Megadeth Confirm New Album Release Date

Megadeth will release their 11th studio album United Abominations May 15 via their new label Roadrunner Records. Frontman Dave Mustaine recently completed tracking and mixing the album in rural Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap (Killswitch Engage, Testament, Arch Enemy).

Of the new CD, Mustaine says listening to it “puts a smile on the inside of me for the first time in years. We all can smile on the outside, but the project has satisfied me, and I am completely content deep inside. I can’t remember when I had such a pleasant time making a record. It is fast, heavy, melodic, and of course controversial, as well as hooky with some unexpected twists.”

The album was recorded in Los Angeles and England by Mustaine (guitar/vocals) with Glen Drover (guitar), Shawn Drover (drums) and James Lomenzo (bass). “Metal needs a really good old school record again,” says Mustaine. “I believe I have delivered.” The album’s first single is “À Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free),” a newly recorded version of the early Megadeth classic that now features guest vocals by Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil. The album’s 10 other songs are: “Sleepwalker,” “Washington Is Next!,” “Never Walk Alone…A Call To Arms,” “United Abominations,” “Gears Of War,” “ Blessed Be The Dead,” “ Play For Blood,” “Amerikhastan,” “You’re Dead” and “Burnt Ice.”

In other Megadeth news, the iconic and influential group recently announced they’ll tour North America with Heaven And Hell (featuring members of Black Sabbath) beginning March 11 in Vancouver, BC. On this tour, Mustaine will exclusively play his new signature axe from Dean Guitars that he unveiled at the NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA in January.

Meanwhile, Megadeth released the electrifying live DVD That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires March 6 via Image Entertainment. In 2006, Image Entertainment released a DVD and CD from the multi-act 2005 Gigantour festival, which Mustaine founded that year for “positive bands that play heavy music in a high energy environment.” The 2005 tour, DVD and CD featured Megadeth with Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Nevermore, Life Of Agony, Symphony X, Dry Kill Logic and Bobaflex. Appearing along with Megadeth on the 2006 Gigantour were: Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, Into Eternity, Sanctity and The Smash-Up.

Catch up with Megadeth via for updates and postings from the group. The current Megadeth tour dates are as follows:

Heaven and Hell Tour:

Sun 3/11 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum

Tue 3/13 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place

Wed 3/14 Calgary, AB Saddledome

Fri 3/16 Regina, SK Brandt Centre

Sun 3/18 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre

Tue 3/20 Sault St. Marie, ON Steelback Centre

Thu 3/22 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

Sat 3/24 London, ON John Labatt Centre

Mon 3/26 Montreal, PQ Bell Centre

Tue 3/27 Quebec City, PQ Colisee Pepsi Arena

Wed 3/28 Ottawa, ON Civic Center

Sun 4/22 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre

Tue 4/24 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion

Wed 4/25 Los Angeles, CA Forum

Thu 4/26 San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheater

Sat 4/28 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion

Sun 4/29 Denver, CO Broomfield Events Center

Tue 5/1 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Wed 5/2 Houston, TX Cynthia Mitchell Woods

Thu 5/3 Dallas, TX Nokia Theater

Sat 5/5 Chicago, IL All State Arena

Sun 5/6 Minneapolis, MN Theatre at Target Center

Tue 5/8 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena

Thu 5/10 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Arena

Fri 5/11 Cleveland, OH Tower City Amphitheater

Sat 5/12 Detroit, MI Cobo Hall

Mon 5/14 Albany, NY Times Union Center

Tue 5/15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

Thu 5/17 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena

Fri 5/18 Baltimore, MD Merriweather Pavilion

Sat 5/19 Holmdel, NJ PNC Arts Center

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