MEGADETH LEAVE ROADRUNNER

It looks as though thrash giants Megadeth have decided against re-signing with Roadrunner Records for their next release.

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Earlier this week, mainman Dave Mustaine stated on his Twitter account: “Today marks the end of an era with Roadrunner. Hopefully we can finish strong with a Grammy”.

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The band has released three studio albums through Roadrunner, 2007’s ‘United Abominations’, 2009’s ‘Engame’ and last year’s ‘TH1RT3EN’.

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Back in 2009, before he was attacking Obama and gay marriage so prolifically, Mustaine blasted Roadrunner in an online post, saying: “Kudos, Roadrunner, this is the first worldwide critically acclaimed record by the press, and the fans, and you just can’t seem to get this right. This is the first time that everyone likes a record of mine, and you can’t get us on the radio or into the stores.

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“I can’t tell you how many stores I go into while on tour and I see nothing. And all I hear from [Roadrunner] is, ‘We are committed to the record.’ My ass.”

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Then, in 2010, Mustaine said: “We’re getting ready to start the next Megadeth record [‘TH1RT3EN’] in January and the funny thing is my manager is telling me now how Roadrunner is going out of their way now to try and give me this new huge deal, and I just don’t want it. I don’t want it. The treatment’s been terrible over the years, and I just don’t want it. I would rather retire than continue to play like that. Either we’re gonna release digitally or [see] what happens next. We’ve got this last record [that we owe to] Roadrunner [as part of our current contract]; it’s gonna be a great record ’cause the songs are really, really good. ‘Cause I don’t want my side of the bargain to be tainted — I wanna be a gentleman and be respectful and deliver my side of the deal, whether or not the other party has or not.”

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“Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)”, taken from ‘TH1RT3EN’, is nominated for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, which will be held in February 2013 in Los Angeles.

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