Good news for Megadeth fans, with the band confirming they’ve begun recording their 16th album today.

Over the last few months, Dave Mustaine has been teasing fans with news of a new Megadeth record – the first since 2016’s Dystopia.

Back in June, Mustaine revealed that the band had been toying with some new musical ideas, noting that some of it is so good that it’s “scary”.

“We’ve been putting new music up in my Dropbox. And the stuff that Dirk [Verbeuren]’s been playing along to it is scary” Mustaine explained.

“We’ve never had any of those blast-beat kind of things in our music before… Some of the drumming on this is mind-blowing.”

“It’s making me a better guitar player again, which I love. But I never thought we were gonna be playing this fast or this aggressive again.”

While Dave Mustaine noted the band were aiming to release the new record in April of 2019, he later stepped off the accelerator a little bit, confirming that fans would “absolutely” hear at least a new song in 2019.

“For sure. A whole new record, I would say the chances are probably 95 percent. And at least one new song, I’d say it’s 100 percent. No question.”

Now, in a Tweet shared earlier today, Dave Mustaine has revealed that the recording sessions for the new record have formally begun.

“Today, our drummer Dirk Verbeuren and I start Megadeth Album 16 with Dystopia co-producer and Grammy winning partner Chris Rakestraw at my side again,” he explained. “No Rest For The Wicked! (relax…that’s not the new title).”

While Mustaine points out that the record is yet to be officially named, this will mark the second record to feature Chris Rakestraw on production duties.

Considering that Dystopia ended up earning Megadeth both a Grammy and their greatest chart success in years, we’re more than eager to hear what will come from these recording sessions.

Check out Megadeth’s ‘The Threat Is Real’:

YouTube VideoPlay

Get unlimited access to the coverage that shapes our culture.
to Rolling Stone magazine
to Rolling Stone magazine