SHAWN DROVER - "Im An Advocate For The Heavy Stuff"
by Martin Popoff

They've made a raft of considerably heavy and quite under-rated records very quickly as of late, and Canuck drummer Shawn Drover has been there for most of them, specifically the last four. The band is MEGADETH and the new record is Super Collider, an album that finds Mega-Dave brave to stretch out again, although cognizant of at least some parameters. The result is a richly varied album, embodied in the relentlessly catchy title track, of course.

"You know what? I know," chuckles Drover, probably not believing me when I tell him it's my favorite track on the album, due mostly to Dave's singing and hooky vocal melody on it, one that marries LED ZEPPELIN's 'In The Light' to the Sesame Street theme. "You're a hardcore metal fan just like I am. Some people aren't going to get it, and they're not going to like it. I knew it as soon as we wrote the song. This is one of those songs that Dave had written already, that he had constructed, towards the end of the Thirteen tour. It was one of those songs that was a 90% written thing. And it's obviously a simple song, somewhat like 'Symphony Of Destruction', very to the point, verse, chorus, bridge, solo and what have you. So it's a simple song, and it's not as heavy as 'The Conjuring'. I mean, that's a fact. And that's going to piss some people off. And to me, I don't care, that doesn't bug me, you know what I mean? I grew up listening to VAN HALEN, SUPERTRAMP, FLEETWOOD MAC, BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE. To me, good music is good music. If it's good, I like it. I think it's a really good hard rock tune, end of story."

Let's not get carried away. It's not like it's like a Risk song or anything. And of course, most of the rest of the record is much more brutally appointed anyway.

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