Megadeth confirm Dirk Verbeuren is new full-time drummer

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Megadeth with Chris Adler, who drummed on latest album ‘Dystopia’

Megadeth have announced that Dirk Verbeuren has been taken on as their full time drummer.

The former Soilwork musician has been playing live with Megadeth since May as they continue their world tour in support of most recent album, Dystopia.

Verbeuren was hired in the temporary role on the recommendation of Lamb Of God sticksman Chris Adler, who played drums on Dystopia and has toured with Megadeth whenever his schedule has allowed.

Says Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine: “Chris’ contributions are sure to be felt for years to come. Megadeth has been revitalised by Chris’ playing, as well as his excellent suggestion of Dirk to drum with us.

“Tremendous thanks to Chris – and a big welcome to Dirk.”

Says Vebeuren of his new role: “Dave, David Ellefson and Kiko Loureiro, I’m thankful for your warm welcome, and thrilled at the opportunity to perform and create badass music with you. Chris, thank you for introducing me to Megadeth, and for your encouragement and support.”

Adler summarises the change of personnel thus: “It’s been an honour and a pleasure to join my favourite band of all time, and to be a part of their return to the top. I had an amazing time.

“There was no argument or drama, no hidden story. Megadeth needs and deserves a full-time drummer – and as much as I’d like to, I can’t be in two places at once.”

Megadeth are expected to release a video for their track “Post American World” in the near future after teasing it across the internet this week.

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Former Soilwork drummer and new Megadeth sticksman, Dirk Verbeuren

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Megadeth stream title track from new album ‘Dystopia’

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Megadeth have shared a stream of the title track from their new album.

Dystopia is scheduled for release on the 22nd of January. It will be the band’s 15th LP and the follow up to 2013’s Super Collider. It is Dave Mustaine and Co’s first album with new guitarist Kiko Louriero and Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler in a guest role.

Megadeth will head out on the road for a North American tour in February and are set to make an appearance at this year’s Download festival in the UK this summer.

You can listen to “Dystopia” below.

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Megadeth stream new single ‘Fatal Illusion’ and confirm title for new album

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Megadeth are streaming their new track “Fatal Illusion.”

The song is taken from the band’s new studio album, Dystopia, expected to be released on the 22nd of January.

“Fatal Illusion” will be released as a single on the 16th of October.

Dystopia is Megadeth’s 15th LP and the follow up to 2013’s Super Collider. It will be Dave Mustaine and Co’s first album with new guitarist Kiko Louriero and Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler in a guest role. Adler will pull double duties when Megadeth and Lamb Of God tour the UK together in November.

You can listen to “Fatal Illusion” below.

Megadeth Dystopia cover

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