In a brand new interview with Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson was asked when fans can expect to see the band's follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia" album. He responded (hear audio below): "Our goal this year is to be writing. We have these months in the summer where we're gonna be on the road. If I had a guess, we'll be working, really cutting some tracks later this year. I can't really say when it's gonna be done. In my mind, it says 2019, maybe, but at the same time, one of the things we learned with 'Dystopia' is that we just took as much time as it needed to get the record done, and I think that really played well for the quality of record we made and for just how excited the fans were with the record that we made. And ultimately, that is the most important thing. So that's gonna be more important than, sort of, boxing ourselves in with a schedule."
Ellefson'a latest comments echo those made by MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine, who told the "Trunk Nation" show that he didn't think a new MEGADETH album would arrive this year. "I don't wanna rush it," he said. "I'm being particular, because I figured if I can at least do as good as 'Dystopia', then we're great. And I believe I can do that."
MEGADETH's upcoming effort will mark the group's first release to feature drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who officially joined the band just under two years ago.
In 2018, MEGADETH will celebrate its 35th anniversary all year long, with special releases, exclusive merchandise items, and one-of-a-kind events and opportunities for fans worldwide.
"Dystopia" was MEGADETH's first album with Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, who was previously best known for his work with ANGRA.