Dave Mustaine: Megadeth are "in the process of doing guitar solos" for new album

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth performing live at Carroponte, Sesto San Giovanni, Italy on 8 August 2017
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Megadeth bassist David Ellefson recently revealed that the forthcoming Megadeth record, their first since 2016’s Dystopia, is an “insanely progressive record” with electric guitar riffs “that are way harder to play than any of the stuff on Rust in Peace."

Now Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine has revealed that in addition to riffs, the band is laying down leads.

"We're in the process of doing guitar solos right now,” Mustaine said in an interview with Q104.3 New York's "Out Of The Box With Jonathan Clarke" (via Blabbermouth). 

“Kiko Loureiro [guitar] is at the studio with me, and we're done with all the bass and drums and almost done with all of the rhythms. We've still got little punch-ins we need to do here and there, and then it's off into singing and solo land. And then probably the last thing, which is always my favorite thing, is the ear candy."

This will be the band’s second full-length with Loureiro, who recently shared his Megadeth audition tapes online.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.