MEGADETH‘s new song “Kingmaker” can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The track comes off the band’s new album, “Super Collider”, which is scheduled for a June 4 release via MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine‘s new label, Tradecraft, distributed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). Horn player Bob Findley — who previously appeared on the track “Silent Scorn” from MEGADETH‘s 2001 CD, “The World Needs A Hero” — is a featured guest on the song “A House Divided” on the new album. Other tracks set to appear on the effort include the title track, “Forget To Remember”, “Dance In The Rain”, “The Blackest Crow”, “Burn”, “Don’t Turn Your Back”, a snippet of which can be streamed at MegadethGame.com.
In a recent interview with the “Shockwaves”/“HardRadio” podcast,Mustaine stated about “Kingmaker”: “[That song] is about the epidemic we’re having in our nation right now with hillbilly heroin, with everybody taking pain pills.
“It’s no secret that I had surgery on my neck. I think that when I showed up at the ‘Big Four’ show [at the Yankee stadium in September 2011] with a neck brace on, people kind of figured out that there was something wrong with me. It turns out that I had a broken bone in my neck and a shard of my vertebrae got into my spinal cord and was causing me tremendous pain for a very long time. I had started taking pain pills and became chemically dependent on it.
“With my substance-abuse history, it was really hard for me to go from being an addict and an alcoholic and then getting set free from all that stuff. ‘Cause I went to the whole twelve-step thing, which was really beneficial for me, but unfortunately, for me it wasn’t an anonymous program; I would go in there and whatever I would say, people would talk about. So it really violated my anonymity. It’s also a program that is based on God, but when I would talk about God in there, they would say, ‘Ah, G.O.D. stands for Group Of Drunks.’ And it’s, like, ‘No, it doesn’t. Can’t you spell, you retard? That’s why you’re in here.’ But at the time, it was very influential in my life and very important and I respect it tremendously and I wish anybody who needs a twelve-step program will find one…
“The song ‘Kingmaker’ is about how people are running from their problems… And there’s a lot of that on this particular record — just looking at, like, ‘Here’s what I’ve got. What are you gonna do with it?’ It’s talking a lot about this generation, how people, their lives are falling apart and they just take pills. Instead of sucking up and doing what I did and going and getting the surgery and getting off the medication, they’ll continue to just trudge it out until the end of their life where they just take pills until their body is eaten… And the other thing that’s part of that song is talking about how when you take these things how they make you feel different. Some people, they get into that ’cause they like the way it makes you feel, ’cause it makes you kind of feel warm and fuzzy. In the song, it talks about wanting to fly and being ten feet tall. Booze does that to some people. And this is just something that, I think, if there is a way that I can help educate a lot of our fans, especially the younger ones that still have their whole life ahead of them, it’s not as glamorous as you think it is to go down that path of just checking it out and drugging yourself up and not facing reality…
“Part of what ‘Kingmaker’ means to me is that I am able to look back now on this whole episode of my life, being a slave to Big Pharma. You have no idea what a pain in the ass it was. In order to travel to go overseas, and I needed the medication with me, to know that if my backpack would have been stolen and my medication would have been gone, that I would have gone into serious withdrawals and been hospitalized and the tour would have been over. That kind of stuff; it’s horrifying. And my heart goes out to the people that are stuck in that vicious circle and slavery to narcotics. Granted, you need it if you’re in pain, but…”
As previously reported, MEGADETH will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” with host Bob Coburn on Monday, June 17 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with MEGADETHby calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). The show will be streamed on the“Rockline” web site for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.
“Super Collider” is MEGADETH‘s first release since the band’s recent split with Roadrunner Records.
“Super Collider” album cover: