Megadeth are preparing for a heroic return in May with a new album, a new label, a new bandmember and a return to the old sound that cemented their place in heavy metal history.
The group's ninth album, The World Needs a Hero, will be released May 15 on Sanctuary Records. It will be Megadeth's first album for the 11-month-old imprint; the group split with Capitol Records following 1999's Risk.
Singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine wrote 11 of the 12 songs on The World Needs a Hero and co-wrote "Promises" with new guitarist Al Pitrelli, who relieved Marty Friedman's 10-year run with the band. Other songs include the title track, "Burning Bridges," "Moto Psycho," "1000 Times Goodbye," "Disconnect," "Recipe for Hate," "Losing My Senses," "Dread and the Fugitive Mind," "Silent Scorn," "Return to Hangar" and "When."
In addition to Mustaine and Pitrelli, Megadeth's latest lineup is rounded out by longtime bassist David Ellefson and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, who joined in 1999 after Nick Menza departed.
The new album will mark a return to the band's more nihilistic roots, the group said in a press release, as evidenced by the song "Return to Hangar," something of a sequel to "Hangar 18" off Megadeth's Rust in Peace (1990).
Mustaine said the album's title refers to music's current climate. "I think that the world needs a hero because there are no more rock stars. Axl [Rose] killed that," he said. "What the world needs is an enema, but there are too many a--holes in the world to choose from to know where to put the hose, so a hero would be my second choice. It's kind of hard to find a rhyme for 'enema.' "
A tour in support of The World Needs a Hero is expected, though dates have yet to be announced.
In other Megadeth news, Mustaine with flex his acting skills, as well as his martial arts chops, when he plays arsonist Torchy Thompson in an episode of the Sci-Fi Channel's new series "Black Scorpion," scheduled to air February 2.