MEGADETH is set to play a "Gears of War - Match Made In Hell" event on Halloween, which will celebrate the much anticipated Xbox 360 game. "Gears of War" and Xbox were both sponsors of the Gigantour this year, and MEGADETH has written a song entitled "Gears of War", which is slated to appear on the band's new album, "United Abominations", in March next year.Xbox is currently hosting a contest whereby winners will receive entry to the park, the opportunity for hands-on play with "Gears of War" prior to release, and tickets to a private MEGADETH mini-concert featuring the premier of their song "Gears of War". Go to this web site and enter to win your chance to be there. As previously reported, MEGADETH has tapped British producer Andy Sneap (NEVERMORE, MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, CRADLE OF FILTH) to mix its long-awaited new album, "United Abominations", tentatively due in March 2007 via Roadrunner Records. "United Abominations" will include a cover of LED ZEPPELIN's "Out on the Tiles", which Mustaine has previously described as one of the CD's highlights. "It could be the best song," he said. "I think it rocks!" "United Abominations" was recorded under the watchful eye of Mustaine and co-producer Jeff Balding. The initial studio sessions were filmed by director Michael Sarna (ANTHRAX, OBITUARY) and are available at Megadeth.com to fan-club members. Other songtitles set to appear on the CD include "United Abominations" and "Washington Is Next" (video). MEGADETH's last CD, "The System Has Failed", has sold more than 180,000 copies since its September 2004 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group, who were most recently signed to Sanctuary Records, were joined by bassist James Lomenzo (ex-BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, WHITE LION) in February following the departure of James MacDonough (ex-ICED EARTH). (Thanks: Rattlehead HQ)
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