has announced the addition of Dirk Verbeuren as the band’s new drummer. Verbeuren, formerly of Swedish metal band SOILWORK, has been performing with the band for months, his first show was Rock On The Range festival in May, to a crowd of 40,000 concertgoers.

Most recently, LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler had performed all the drums on the band’s latest album, “Dystopia”, and had toured with MEGADETH when not otherwise busy with his band.

Said MEGADETH bandleader Dave Mustaine: “Chris Adler‘s contributions are sure to be felt for years to come. MEGADETH has been revitalized by Chris‘s playing, as well as his excellent suggestion of Dirk Verbeuren to drum with us. Tremendous thanks to Chris, and a big welcome to Dirk.”

Verbeuren, the 40-year-old Belgian-born-and-now-Los-Angeles-based drummer who had been playing with SOILWORK for more than a decade, had this to say: “Dave, David [Ellefson, bass] and Kiko [Loureiro, guitar], I’m thankful for your warm welcome and thrilled at the opportunity to perform and create bad ass music with you guys.

Chris Adler, thank you for introducing me to MEGADETH — and for your encouragement and support.”

Adler, who called Verbeuren “probably [one of the] top three drummers in the world,” recommended Dirk for the MEGADETH job this past spring after conflicting schedules prevented Chris from playing with the band at several U.S. festivals