Closing out Bloodstock Festival, Thrash Metal legends Megadeth delivered an absolutely astounding set. Prior to this I was very lucky to be able to speak to both Dave Ellefson and Kiko Loureiro about Megadeth in 2017.
In an unpredictable move, Megadeth had a seismic shift in their line up of November 2014. Following both drummer Shawn Drover and lead guitarist Chris Broderick’s exit, both long time members of the band, Megadeth was at somewhat of a crossroads. Banding together Ellefson and Mustaine, resolved to carry on in the face of adversity. Fast forward to January 2016 and the duo had just released the absolutely phenomenal Dystopia. Combining the classic elements explored in their masterworks Rust In Peace and Peace Sells, Dystopia had a vintage soul with a modern feel.
Enlisting the help of both Kiko Loureiro and Chris Adler, the duo created what personally I think is one of their strongest albums in a number of years. Adding his signature leads Loureiro’s guitar work was critical in this new sound, not to mention the solid rhythms of Adler. Now being a permanent member Loureiro is an essential cog in the Megadeth machine. Completing the line up is ex-Soilwork drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who joined the band in 2016. With a revitalised line up, Megadeth are ready to take on the world in 2017, no doubt a highlight for the UK, the band were announced as Bloodstock Festival’s closing headliner. Campaigning throughout the world on their Dystopia crusade is was very lucky to be able to speak to both Dave Ellefson and Kiko Loureiro, discussing the genesis of Dystopia, the ever evolving sound of Megadeth given its line changes and whether or not they think that there could be another big four.
The Threat is indeed real.