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Megadeth Channel Bluegrass in 'The Blackest Crow' - Song Premiere

Metal greats readying 14th studio album, 'Super Collider'

May 31, 2013 8:00 AM ET
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Dave Mustaine of Megadeth.
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On June 4th, Megadeth will release their 14th studio album, Super Collider, on Tradecraft/UME. Now you can take an exclusive listen to the album cut "The Blackest Crow." Opening with the eerie pluck of a banjo (that's actually a six-string guitar mounted on a banjo body) and a pitter-patter snare, the metal heroes bring the heavy thrash quickly while retaining the track's initial bluegrass bent.

Frontman Dave Mustaine reveals that the track was inspired by his mother-in-law's struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. The song was then "altered to be more about a tragic loss and the depression that follows," he tells Rolling Stone.

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The frontman adds that he reached out to Willie Nelson to guest on the track, though their schedules didn't line up, and even sent the cut to Miranda Lambert. "Although she declined, her manager was polite enough to reportedly say she didn't feel she could make the song better. I was very flattered," he says.

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