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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine: Metallica’s ‘Hardwired…To Self Destruct’ Album ‘Sounds Pretty Good to Me’

Charles Epting for Loudwire

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has had his albums reviewed by critics for the past three decades. Now Mustaine puts on his critic hat for a review of his former band Metallica‘s latest album Hardwired…To Self Destruct.

Mustaine tells TeamRock, “I’ve always been able to appreciate the talent in Metallica. Every band has its strengths and its weaknesses. Personally, from everything I’ve heard so far, I think the new album is a good one. I hear that a lot of people have been making comments about Kirk Hammett and Rob Trujillo not writing anything on it. But sometimes that’s just unavoidable.”

When it comes to the album’s production, Mustaine says, “Hardwired is definitely a different sounding record than, for example, St. Anger, and it sounds pretty good to me. I know it took ‘em eight years to make this record so I’m glad for them that people are digging it. It’s a small community, you know?”

Mustaine would definitely be up for Megadeth to be part of another “Big Four” tour with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax. “To have all of the Big Four releasing great new records within 12 months or so, that’s really cool. Now the big question is whether or not the powers-that-be are gonna allow for the four of us to go and do some more Big Four dates,” continues Mustaine.

He says even though Megadeth already have 2017 tour plans, they would probably change them if “Big Four” dates were planned, because, “it’s a lot more fun and it’s such an event that it takes precedence over just another tour.”

Megadeth’s latest album Dystopia was released earlier this year, and the band has been nominated for a Grammy. The title track received a nod for Best Metal Performance.

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