Megadeth Reveal Title, Release Date and Cover Art for New Album
Megadeth fans finally know what the band's new album is called — and when to look for it.
Just a day after posting the record's first single, "Fatal Illusion," the group has revealed the title of their 15th LP: Dystopia. Available for pre-order now, the album is showing an expected release date of Jan. 22, 2016.
The first full-length Megadeth studio effort since 2013's Super Collider, Dystopia arrives after a tumultuous few years for the band, including the back-to-back departures of two key members and subsequent speculation that frontman Dave Mustaine was throwing in the towel. But after putting together a revamped lineup that includes Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler, Mustaine and bassist Dave Ellefson mounted a successful crowdfunding campaign to help finish the new LP — and worked in a couple of musical curveballs, like enlisting country star Steve Wariner for guitar support on one song.
While there might be a few new wrinkles in the band's sound with Dystopia, fans can rest easy regarding Megadeth's signature sonic aggression; as previously reported, Mustaine has promised an album filled with all the power they'll expect. "There’s a lot of riffing going on in there, that’s for damn sure," he said. "There’s a lot of solos, a lot of pounding drums and bass. I knew from the start that I wanted to go back to my roots, and I wanted to make a thrash record."
In advance of Dystopia's arrival, Megadeth will return to the road starting in mid-October, when they're scheduled to start a short run of dates in Australia, followed by shows in China, Japan, India, Russia, Mexico and the U.K. — all of which are presumably just the beginning of a lengthy tour.
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