Megadeth Picture Disc; Tour Expands

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MEGADETH Unleash New Studio Album 'Dystopia' Available January 22, 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Universal Music Enterprises)

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Update (March 17): Dystopia is being issued as a limited edition picture disc on April 8. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart when it was released earlier this year.

Thrash metal pioneers Megadeth have released their 15th studio album Dystopia on Universal Music Enterprises/Tradecraft/T-Boy Records on January 22, 2016.

With musical architect Dave Mustaine at the helm, Dystopia was recorded in Nashville. In the announcement, Mustaine says: “There’s an excitement right now that I haven’t felt for a really long time.”

The rest of the Megadeth lineup includes longtime bassist David “Junior” Ellefson, new member Kiko Loureiro (formerly of Angra) on guitar, and drummer Chris Adler, who took time away from Lamb of God to record Dystopia.

The disc features 11 new tracks and is available on both CD and LP (see below), as well as digitally through all online partners. Here’s the video for “The Threat Is Real”…


“Fatal Illusion” ws the first track issued from the album. Listen here:

Dystopia weaves together Mustaine’s intricate and unique songwriting style, trademark leads and lightning riffs with harmonious precision, paying homage to Megadeth’s influential roots while continuing to break new and heavy ground.

Megadeth burst onto the scene 30 years ago, forging a new hard rock genre alongside Mustaine’s former band Metallica with their debut album Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! (recently recognized by VH1 as the Greatest Thrash Metal Debut Album of All-Time). The group has sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning 11 Grammy nominations and scoring five consecutive platinum albums – including 1992’s two-million-selling Countdown To Extinction.

Track Listing:
1. The Threat Is Real
2. Dystopia
3. Fatal Illusion
4. Death From Within
5. Bullet To The Brain
6. Post American World
7. Poisonous Shadows
8. Conquer Or Die!
9. Lying In State
10. The Emperor
11. Foreign Policy

Megadeth embarks on a massive world tour commencing February 20th in Dallas, Texas. The North American leg will see the thrash metal band traveling to 14 states and throughout Canada.

These will be Megadeth’s first live appearances since recruiting Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler and Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro to replace Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick. Along for the ride are Suicidal Tendences, Havok and Children of the Bodom, who previously appeared with Megadeth on their North American tour in 2008.

For North American tickets to the Dystopia tour click here.

Megadeth 2016 North American Tour Dates:
2/20 – Dallas, Texas
2/21 – Houston, Texas
2/23 – Denver, Colo.
2/24 – Salt Lake City, Utah
2/26 – Las Vegas, Nev.
2/27 – Phoenix, Ariz.
2/28 – Los Angeles, Calif.
2/29 – San Francisco, Calif.
3/2-3 – Honolulu, Hawaii
3/5 – Penticton, Canada
3/6 – Calgary, Canada
3/8 – Dawson Creek, Canada
3/9 – Edmonton, Canada
3/10 – Moose Jaw, Canada
3/13 – Chicago, Ill.
3/15 – Niagara Falls, N.Y.
3/16-17 – New York, New York
3/19 – Bethlehem, Penn.
3/20 – Philadelphia, Penn.
3/21 – Boston, Mass.
3/23 – Bangor, Maine
3/24 – Quebec, Canada
4/28 – San Juan, PR
4/30 – Ft. Myers, FL
5/1 – Jacksonville, FL
5/7 – Concord, NC
5/20-22 – Columbus, OH
5/22 – Schaghticoke, NY
5/26 – Sioux Falls, SD
5/27-28 – Pryor, OK
5/29 – San Antonio, TX

European Tour Dates:
6/2 – Milan, Italy
6/3 – Bologna, Italy
6/5 – Nijmegen, The Netherlands
6/7 – Lodz, Poland
6/9 – Solvesborg, Sweden
6/10-12 – Paris, France
6/11 – Castle Donington, England
6/14 – Groningen, The Netherlands
6/15 – Basel, Switzerland
6/16 – Luxembourg
6/17 – Dessel, Belgium
6/1i-19 – Clisson, France
6/22 – Berlin, Germany
6/23 – Hamburg, Germany
6/24 – Copenhagen, Denmark
6/25 – Halden, Norway
6/28 – Cologne, Germany
6/29 – Frankfurt, Germany
6/30 – Munich, Germany
7/2 – Rishon LeZion, Israel
7/5 – Athens, Greece
7/7 – Sofia, Bulgaria
7/13 – Bucharest, Romania
7/15 – Dunaujvaros, Hungary
7/16 – Presov, Slovakia
7/17 – Vizovicev, Czech Republic

South American Tour Dates:
8/2 – Santiago, Chile
8/7 – Sao Paulo, Brazil
8/12 – Brasilia, Brazil
8/13 – Fortaleza, Brazil
8/16 – Porto Alegre, Brazil
8/20 – Asuncion, Paraguay
8/22 – Buenos Aires, Argentina

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