Megadeth Update: Two Albums Comin' Page 3
By Martin Popoff
The track Return To Hangar turns out to be a metaphor for the whole Megadeth situation. "It's a lyrical reprise to Hangar 18 from Rust In Peace. Because I thought back, we were going through the Bahamas, and I thought, God it would be interesting, everybody is always saying they love Rust In Peace and I'm thinking, with us returning to our roots on this record, it would be really symbolic if we return to Hangar 18 and saw what had happened. So the song is about all these aliens being in cryogenic chambers being served by military intelligence. And this time we come back and see that there has been an insurrection by the aliens and they've broken out and hung all the military intelligence."
"Bill Kennedy co-produced the new album," continues Dave. "He did an unbelievable job of recording the record. The sounds are really really, for me, nothing like Risk and Cryptic Writings. I mean, there are some moments on Cryptic Writings that really capture Megadeth's power, and the songwriting was really developed for me. I learned a lot about songwriting and formulas and stuff like that which I used on Risk. But Risk's tone is really really far away from what Megadeth is about. I think a lot of that also had to do with the fact that Marty Friedman wanted to put his signature sound onto Risk where he was - obvious unbeknownst to me, but obvious to the rest of the world - signaling his departure, because of his desire to play another type of music. It's evident on the record. You know, we wanted to keep harmony in the band by allowing certain things to happen, concessions and so on, and I guess we didn't make a big enough concession. And Marty, there's no replacing Marty Friedman. We've now got Al Pitrelli, and I want him to be the best Al he can be, but he's not forced into being a Marty Friedman or a Jeff Young or a Chris Poland or anyone for that matter."
In closing, Dave figures, "I gotta just do what I do. And that's why on this new record there's stuff that's fast, there's stuff that slow, there's stuff that is extremely heavy, there's a nine minutes song on it, there's stuff that has like an Irish violin on it. I've just got this whole cross-sampling of all this stuff in my head because I think it's what my fans want to hear. Not what we have to do (shaking and hitting the Risk CD) to get on MTV and radio. Now consequently the manager who was working with me on this record - I had two managers - the band doesn't work with the other guy anymore because of the situation that happened with the Risk record. I still respect and admire him very much but the other band members don't want anything to do with him so in honoring the band's relationship with each other, he's not involved with our business any more."