Ex-Megadeth duo to form new band

Chris-Broderick

Former Megadeth men Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick are to work together in a new band.

The pair quit Megadeth within hours of each other last month.

Broderick immediately made clear that he will work on a solo album during 2015, and now says that he and Drover have unfinished business together.

Speaking to Liquid Metal, Broderick said: “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.

“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.”

He insists, too, that there was no major falling out with his ex-colleagues in Megadeth, adding:

“It was a great time to move on. And I think, talking with Shawn, he was in the exact same place. We had talked about it and had thought about it for a little bit. And so when Shawn quit, it was, like, ‘What happened?’ I knew that we had talked about it, but he did it – he actually just left the band.

“We 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 them.

“When Shawn quit, that instantly became clear to me. So I decided that night after Shawn did it, I was, like, ‘It is the right time.'”

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Megadeth: Broderick and Drover quit

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Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover have left Megadeth.

The pair released separate statements announcing their decisions, with guitarist Broderick citing “artistic and musical differences” and drummer Drover stating that he wants to pursue other musical interests.

Broderick says in his statement: “It is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction. I want all of you to know how much I appreciate the amount that you, the fans, have accepted and respected me. I wish Dave and everyone in Megadeth all the best. I am working on a few things of my own, and hope that when they come out, you’ll all dig it.”

Drover’s statement reads: “I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests. I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as all the amazing fans around the world. I truly appreciate all of you. Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey.”

No official statement has yet been made by the band. The split leaves frontman Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson as the only members of the group. Earlier this month Mustaine confirmed that the band were heading in to the studio in January to record their 15th album.

“We’re going to start in January. We’ll be touring in August with a very huge English metal band in the States and South America, and we’re hoping to get our record out sometime in the summer,” he said.

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