A 360° view of MEGADETH performing the song “Poisonous Shadows” from the band’s Virtual Reality experience for the new album, “Dystopia”, is available below. The track features piano playing from new MEGADETH guitarist Kiko Loureiro as well as orchestration from famed Nashville arranger Ronn Huff, the father of former MEGADETH producer Dann Huff. MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine described the track to Rolling Stone as “a really haunting piece” and added that “the part that [Kiko] played is very Chopin-meets-MEGADETH, if that makes sense.”
As previously reported, MEGADETH will film a video for the song “Post American World” early this week.
“Dystopia” shifted 49,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending January 28.
In terms of pure album sales, “Dystopia” opened with 48,000 copies, marking MEGADETH’s highest-charting album since 1992’s “Countdown To Extinction” debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the chart dated August 1 of that year. “Dystopia” also logged the group’s best sales week since 2007, when “United Abominations” landed at No. 8 with first-week sales of 54,000.
In addition to Mustaine and Loureiro, MEGADETH’s current lineup includes longtime bassist David Ellefson and LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler.
On April 8, Universal Music / Tradecraft / T-Boy Records issued “Dystopia” as a limited-edition vinyl picture disc featuring the album’s vivid dark and chilling artwork which takes the bands long-time mascot Vic Rattlehead to a whole new level and drops him into a bleak, futuristic dystopian universe.