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Dave Mustaine has eight new songs written for next Megadeth album, due out this year 

Credit: Jeremy SafferMegadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has provided fans with a new update on the progress of the band's next album, telling Kerrang! that he has eight songs written for the record.

"Of this eight, probably three are completely done musically, to the point where I would record them tomorrow," Mustaine explains.

"I want to get in the studio and start woodshedding until I have the material we need or until the [the other band members] come and start contributing -- because I welcome their songwriting. It's just getting us all in the same room and waiting for the inspiration."

As for when we'll get to hear the new album -- the follow-up to 2016's Dystopia -- Mustaine says he's aiming for "hopefully a 2019 release."

As previously reported, before the new album arrives, Megadeth is releasing a new greatest hits collection titled Warheads on Foreheads on March 22. Meanwhile, Mustaine is currently playing on the Experience Hendrix tour, while Megadeth will hit the road with Ozzy Osbourne starting late May.

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