Lion's Share Album

MEGADETH/EIDOLON guitarist Glen Drover has recorded a guest solo on the new album from Swedish melodic metal band LION'S SHARE. Also scheduled to appear on the CD are drummer Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK), guitarist Bruce Kulick (KISS), and singer Mats Levén (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION, AT VANCE, KRUX), who is responsible for the backing vocals on the entire CD.

LION'S SHARE has uploaded some photos from the current mixing sessions with Ronny Lahti (ROXETTE, SAIGON KICK, EUROPE, GLENN HUGHES, ELECTRIC BOYS) at their MySpace page. Lahti previously worked with the group on their third album, "Fall from Grace".

The as-yet-untitled CD, which is expected to be released in April/May, will feature the following tracks (not in final order): More...

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Megadeth Bassist To Do Online Chat January 14

Megadeth bassist James Lomenzo will take part in an online chat next Sunday, January 14th, at 3PM PST/6PM EST, via the band's MegaFanClub. Of course this means that the chat will only be open to registered fan club members.

Dave Mustaine and co. are putting the final touches on Megadeth's new album, and Roadrunner debut, United Abominations, and you can sample a demo of the song "Gears of War" here.

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Dave Mustaine Issues Another Update

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has issued another update:

"Droogies!

Whilst being burried under the workload of this last session with Andy Sneap on the new album, I can't help but enjoy the countryside out here in Derbyshire, England. I am working on finishing by Thursday (fingers crossed), and will return to the states to start unwinding, in order to just wind back up again for the US run which is going to be super selective cities, venues, and with the perfect support groups.

Gigantour NA will go out in January of 2008, as we are going to be spending most of 2007 trying to get into some of the countries that we have not been in for a while. Of course this means scaling things down so we can revisit, or in the case of South Africa (which I yearn to play), visiting for the first time; and places like Serbia, or Romania again, now that we have made our first impression there. I still hope to find my cell phone in Serbia; I certainly can't have the posuers in my cell phone being revealed and crank-called. Well, there are two idiots that I guess I would enjoy getting cranked, but whatev!!!

So, here are the new song titles that I know you know:
"Gears Of War"
"Washington Is Next"
"United Abominations"

And here are some other titles:
"Amerikhastan"
"Blessed Are The Dead"
"Never Walk Alone"

and . . . More...

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Megadeth's 'United Abominations' Near Completion

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine posted the following today on the band's website:

"I am currently in Derbyshire, England with Andy Sneap finishing the record. Glen is over here doing some last-minute sleeping on the couch, er, uh, just kidding. He is seriously shredding some solos! :-)

"I, on the other hand, am finishing off the last remaining fixes on songs and last remaining vocal performances. There is a small list of guitars solos and three rhythm parts I need to finish and then we are into mix mode.

"I am just back from a walk in the English countryside with Pam, and I was thinking that I wanted to share with you the exceptional vibes that are taking place out here, but then I thought forget it! Last thing Andy needs is the sheep next door having Megadeth spray-painted on them, or worse!!! :-)

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Megadeth Set Release For "The One Night" DVD

Billboard.com reports: Metal mainstay Megadeth will release "That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires" on DVD March 6 via Image Entertainment. Recorded during an Oct. 9, 2005, concert at Obras Stadium in Argentina, the 17-song show was performed for more than 25,000 fans.

The set list draws from tracks like “Wake Up Dead," "A Tout le Monde" and an alternate version of "Symphony of Destruction."

The quartet is currently preparing another full-length for Roadrunner, the follow-up to 2004's "The System Has Failed."

Here is the track list for "That One Night": More...

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Megadeth Guitarist Checks In With Studio Report

Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover posted the following message in the "Forums" section of Megadeth.com

"As I write this letter to you, Dave [Mustaine] is recording some of the vocals for the new album and he is sounding great! We are all having a great time here finishing up the tracks for this album here in California and the weather is awesome! As for myself, I have done a few solo pieces, which I am very happy with. Lots of crazy solos on this album, people!"

The band's Roadrunner debut is slated for release in March 2007 via Roadrunner Records.

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Megadeth Recruits Andy Sneap To Mix New Album

MEGADETH has recruited top British producer Andy Sneap (Nevermore, Machine Head, Arch Enemy, Cradle Of Filth) to mix their Roadrunner Records debut "United Abominations," tentatively due out in March 2007:

"I did a test mix for 'Gears of War' just before I went out to Cleveland a couple of weeks ago. Had a good chat with Dave the other day. He seems very cool, matter of fact, and we begin in L.A. November 6th, so should be great. I'm really looking forward to it."

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Final Guitar Hero II Tracklisting Revealed

According to IGN, the final track listing has been revealed for the upcoming PS2/Xbox 360 video game "Guitar Hero II". The track list will run as follows (sorted by their in-game categories):

Opening Licks:
Motley Crue - "Shout At The Devil"
Danzig - "Mother"
Cheap Trick - "Surrender"
Wolfmother - "Woman"
Spinal Tap - "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight"

Amp-Warmers:
Kiss - "Strutter"
Nirvana - "Heart-Shaped Box"
Police - "Message In A Bottle"
Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"
Kansas - "Carry On Wayward Son"

String-Snappers:
Foo Fighters - "Monkey Wrench"
Alice In Chains - "Them Bones"
Iggy Pop And The Stooges - "Search And Destroy"
The Pretenders - "Tattooed Love Boys"
Black Sabbath - "War Pigs"

Thrash And Burn:
Warrant - "Cherry Pie"
The Butthole Surfers - "Who Was In My Room Last Night"
Mathew Sweet - "Girlfriend"
Rolling Stones - "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'"
Guns N' Roses - "Sweet Child O' Mine"

Return Of The Shred:
Rage Against The Machine - "Killing In The Name"
Primus - "John The Fisherman"
The Sword - "Freya"
Thin Lizzy - "Bad Reputation"
Aerosmtih - "Last Child"

Relentless Riffs:
Heart - "Crazy On You"
Stone Temple Pilots - "Tripping On A Hole In A Paper Heart"
Stray Cats - "Rock This Town"
Allman Brothers - "Jessica"
Jane's Addiction - "Stop"

Furious Fretwork:
Anthrax - "Madhouse"
The Living End - "Carry Me Home"
Lamb Of God - "Laid To Rest"
Reverend Horton Heat - "Psychobilly Freakout"
Rush - "YYZ"

Face-Melters:
Avenged Sevenfold - "Beast And The Harlot"
Suicidal Tendencies - "Institutionalized"
Dick Dale - "Misirlou"
Megadeth - "Hangar 18"
Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Free Bird"

Around 15 or more unlockable bonus tracks will also be included in the game, with Every Time I Die, Drist, The Last Vegas, Valient Thorr and The Breaking Wheel rumored to be among them. "Guitar Hero II" will see a November 7th release date on the Playstation 2 while a spring release on the Xbox 360 is currently pending.

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Megadeth Have Live Video Of New Song Available

A video clip of MEGADETH performing a new song, entitled "Washington Is Next!", in Toronto, Ontario on Monday, September 25 has been posted online at YouTube.com.

"Washington Is Next!" will be included on MEGADETH's upcoming CD, "United Abominations", which is scheduled for release in early 2007 via Roadrunner Records. MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine recently told Gary Graff of Billboard.com that the album, which he's producing with Jeff Balding, "has a lot of variation on it. It's got some surprises, but there's a really old-school vein to it, I would say." The group has been careful not to rush the album, either, holding sessions in London, Los Angeles and Nashville since earlier this year. More...

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Arch Enemy Frontwoman Joins Megadeth On Stage

Vocalist Angela Gossow of ARCH ENEMY — who are touring North America as part of Gigantour 2006 (also featuring LAMB OF GOD, OPETH, OVERKILL, THE SMASHUP, INTO ETERNITY and SANCTITY in addition to the headliner MEGADETH) — has posted the following message on her MySpace page:

"Chicago, Columbus and Detroit rocked! Especially Chicago the crowd was insane! And to everybody who is coming out the signings: Thank you for buying our stuff and your wonderful words. Meeting you all is pure fuel for the soul.

"Last night I joined MEGADETH on stage during the chorus of 'Peace Sells'. It was a 10-seconds-ultra-rush. I stood at the side of the stage, not feeling too nervous. Then you get the 'Go' sign from the stage manager, who is also watching the fireworks. I run up to Dave's mic and then suddenly IT hit me. I AM STANDING NEXT TO DAVE MUSTAINE, SINGING PEACE SELLS AND HEARING IS VOICE TOGETHER WITH MINE. I believe my heart exploded at this moment. And my brain. I got it on video cam so I can watch it again. I can hardly believe I WAS THERE. MUST. DO. IT. AGAIN. We will put the file on the website in a few days.. More...

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The New Megadeth Album To Get Pushed Back

Megadeth's upcoming new album "United Abominations" has been pushed back to an early 2007 release date through Roadrunner, more on that can be found here.

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Gigantour 2006 Schedule Gets Tweaked

With the start of the second annual Gigantour looming on the horizon, organizers have tinkered with the schedule a bit, to include adding several new stops to the run.

Originally due to launch Sept. 7 in San Diego, the outing will now get underway Sept. 6 in Boise, ID, and won't hit San Diego until Sept. 9; the move knocks off the schedule a previously announced Sept. 9 show in San Luis Obispo, CA. Meanwhile, new stops have been added in Oklahoma City, OK; Boston; and Atlantic City, NJ.

The main-stage roster for the majority of the tour features headliners Megadeth, as well as Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, Into Eternity, Sanctity, and The Smashup. The Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Boston stops, however, won't include Into Eternity, Sanctity and The Smashup, and those three bands, as well as Overkill, won't be on board for the tour's Las Vegas engagement, which is now confirmed to take place at the House of Blues.

Tickets for most shows are on sale now, while those for stops in Chicago and Atlantic City will hit the box office Saturday (8/26). Details are shown in the itinerary below.

Gigantour is the brainchild of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, who last year mounted an inaugural run that also included Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. That trek is documented on the forthcoming "Gigantour 2005," a live set that comprises a two-disc audio version that hits stores tomorrow (8/22), and a two-DVD video version that surfaces Sept. 5.

Earlier this year, Megadeth signed a new record deal with Roadrunner Records.

"It is exciting to be some place you are respected, understood and appreciated," Mustaine said a statement. "The truth is there's a lot of people I've known there over the years. I'm stoked we're all coming back together again to work on this project."

Roadrunner plans to release "United Abominations," Megadeth's follow-up to 2004's "The System Has Failed," later this year, according to the label.

Here are the latest Gigantour 2006 tour dates: More...

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Gigantour CD Audio Samples Available

Audio samples from the upcoming Gigantour deluxe 2-CD set have been made available at Amazon.com. The 2-CD and 2-DVD sets, due on August 22 and September 5, respectively, via Image Entertainment, capture 2005's heavy metal onslaught that was hailed as the best metal bill of the year, with Revolver magazine calling it "the mother of all shred fests." Organized by MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine as a tour featuring "only bands whose musicianship matches their ability to melt faces with sheer volume and power" (Miami Herald), "Gigantour" features unforgettable performances by MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER and FEAR FACTORY as well as ANTHRAX (CD only), NEVERMORE, LIFE OF AGONY, SYMPHONY X, DRY KILL LOGIC and BOBAFLEX.

The "Gigantour" DVD set encompasses a special bonus disc with all the no-holds-barred offstage action: tour bus visits, backstage drama, practical jokes plus interviews with the people who make a national package tour happen, like tour managers, pyrotechnics experts and band members. The "Gigantour" CD contains three songs not included on the DVD. More...

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Gigantour Australia Dates And Bands Announced

The Gigantour dates and bands have been finalised. Playing three massive shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane will be Megadeth, Soulfly, Arch Enemy and Caliban. Tickets will be made available for purchase through Ticketek (NSW) and Ticketmaster (QLD and VIC), from 9am on the 22nd of August. Show dates follow:

Sat 21 October - Brisbane, The Riverstage
Sun 22 October - Sydney, Hordern Pavilion
Tues 24 - October - Melbourne, Festival Hall

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Update From Megadeth Drummer

Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's OFFICIAL WEBSITE:

"It has been a bit since my last post here, but as I am sure most of you are aware, things have been quite busy with us â?? the latest being our quick trip over to Spain for a few festival shows.

"For me personally, I quite enjoy playing festivals overseas (or anywhere, for that matter) as it gives me a chance to perhaps re-acquaint myself with other bandmembers, meeting new bandmembers and hopefully (if time permits) catching some of these bands during their set. Some of these bands who are quite popular overseas may not play in my neck of the woods as much (at least in recent times). One such band at both festivals was Helloween, which oddly enough, I had never seen in their now 20-year-or-so career. Happily, I did watch them at both Spain festivals and I thought they were just great!! I had a few brief talks with their bass player (Markus Grosskopf) who was very friendly, so cheers to them.

"Of course, I did manage to see a few other bands as well, which all sounded great to me. Talked for a few with both Eric and Chuck from Testament â?? great dudes, great band, crushing set â?? end of story. All in all, it was a fun, quick trip for me.

"So now you know about Gigantour 2006 â?? what bands, what cities (for the most part) etc. I am really looking forward to all of this â?? I hope you are as well.

"And, of course, the new Megadeth record!!!! I will speak nothing about the content (I'm old-school that way), [but] I will say that I am very, very proud of this record and to be a part of it."

In other news, in an article from the LA TIMES, Megadeth frontman, Dave Mustaine bemoans the possible loss of Tower Records after 3 major music companies have stopped shipping CD's to them.

"Led Zeppelin changed my life, AC/DC changed my guitar playing, and Black Sabbath changed my approach to songwriting â?? and I found all of them because of Tower Records," Dave said. "What could they possibly put in the place of that Sunset store? Another Starbucks?"

Megadeth's Roadrunner debut, United Abominations comes out later this year. You can catch Megadeth this fall on Gigantour.

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New Megadeth Album Artwork Posted Online

The artwork for the upcoming MEGADETH album, "United Abominations", has been unveiled as part of the Gigantour e-card. Check it out at the MEGADETH fan site Rattlehead HQ. The e-card appears to use one of the Vic Rattlehead (MEGADETH mascot) redesigns from the DeviantART contest that was held back in January/February. This entry appeared in the Top 11 but did not win the contest. The Vic that appears to feature on the cover of "United Abominations" can be found here.

"United Abominations" was recorded under the watchful eye of mainman Dave Mustaine and co-producer Jeff Balding. The initial studio sessions — held at Sarm Studios, outside of London — were filmed by director Michael Sarna (ANTHRAX, OBITUARY) and are available at Megadeth.com to fan-club members. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "United Abominations", "Washington Is Next" and "Gears of War". An October 31 release via Roadrunner Records is expected.

MEGADETH's last CD, "The System Has Failed", has sold more than 180,000 copies since its September 2004 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group, who were most recently signed to Sanctuary Records, were joined by bassist James Lomenzo (ex-BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, WHITE LION) in February following the departure of James MacDonough (ex-ICED EARTH).

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