MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has enlisted Tempe, Arizona-based artist Mike Learn to create the artwork for the cover of the latest MEGADETH Album, "The System Has Failed". Mike has chosen to do the art on the medium he is known for, sheet metal. The piece will be created on a 64" by 36" piece of 16 gauge steel.
Commented Learn: "This project is the biggest I have ever taken on. The confidence of Dave and his fans have pushed me to a new level. I will not let them down. In all my years as an avid metal fan, I had always admired the work on the MEGADETH albums. I always found it inspirational to say the least. In my opinion, Ed Repka is one of the best in the business. Big shoes to fill. This is a golden opportunity to show the world what I am capable of doing. These chances don't come along too often and I feel totally blessed to take Dave's ideas and scramble them up in my head and make a vision of all the input. So exciting to be apart of what so many people have a passion for." Click here to see photos of the cover as it is being created.
As previously reported, MEGADETH have selected "Die Dead Enough" as the first single from their upcoming CD, "The System Has Failed", due on September 14 through Sanctuary Records. The single will go to metal radio around July 19 and rock radio approximately July 26.
"The System Has Failed" was recorded at Phase Four studios in Tempe, Arizona and features mainman Dave Mustaine alongside drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and bassist Jimmy Sloas. Additional lead guitar tracks were laid down by former MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland.
"The System Has Failed" will be MEGADETH's first album since the announcement that Mustaine was disbanding the group following a serious accident in early 2002. At the time, it was unknown if severe nerve damage in his left arm would leave him able to perform again.