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Ex-Megadeth Guitarist Chris Broderick Speaks On His Exit And Future

Former Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick spoke with Jose Mangin on SiriusXM‘s ‘Liquid Metal‘ last night and addressed his and drummer Shawn Drover‘s recent exit from the group. Blabbermouth transcribed the chat, with some excerpts below:

On leaving Megadeth:

“Well, it’s not gonna be as exciting as anybody would want. It’s not gonna be some huge drama thing or anything like that. It was simply time [for me to leave]. I’d been in [Megadeth] for seven years and I really wanted to just be able to have that kind of creative freedom to write anything I wanted to, to go anywhere with it that I wanted to and just kind of direct my own course.

The way I kind of think of it is it’s kind of not unlike a chef that works at a restaurant that decides that he wants to open up his own restaurant or maybe a lawyer that wants to start his own firm or something like that. It was a great time to move on. And I think, talking with Shawn, Shawn was in the exact same place. We had talked about it and we had thought about it for a little bit. And so when Shawn quit [on November 25], it was, like, ‘Whoah! What happened?’ I mean, I knew that we had talked about it, but he did it; he actually just left the band…

[Shawn and I] talk all the time, and so I knew that he had thought about it and I had been thinking about it. But as soon as he quit, I knew he had made the right decision. Because Megadeth is going to be ramping up for their next CD recording cycle, and if you’ve got trepidation about being a part of something, you don’t wanna commit to that process, the writing process, and then bail on ‘em. And so when Shawn quit, that instantly became clear to me.

So I talked to Ellefson and then I went and I talked to Jackson Guitars, my endorsement, and Fractal Audio Systems, and they were all so supportive. They were, like, ‘Dude, we’ve got your back. You do what you’ve gotta do.’ So I decided that night after Shawn did it, I was, like, ‘It is the right time,’ because Megadeth is getting ready to move into their next recording cycle. I mean, if there is a good time to leave, that was it.”

On Dave Mustaine‘s reaction to the news:

“He was definitely disappointed. It was, obviously… It’s not something that he wanted to hear or anything like that. The one thing that you wanna know is, in a way, we were hired guns, so…”

Both Broderick and Drover plan to form a new band together, of which he said:

“Well, one of the things that I’ve always wanted to do is a solo CD, so I’m definitely gonna be working on that in 2015. But one of the things that I’ve really recently become very excited about is, through talking with Shawn Drover, we’ve talked about how we had all this material that was never gonna get released, all these killer, heavy riffs that we had written and stuff, and so we just decided, ‘Hey, why don’t we put the stuff out? Why don’t we form a band and get out these killer riffs, just to see what people think?’ So we formed a band, we’re working with a killer singer — he’s awesome — and we’ve got record labels that have made some good offers on the table, and we’re really excited about where that’s gonna go.”

The English edition of Behemoth vocalist/guitarist Nergal‘s book, “Confessions Of A Heretic: The Sacred And The Profane: Behemoth And Beyond” will be released on March 19th, 2015. Mark Eglinton oversaw the translation from the books native Polish to English. For more info head over to

Pallbearer Reportedly Added To At The Gates, Converge & Vallenfyre Tour

It looks as though Pallbearer will be the special guest on next year’s ‘Decibel Tour‘ which features At The Gates, Converge and Vallenfyre. Dates for that run include:

03/27 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
03/28 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
03/29 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
03/30 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
03/31 Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
04/02 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
04/03 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
04/04 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Street
04/05 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
04/06 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
04/08 Toronto, ON – The Phoenix
04/09 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
04/10 Boston, MA – Royale
04/11 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
04/12 New York, NY – Webster Hall

King Conquer Out To Make Things Right With Those Scammed By Ex-Guitarist

King Conquer have set out to right the wrongs they allege were committed by their former guitarist John Byrd. The two parties had a bitter split in which Byrd is accused of having ripped off various fans for merch before deleting the groups Facebook. The band said of that matter:

“We are on a mission right now to make things right with EVERYONE who was ripped off by our ex-guitarist John Byrd.

Please email with proof of money sent to John Byrd. It can be a screen shot of your transaction or however you paid him.

We will email you back as soon as we can and get this figured out directly with you.


Incubus Debut New Song “Trust Fall”, Sign With Island Records

Incubus have signed a new deal with Island Records. The group have been busily recording new material as of late and will release two EP’s within the next year with the first expected to land in February/March and the other to follow in the summer. Guitarist Mike Einziger told Billboard that those efforts will feature their “heaviest song” and “high energy” material.

The band debuted a new track from those outings titled “Trust Fall” at the ‘KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas‘ concert in Inglewood, CA over the weekend, pro-shot footage of that can be found below:
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Korn have added another 20th anniversary performance of their self-titled debut album to their itinerary. The group will be playing the album from front to back during their set at the ‘Resurrection Fest‘ in Vivero, Spain, which runs from July 16th-18th. Motörhead, Refused, In Flames, Black Label Society, Fear Factory and many more are also on the bill for that festival.

Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches Stream “Mother”

Karyn CrisisGospel Of The Witches have released a track from hew debut venture from the project, “Salem’s Wounds“. You can hear “Mother” from the outing below, which she recorded with Davide Tiso (ex-Ephel Duath), Ross Dolan (Immolation), Mike Hill (Tombs) and Charlie Schmid (Vaura). That album will be release March 10th on Century Media and was in part crowdfunded by campaigns that ran via Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
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SUMAC (Baptists, Ex-Isis, Etc.) Make Their Live Debut, Footage Available

SUMAC (Baptists, Russian Circles and ex-Isis) made their live debut in Vancouver, BC earlier in the month, opening for Deafheaven. Some fan-filmed live footage from that is available after the break. The bands debut album “The Deal” will meet a February 03rd release on Profound Lore/SIGE Records.
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Relapse have announced their plans to release Rwake‘s first-ever demo release from 1998, “Xenoglossalgia: The Last Stage Of Awareness“. Brad Boatright (Sleep, High On Fire) has remastered those recordings, which will be released on CD/LP/digital formats on February 10th. Pre-orders are available here with a clip of the remastered track “Calibos“/”So Fucking Tired” streaming below:
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