How often have you found yourself looking at a band’s mascot, only to begin wondering what it would be like to hold a conversation with them? Yeah, it’s not a very common occurrence at all, but it’s now managed to become a reality thanks to Megadeth and the wonders of modern technology.

Back when Megadeth released their debut album, Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!, in 1985, the front cover contained an image of Vic Rattlehead, who would soon become the band’s mascot.

A skeletal figure who is technically blind, deaf, and mute due to being a metaphor for censorship, Vic Rattlehead has appeared on the band’s artwork, music videos, and even in live shows over the last few years. Now, moving onto the next logical step, fans can hold a conversation with him.

Announced by Dave Mustaine via YouTube earlier today, Megadeth have now launched a Facebook Messenger bot which gives fans the opportunity to talk to their iconic mascot.

“Connect with Vic Rattlehead at Facebook Messenger,” explained Mustaine in the video. “Take quizzes, get merch codes or just pop by and say hello. But remember – Vic doesn’t have any manners.”

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One of the big motivators behind using the new bot appears to be a competition to win a Dave Mustaine-signed guitar, though it appears that the competition is only available to US residents, making it a little bit of a let-down for Aussie fans.

However, fans can still talk shop with Vic, where they can find out about his history and other information, including what he plans to do for the band’s 35th anniversary, and take a lyric quiz to truly test their mettle.

If you’re keen to chat with Megadeth’s Vic Rattlehead, you can do so by heading to this link and connecting your Facebook Messenger account.

In other Megadeth news, Dave Mustaine revealed that the group’s upcoming 16th studio album looks set to be released in April of 2019, and it seems to be shaping up to be one of the band’s finest moments.

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

“I never thought we were gonna be playing this fast or this aggressive again.”

Check out Megadeth’s ‘Hangar 18’:

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