Roadrunner Records has officially announced the signing of MEGADETH.
Recognized as one of rock's most forward-thinking bands, MEGADETH and its frontman Dave Mustaine have cast a long shadow on the metal and hard rock landscape with millions of records sold worldwide and an undeniable influence echoed in scores of young bands today.
"We are proud to be working with one of the chief architects of modern hard rock and metal: Dave Mustaine," says Roadrunner A&R man Mike Gitter. "MEGADETH and Roadrunner have led parallel careers on the cutting edge of metal for years now. The combination of the two is bound to be lethal."
Mustaine says of his new home, "It is exciting to be some place you are respected, understood and appreciated. The truth is there's a lot of people I've known there over the years. I'm stoked we're all coming back together again to work on this project."
MEGADETH has begun work on its as-yet-untitled Roadrunner debut under the watchful eye of Mustaine and co-producer Jeff Balding. The studio sessions — held at Sarm Studios, outside of London — were filmed by director Michael Sarna (ANTHRAX, OBITUARY) and are available at Megadeth.com to fan-club members.
MEGADETH's last CD, "The System Has Failed", came out in September 2004. 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). Mustaine is also presently finalizing the lineup for MEGADETH's Gigantour 2 festival of the U.S., tentatively set to kick off late August.