Megadeath’s David Ellefson Says Band Will Release New Music in 2021

The Heavy Metal giants will release their follow up to the 2016 album dystopia.

As Reported by NME

Megadeth David Ellefson

Megadeth will be releasing new music in 2021 – that’s according to the band’s bassist David Ellefson.

In a new interview, Ellefson discussed the progress of the band’s forthcoming album, the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Dystopia’.

“Basic tracks are done. Overdubs now are continuing,” Ellefson told the Decibel Geek podcast. “I’m sure 2021 will see some new Megadeth music of some form – hopefully the whole album, because touring will open up and we can drop a record and the tour dates that we have rescheduled will all go forward as planned. That’s what we’re hoping.”

He added: “That’s about all I can say on it – just ’cause it’s not done yet, so it’s hard to talk about something that’s still in motion.”

Back in June, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine revealed that the band had recorded 18 songs for their new album.

Speaking about their forthcoming 16th studio album, Mustaine said: “Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] and David Ellefson [bass] both just finished their parts. And this was probably one of the strongest records we’ve ever had as far as duration.

“The other records we’ve done have all done been different lengths, and our [record] contract that we have [to deliver] for one company, it’s eight songs, for another company, it’s 11 songs, so, realistically, all we need to do is do an 11-song album and we’re done, right? That’s not the way old Uncle Dave is, though.”

Rawk Like an Egyptian – Cursed Epic Metal from Homerik

If you’re going to make an album, you might as well throw everything at it like Homerik have. A New York three-piece, seemingly supplemented by, a cast of thousands, from female sopranos to players of ethnic instruments (in fairness, it’s not actually clear who the guitarist in the band is), they have the friendly, symphonic gushing of Nightwish; the quasi-Egyptian doomsaying of Nile and the tongue-in-cheek portentousness of Ghost or Mercyful Fate. It’s somewhat startling on first listen, and not entirely successful but repeated listens reveal a band with a lot of ideas, who perhaps need to cut back on the quantity and concentrate more on the quality.

The lead track, which we are promised a video for at Halloween, A Song of the Night Part 1, is a case in point. At over seven minutes long, it lacks nothing in ambition but spreads every elements of their arsenal to the limits…sadly to the point of snapping point. The orchestral backing is impressive in concept but is somehow more Casio keyboard than lush strings, while the heavy sections are somewhat clunky. Worse, the threat of a second part and beyond, just fills you with the dread of a band taking themselves far too seriously and no-one having the guts to say ‘stop’.

It’s well worth sticking with Homerik though – Curse of the Black Nile, which far from an original idea (an ancient cannibalistic curse features within the lyrics), does at least pack in oodles of atmosphere and shows a band with real power in their ranks, something which they release too infrequently. Best of all is Wendigo, the opening screams and slow build of chest-bursting percussion giving way to some top-notch atmospherics. A real blood-chiller and a great indication of what Homerik have to offer in the future, hopefully.