MEGADETH‘s video for the
song “Public Enemy No. 1” can be viewed below. The clip was shot on
September 17 in Santa Clarita, California on a movie set where old Westerns are
filmed. Bassist David Ellefson stated in a video message about the
“Public Enemy No. 1” clip, “We have never shot a video like this before;
there’s actually animals in the movie and that’s all we can say.”On the
topic of how the song “Public Enemy No. 1” came together, Ellefson
told Music Radar in a recent interview, “We started writing this song
during a soundcheck in Croatia last year, and we finished it in Vienna, Austria
a short while later. Funnily enough, earlier this year we wrote another song on
the record called ‘Never Dead’ in the same venue in Austria. So that
place has magic in it. It’s another New Wave Of British Heavy Metal-type song,
at least as far as what I do. I loved the early DEF LEPPARD records, and
I’m copping a bit of a Rick Savage bass approach on it. I really tried to
write around the vocals. I love to hear as much of the band, especially the
vocals, when I record a bass part. As a player, I want to be the mortar between
the blocks that glue the building together. Once the vocal melody developed,
Johnny [K., producer] and I worked with Dave
[Mustaine, vocals/guitar], and that allowed me to put down a strong bass
part. It was a fun way to record. I had a lot of note choices available to me,
and there’s a cool moving bassline in the B section of the verse as well as the
chorus. As a listener, none of that matters, but hopefully, you’ll feel the song
jump.”“Public Enemy No. 1” comes off MEGADETH‘s new album,
“TH1RT3EN”, which is likely to sell between 40,000 and 45,000 copies in
the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site
Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports
compiled after the record arrived in stores on November 1 via Roadrunner
Records
.

MEGADETH‘s previous CD, 2009’s “Endgame”,
opened with 45,000 units to debut at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart.
This was slightly less than the 54,000 first-week tally registered by 2007’s
“United Abominations”, which landed at No. 8. 2004’s “The System Has
Failed”
premiered with 46,000 copies (No. 18) while 2001’s “The World
Needs A Hero”
moved 61,000 units in its first week (No.
16).

“TH1RT3EN” was recorded at MEGADETH mainman Dave
Mustaine
‘s Vic’s Garage studio in San Marcos, California with
producer Johnny K (full name: John Karkazis), who has previously
worked with DISTURBED, SEVENDUST, MACHINE HEAD and
STAIND, among others. The artwork was once again created by artist
John Lorenzi, who worked on the last two MEGADETH studio albums,
2007’s “United Abominations” and 2009’s “Endgame”, as well as the
band’s 2007 box set, “Warchest”.

 

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