Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine says the band are hoping to have their new studio album out in the spring of next year.
They’ve been working on the follow-up to 2016’s Dystopia, with Mustaine reporting back in August that he put the chances of it arriving in 2019 at “probably 95%.”
Now it looks like it might be coming sooner rather than later next year.
Speaking with Eddie Trunk (opens in new tab)’s SiriusXM broadcast Live From The Rainbow Bar And Grill, Mustaine said (via Blabbermouth (opens in new tab)): “We're just assembling all the pieces right now.
“Guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Dirk Verbeuren have both been out to the studio to start recording and we're now in the process of finalising all the arrangements.
“We're hoping for a spring release next year.”
At the start of November, Megadeth released a short clip of Verbeuren in the studio (opens in new tab) – and Mustaine reports that people “freaked out over it.”
He adds: “And that's how I feel. I watch him play and I just laugh because when I play live, I'm not looking at him, I’m looking at the audience, so I don't really see.
“Kiko said to me, 'You're going to find out he's the best drummer Megadeth ever had.' And I went, 'Okay. I agree.’”
Megadeth will set sail on the first-ever Megacruise between October 13-18, 2019 (opens in new tab), where they’ll be joined by Armored Saint, Anthrax, Devildriver, Corrosion Of Conformity, Testament, John 5, Doro, Danko Jones, Beasto Blanco, Metalachi and Metal Church.
The band will also head out on the road with Ozzy Osbourne next year (opens in new tab) on the latest leg of Ozzy’s No More Tours 2 run of North American shows.