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Megadeth interview

Megadeth is an American metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1983 by guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine, bassist Dave Ellefson and guitarist Greg Handevidt, following Mustaine's expulsion from Metallica. The band has since released 13 studio albums. A pioneer of the American thrash metal movement, Megadeth rose to international fame in the 1980s and was ranked as one of the "Big Four of Thrash" along with Metallica,Slayer and Anthrax, who were responsible for creating, developing and popularizing the thrash metal sub-genre. Over the band's 29 active years, over 20 different people have officially performed as part of the group, with Mustaine being the only constant member. Megadeth is known for its distinctive, technical instrumental style that often features dense, intricate passages and trade-off guitar solos. Megadeth is also known for recurring lyrical themes including politics, war, addiction, personal relationships, and religion. Megadeth has sold over 30 million albums worldwide with five consecutive albums being certified platinum or multi-platinum in the US. As of 2012, Megadeth has received ten Grammy nominations. Megadeth will be performing as a headliner at Metalfest Open Air Croatia 2012, and I had a chance to talk with Mr. Dave Ellefson.

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It has been almost two years since my last interview with Megadeth in Zagreb, before their show in Croatia. I had the honor of talking to drummer Shawn Drover. After that show, you came again in Croatia, together with Slayer on European Carnage Tour. Do you remember those two shows in Zagreb?

I do, it has been great to be playing in Croatia these past few years.

What are the three most important things that happened with Megadeth in the last two years?

I would say Dave and I playing together again had been the biggest event. From there, all of the other things have really fallen into place the way they should. The BIG 4, "Rust In Peace 20th Anniversary" and the new album "Th1rt3en" are all successes as a result of mended fences.

Can you tell us anything special about your album '' Th1rt3en''?

A lot of people compare it to "Countdown to Extinction" in that it has heaviness, Thrash but also some melodic mainstream songs, too. Working with producer Johnny K really helped us bring back the strong points from all sides of our music.

Recently the new video came out, for the song "Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)". What the main message that you wanted to deliver?

It's a song about telling people to get off your back and to allow you to live your life the way you are meant to. I really like the video. It's called a 'lyric video' and is something very different for us.

Lots of ''new'' bands are playing old school thrash metal. Do you think it's possible regarding the fact that they weren't even born at the time you started and founded old school thrash metal?

Some say imitation is the best form of flattery but the bands I like best are those who go and do something new with the influence they may have received from us. I was influenced by KISS and AC/DC but MEGADETH don't sound anything like those bands.

What do you listen to in your free time?

On the road I scroll around on YouTube for different things. No real particular genre, just checking out what people are listening to. That has been a great inspiration to me. At home, I listen to local and satellite radio stations. I like the variety and sometimes its just to hear some new music to stay fresh.

Metal has become not just a genre in music, not just a movement. It's grown to the big industries, and it provides a lot. Where do you see metal in let's say 20 years? Can it evolve even more, where are the boundaries?

Metal has become not just a genre in music, not just a movement. It's grown to the big industries, and it provides a lot. Where do you see metal in let's say 20 years? Can it evolve even more, where are the boundaries?

I can't imagine where it will be in 20 years but when a musical style turns into a cultural revolution, like Metal has, those things usually stay around for many years to come, even though they may morph into even more varieties.

Politics is a big part of your lyrics. How do you see political scene in U.S.A.? Is it an inspiration or or just simply frustration?

The good news about the USA's political system is that change is inevitable and the citizens will always rise up to defend their liberties. I think the political landscape is always an inspiration to our lyrics because while the events of the day may change, people never do.

For the end of this interview could you invite all Croatian metal fans to come to Zadar and support Metalfest?

Yes! It is so cool to see Croatia with it's own brand of festival just for metal music. The METALFEST in Zadar should be amazing!



Kalendar

RI ROCK, 07. - 16.12.2018., Pogon Kulture, Palach, Rijeka

07.12.2018. - petak

RI ROCK, 07. - 16.12.2018., Pogon Kulture, Palach, Rijeka

Rijeka, Pogon Kulture / Palach
35kn/45kn/70kn/90kn

VINTAGE INDUSTRIAL BAR Slavi 6. rođendan,12.12.'18. – 16.12.'18.

12.12.2018. - srijeda

VINTAGE INDUSTRIAL BAR Slavi 6. rođendan,12.12.'18. – 16.12.'18.

Zagreb, Vintage Industrial Bar

JEREMIAH'S, 13.12.2018., Kset, Zagreb

13.12.2018. - četvrtak

JEREMIAH'S, 13.12.2018., Kset, Zagreb

Zagreb, KSET
30 kn / 40 kn

THE STRANGE - Zagreb, Tvornica Kulture, 13.12.2018.

13.12.2018. - četvrtak

THE STRANGE - Zagreb, Tvornica Kulture, 13.12.2018.

Zagreb, Tvornica Kulture
70 kn

ABBAzia - Zagreb, Metropolis, 15.12.2018.

15.12.2018. - subota

ABBAzia - Zagreb, Metropolis, 15.12.2018.

Zagreb, Metropolis

PIAFF!  THE SHOW - Zagreb, Lisinski, 15.12.2018.

15.12.2018. - subota

PIAFF! THE SHOW - Zagreb, Lisinski, 15.12.2018.

Zagreb, KD Lisinski
200, 250, 300, 330 kn

ZEZ poklanja besplatan koncert, 15.12.2018., KSET

15.12.2018. - subota

ZEZ poklanja besplatan koncert, 15.12.2018., KSET

Zagreb, KSET
Besplatno

VLATKO STEFANOVSKI TRIO, 21.12.2018., Tvornica Kulture, Zagreb

21.12.2018. - petak

VLATKO STEFANOVSKI TRIO, 21.12.2018., Tvornica Kulture, Zagreb

Zagreb, Tvornica Kulture
80 kn / 100 kn

FESTIVAL NAJBOLJIH BENDOVA, 22.12.2018., Tvornica Kulture, Zagreb

22.12.2018. - subota

FESTIVAL NAJBOLJIH BENDOVA, 22.12.2018., Tvornica Kulture, Zagreb

Zagreb, Tvornica Kulture

DJ KRYDER, Winterstory of Forestland, 22.12.2018., Čakovec

22.12.2018. - subota

DJ KRYDER, Winterstory of Forestland, 22.12.2018., Čakovec

Čakovec, Sportska dvorana Čakovec
50 kn

Prosinac / 2018

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