New Megadeth Is "Gonna Be A Thrash Album, It's Gonna Be A Metal Album"

Drummer Dirk Verbeuren says "there's a lot of heavy stuff" on the new Megadeth album.

New Megadeth Is "Gonna Be A Thrash Album, It's Gonna Be A Metal Album"
Mcabe Gregg

The members of Megadeth have already been incredibly positive about the band's upcoming album – the follow-up to 2016's Dystopia – with David Ellefson previously praising how they've been able to “expand and try a lot of different things”, and frontman Dave Mustaine ranking it in his personal top five of their career.

Now, drummer Dirk Verbeuren has confirmed that "the foundation for the album is done" – and he's teasing that things are looking like they're going to get heavy. Excellent news!

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"We recorded, actually, a lot of songs, and I'm pretty sure not all of them are gonna be on the album," he reveals on Todd Nief's Show (via Blabbermouth). "But the overall direction of the record is definitely – it's gonna be a thrash album, it's gonna be a metal album. It's heavy – there's a lot of heavy stuff. So I'm very excited about it."

He continues: "Old Megadeth is kind of what I grew up with – and that's not to discredit anything they did in their career, but that's the stuff that touches me the most – so I wanted to bring that energy.

"And I was able to, because Dave being the frontman he is, let me try stuff, let me do stuff – he was actually encouraging me to go crazy in some parts and stuff. And I think that was a very exhilarating time to be able to do that. It was pretty surreal, actually, to be in the studio with those guys."

Listen to the interview below:

Catch Megadeth with Lamb Of God, Trivium and In Flames on The Metal Tour Of The Year at the following dates next year:

July 2021

9 Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
10 Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino
11 Toronto, ONT @ Budweiser Stage
13 Burgettstown, PA @ S&T Bank Music Park
14 Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion
16 Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
17 Charlotte, NC @ PNC Pavilion
18 Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
20 Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
21 Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach
23 Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake PAC
24 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
26 Camden, NJ @ BB&T Paivlion
27 Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
28 Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
30 Laval, QC @ Place Bell
31 Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre

August 2021

3 Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center
4 Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
6 Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7 Kansas City, MO @ Spring Center
8 Rogers, AR @ Walmart Amp
10 St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
11 Nashville, TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium
12 Atlanta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
14 W. Palm Beach, FL @ iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
18 Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center Selena Auditorium
20 Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater
21 Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
22 Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
24 El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
25 Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
27 Denver, CO. @ Pepsi Center
29 Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre
31 Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center

September 2021

1 Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheater
2 Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
4 Portland, OR @ Moda Center
5 Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
7 Pocatello, ID @ Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre
8 Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre

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