Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Speaks On New Album’s Direction, ‘Megacruise‘ & ‘A Toute Le Monde‘ Beer

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine lately spoke with The Metal Voice about the group’s forthcoming ‘Megacruise‘, their ‘A Toute Le Monde‘ beer and more. Megadeth‘s upcoming sixteenth studio effort was also discussed naturally. When asked what direction that release is headed in, Mustaine explained:

“I don’t how to answer that, because if you want me to say what record it sounds like, it sounds like a combination of everything. When I write a riff if I don’t like it I don’t record it, if I do record it, I save it and if I don’t use it now I’ll use it at some point.

There is a complete finished song left over from ‘Dystopia‘ that I forgot we did. When were in the studio and you’re doing 16 songs and you’re working your ass off every day sometimes, some things just slip through the cracks like this song.

We’ve already got a huge head start on this new record. Kiko just came out to see me, Dirk was here before him and David Ellefson will be visiting me shortly to start playing some bass stuff.

We’re doing things a little bit differently this time, we’re kind of approaching the songs one riff at a time and just kind of focusing on the riff and if the riff doesn’t sound good on its own and then why put it in a song?

A lot of people when they write songs, they’ll put a part in section in the song just because they need something in there. For me I don’t like doing that. I don’t want that one part of the song where there’s a weak spot.

I’ve tried just about every way to write a song over my career and I found this way’s probably the best way, because if you have a riff and it’s not it’s not carrying its own weight and it doesn’t sound cool, how can it possibly sound cool with good lyrics over it?”

He was also asked whether or not the current political climate would be influencing the album, to which he offered:

“I’ve kind of toned it down a little bit with the political stuff to where it’s more about being a one world kind of people, about the stuff that affects us as people not so much as citizens of any particular government or nation. Why put any unnecessary walls up between us right?”

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Steve Grimmet Medical Fundraising Album In The Works

Jimmy Kay of Canada’s The Metal Voice streamed a live interview recently with Steve and Millie Grimmett to update fans on Steve’s ongoing medical condition. Venom Inc.’s Tony Dolan and former Anthrax vocalist Neil Turbin joined the conversation, and during the near hour-long interview, Kay was announced a special fundraiser show in Grimmett’s hometown of Swindon (England).

Planned for April 1st, the event is being organized by Brian Keene at Riff’s Bar. Bands for the event will be announced shortly. Also announced was a special collaboration of metal artists that are coming together to record Grim Reaper material in an effort to help raise additional funds for Steve’s rising medical and recovery costs.

Spearheaded by Dolan, Turbin, Kay, and Sy Keeler (Onslaught), contributors currently include Gary Holt (Exodus), Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden), Doro Pesch, Lipps (Anvil), Marta Gabriel (Crystal Viper), Neil Turbin (Deathriders), Jonas Hornqvist (Bleed the Hunger), Ross The Boss (Manowar), Sy Keeler (Onslaught), Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Jimmy Mantas (Venom Inc.), Nick Bowcott (ex-Grim Reaper), John Gallagher (Raven), Mantas (Venom), and more to be announced soon. The recording will be produced by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Anvil).

Grimmett’s wife Millie gave The Metal Voice an update on Steve’s medical condition: “He has now had four operations; yesterday he had the latest to clean the wound a bit more. Doctors opened it up and put a drain in to stop any further infections. The infection has now seemed to stabilize. The wound, however, has been left open. He can’t fly until ten days after a big operation so the earliest he could fly home is this Friday. Because of the pressure of the plane, you have risks of blood clotting and renewed bleeding so we have to make sure Steve can actually survive the flight. It is a total of 19 hours door-to-door; it’s a grueling journey for anybody.”

Millie continued, “I have a meeting with the doctor tomorrow morning to discuss how he is doing and other recovery options. There is another treatment using oxygen. We are hoping they might be able to do that over the next few days which could speed up the process. Now that I am here, Steve has perked up a bit and it makes me feel a lot better to see him. We are alone out here and we want to go home.”

“They are very friendly, very nice,” says Millie of the hospital staff, ”even though we don’t speak the same language. We still have a laugh, making Steve laugh, making him smile. They do what they can with what they have. They don’t have the same resources here. Steve said to me the other day that last week he was in a ward downstairs and the gentleman by him had heart failure and they didn’t have a defibrillator so unfortunately the gentleman died. They did all they could. They have done a great job with Steve.”

Lying on his hospital bed, Steve Grimmett shared a few words, “I am very humbled. I didn’t realize that I meant so much to other people. I got no words other than thank you. And when I’m out on my new leg, I’m going to come out and sing for a big party.”

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Music Video For New Track “The Road Beneath Your Wheels” Posted By Dragonsclaw

Australian traditional metal act Dragonsclaw posted a music video for the new track “The Road Beneath Your Wheels.” The song will appear on the band’s upcoming new album “Moving Target,” which is targeted for a 2016 release. The album will feature a guest appearance by Riot V/Reverence vocalist Todd Michael Hall on the song “Shadowfire.”

The video was edited by Jimmy Kay at Metal Voice and footage was shot by Dustin Ferguson, Jimmy Kay and Shane ‘Swanee’ Thompson. Check it out here:

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Krokus Video Interview With Marc Storace Available

The Metal Voice recently conducted an interview with Krokus vocalist Marc Storace, in which he talks about the release of Krokus’ new album “Dirty Dynamite,” the group’s back catalog, and tour dates.

Marc Storace also responds to Dee Snider of Twisted Sister’s negative comments about Krokus written in Snider’s book “Shut Up and Give Me the Mic.” Check out the video below. Krokus was covered in a recent edition of Sunday Old School, which can be read right here.

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Saxon Video Interview Available Online

The Metal Voice has posted a video interview online with Saxon’s Biff Byford, which was shot during the band’s Canadian Call to Arms tour in October 2011. You can check out the clip below, or find Saxon’s latest tour video blog by heading over to this location.

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