Thursday, May 24, 2007

Megadeth fans thrilled about new release

MEGADETH fans made their feelings about the group’s new CD UNITED ABOMINATIONS (Roadrunner Records) known this week, buying over 54,000 copies and vaulting the esteemed metal group to #8 on Billboard magazine’s Top 200 Albums chart, their highest debut since 1994’s Youthanasia CD. The album is also #1 at metal radio.
In a website posting to his fans on the night of the album’s release, MEGADETH’S founding singer/guitarist DAVE MUSTAINE said, “I want to tell you all how much I love you and how many times I have felt like I was going to explode in anticipation just watching you hear United Abominations for the first time.” In typical MUSTAINE style, he went on to say, “Your love for Megs has fired me up to make a record I love, beyond just about anything I have ever done. I would like to say a ‘lil prayer that each one of you would know how much I love you and appreciate your support…even the assholes.”
The new CD finds MUSTAINE and the group--GLEN DROVER (guitar), SHAWN DROVER (drums) and JAMES LOMENZO (bass)--in their caustic metal glory with songs like the title track, “Amerikhastan” and the next single “Washington Is Next,” which is climbing the charts at active rock radio. The album also features “A Tout le Monde,” now a duet with Lacuna Coil singer Christina Scabbia.
In a Guitar One CD review, Chris Gill said, “Thanks to a resurgence of progressive and thrash metal featuring technically proficient guitar playing, largely brought about by a new generation of bands influenced by Megadeth, Mustaine is once again at the front of the metal movement--this time as a knowing sage instead of a cocky young upstart. This has inspired Mustaine to pursue his artistic vision with renewed vigor, the results of which are boldly on display on the latest Megadeth album, United Abominations. (May 2007).”
And Paul Gargano of added, “With America's war against an ever-morphing evil waging as the backdrop, Mustaine has delivered Megadeth's most musically pointed and lyrically poignant effort of the past decade. Bolstered by a band that holds its own against even the classic 'Deth daze, the band's Roadrunner Records debut (and 11th studio effort overall) is brimming with musical moments that scream vintage Megadeth, all bound together by a lyrical fusion of political rhetoric and Mustaine's wise-ass wit (5/21/07).”
United Abominations is the first new Megadeth CD since 2004’s The System Has Failed, which entered the charts at #18.
MEGADETH’s current tour dates are as follows, with U.S. dates scheduled for early September through October to be announced soon.

Date: City: Venue:
Fri 6/1 Nuremberg, Germany Rock Im Park
Sat 6/2 Roeselare, Belgium Schwung Festival
Sun 6/3 Nurburgring, Germany Rock Am Ring
Tue 6/5 Copenhagen, Denmark Vega
Thu 6/7 Tampere, Finland Sauna Open Air Metal Festival
Fri 6/8 Donington, UK Download Festival
Sun 6/10 Dublin, Ireland Ambassador Theatre
Tue 6/12 Glasgow, Scotland Barrowland Ballroom
Wed 6/13 Bristol, UK Academy
Thu 6/14 Folkestone, UK Leas Cliff Hall
Sat 6/16 London, UK Astoria
Sun 6/17 Nijmegen, Netherlands Fields of Rock Festival
Tue 6/19 Hamberg, Germany Markthalle
Wed 6/20 Karlsruhe, Germany Festhalle Durlach
Fri 6/22 Zaragoza, Spain Monsters of Rock
Sun 6/24 Clisson, France Hellfest
Tue 6/26 Rijssen, Netherlands Club Lucky
Wed 6/27 Zurich, Switzerland Rohstofflager
Thu 6/28 Vienna, Austria Arena Wien
Sat 6/30 Milan, Italy Gods of Metal All
Mon 7/2 Tel Aviv, Israel Hangar 11

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