In an interview with TeamRock.com, Megadeth’s founder, frontman and guitarist, the Dave Mustaine, he was asked to review Metallica’s 10th studio album, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. Uh, oh. Would he start a Symphony of Destruction on the band that he has been a thorn in his side, so to speak, for decades now?
“I’ve always been able to appreciate the talent in Metallica. Every band has its strengths and weaknesses. Personally, from everything I’ve heard so far, I think the 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…The best songs make the cut. Everyone wants to pick the best things.”
“When it comes to critiquing production stuff, it’s kind of a personal thing. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For example, I know a lot of people really dig Rick Rubin and the way he produces stuff. While I respect Rick tremendously…when he does stuff with metal bands it doesn’t necessarily translate in the same way. 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?”
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“To have all of the Big Four [Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax] releasing great new records within 12 months or so, that’s really cool. Now the big question is whether the powers that be are gonna allow for the four of us to go and do some more Big Four dates. We’ve got a lot of great stuff going on and we’ve got some stuff we’re setting up for Asia and the United States for next year, but if the Big Four stuff presented itself we’d probably yield to that because it’s a lot more fun and it’s such an event that it takes precedence over just another tour, so to speak. When fans get to have four of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time on the same stage, that’s something you can tell your grandkids about.”
Dave, always the prince of eloquence! His interview about Metallica’s latest hit album is just days after there was a little kerfuffle created by some fans over comments that Kirk Hammett made about Dave Mustaine and his love-hate relationship with Metallica and then Dave’s alleged response to Kirk over social media.
So let’s just put this out there – when it comes to this particular music genre, you can never take the metal out of a metalhead. It’s not about personal tiffs or professional image, or any of that commercial nonsense. It’s purely about the music, and the respect that one has for it. And that’s exactly what has kept both Metallica and Megadeth at the top of their games for so many years. There was blood, sweat and tears put in by both bands and they are deeply loved by the worldwide community.