MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:
"It has been a bit since my last post here, but as I am sure most of you are aware, things have been quite busy with us — the latest being our quick trip over to Spain for a few festival shows.
"For me personally, I quite enjoy playing festivals overseas (or anywhere, for that matter) as it gives me a chance to perhaps re-acquaint myself with other bandmembers, meeting new bandmembers and hopefully (if time permits) catching some of these bands during their set. Some of these bands who are quite popular overseas may not play in my neck of the woods as much (at least in recent times). One such band at both festivals was HELLOWEEN, which oddly enough, I had never seen in their now 20-year-or-so career. Happily, I did watch them at both Spain festivals and I thought they were just great!! I had a few brief talks with their bass player (Markus Grosskopf) who was very friendly, so cheers to them.
"Of course, I did manage to see a few other bands as well, which all sounded great to me. Talked for a few with both Eric and Chuck from TESTAMENT — great dudes, great band, crushing set — end of story. All in all, it was a fun, quick trip for me.
"So now you know about Gigantour 2006 — what bands, what cities (for the most part) etc. I am really looking forward to all of this — I hope you are as well.
"And, of course, the new MEGADETH record!!!! I will speak nothing about the content (I'm old-school that way), [but] I will say that I am very, very proud of this record and to be a part of it."
As previously reported, the artwork for the upcoming MEGADETH album, "United Abominations", has been unveiled as part of the Gigantour e-card. Check it out at the MEGADETH fan site Rattlehead HQ. The e-card appears to use one of the Vic Rattlehead (MEGADETH mascot) redesigns from the DeviantART contest that was held back in January/February. This entry appeared in the Top 11 but did not win the contest. The Vic that appears to feature on the cover of "United Abominations" can be found here.
"United Abominations" was recorded under the watchful eye of mainman Dave Mustaine and co-producer Jeff Balding. The initial studio sessions — held at Sarm Studios, outside of London — were filmed by director Michael Sarna (ANTHRAX, OBITUARY) and are available at Megadeth.com to fan-club members. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "United Abominations", "Washington Is Next" and "Gears of War". An October 31 release via Roadrunner Records is expected.
MEGADETH's last CD, "The System Has Failed", has sold more than 180,000 copies since its September 2004 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group, who were most recently signed to Sanctuary Records, were joined by bassist James Lomenzo (ex-BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, WHITE LION) in February following the departure of James MacDonough (ex-ICED EARTH).