Pioneer thrash rock band MEGADETH has announced today that it will give its fans the ultimate cutting edge experience in Virtual Reality. The band will head into a special Virtual Reality set-up with director Blair Underwood where they will perform and film five songs from their upcoming album “Dystopia”: “Fatal Illusion”, “Dystopia”, “The Threat Is Real”, “Poisonous Shadows” and “Post American World”.
As a director, DGA member, Underwood directed the 2009 independent feature “The Bridge To Nowhere”, as well as several music videos, short films and commercials. He is currently recurring on ABC‘s hit series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The band’s performance will appear within the fallen city of a dystopian world modeled after the world created in MEGADETH‘s new music video for “The Threat Is Real”.
Next Galaxy Corp., a leading developer of innovative content solutions and immersive consumer virtual reality technology, will create a dystopian universe surrounding the band, and allow fans to virtually enter, engage and explore this parallel world.
Released on January 22, 2016, fans will be able to purchase the new album, a CEEK Virtual Reality cardbox headset with instructions, and a download code to access and unlock exclusive content, which will also be simultaneously launched with the release of “Dystopia” to begin their VR Experience. This special CD package will be available at all physical and online retailers.
Featuring 11 brand new tracks, “Dystopia” will be released on both CD and LP, as well as digitally through all online partners on January 22 on Universal Music Enterprises / Tradecraft / T-Boy Records.
With musical architect and band visionary Dave Mustaine at the helm, “Dystopia” was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA).
The rest of the MEGADETH lineup is comprised of new member Kiko Loureiro (of ANGRA), David Ellefson on bass, and drummer Chris Adler, who took time away from LAMB OF GOD to record “Dystopia”. The result marks a true return to form, adding new blood and injecting a new burst of creative energy into the new album.
Recently, MEGADETH announced the details for the North American leg of their “Dystopia” world tour, which will kick off in Dallas, Texas on February 20, 2016. The North American leg will take them across the U.S, visiting 12 states and throughout Canada.