Back in November, Dave Mustaine shared a brief teaser clip of new Megadeth music. He's been giving small updates on the band's progress along the way, but has been reluctant to divulge a targeted release date, if there even is one right now. In his latest update, Mustaine reveals he's going dark on social media to place a stronger focus on the follow-up to 2016's Dystopia, which netted the band their first Grammy victory.

"Droogs, I’m pulling back on Social Media as things rev up re: LP 16. Not enough time to do my job(s)," Mustaine tweeted on Christmas Day, noting, "Progress is good. Music is fast & strong. All 4 contributing. Things are good. Get updates via, @Megadeth until we finish LP 16. I’m hurryin'. Really!"

What we know so far is that it looks like there's going to be blast beats on this album, a first for Megadeth, and that Mustaine has scaled back his political commentary regarding the lyrics. "I think right now that the state of affairs in the world, it’s so horrible – it’s just so horrible. People are so mean to each other," he told The Metal Voice. So, I’ve toned it down a little bit with the political stuff to where it’s more about being a one-world kind of people, about the stuff that affects us as people, not so much as citizens of any government or nation. Why put an unnecessary wall up between us, right?"

It will be a busy 2019 for the thrash titans. The Megacruise is booked for Oct. 13 and Megadeth will be providing direct support for Ozzy Osbourne on the next North American leg of his farewell tour. See those dates below.

Ozzy Osbourne + Megadeth 2019 North American Tour Dates:

05/31 - Sunrise, Fla. @ BB&T Center
06/02 - Tampa, Fla. @ Midflorida Credit Union Arena
06/04 - Charlotte, N.C. @ PNC Music Pavilion
06/06 - Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Center
06/08 - Hershey, Pa. @ Hershey Concerts
06/11 - New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
06/13 - Burgettstown, Pa. @ KeyBan Pavilion
06/15 - Bangor, Maine @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
06/20 - Hamilton, Ontario @ FirstOntario Centre
06/22 - Uncasville, Conn. @ Mohegan Sun
06/26 - Maryland Heights, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
06/28 - Kansas City, Mo. @ Spirit Center
06/30 - Des Moines, Iowa @ Wells Fargo Arena
07/04 - Milwaukee, Wis. @ Summerfest / American Family Insurance Amphitheatre
07/06 - Saint Paul, Minn. @ Xcel Energy Center
07/09 - Edmonton, Alberta @ Rogers Place
07/11 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rogers Arena
07/13 - Tacoma, Wash. @ Tacoma Dome
07/16 - Portland, Ore. @ Moda Center
07/18 - Sacramento, Calif. @ Golden 1 Center
07/20 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
07/23 - Chula Vista, Calif. @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
07/25 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
07/27 - Mountain View, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/29 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Bowl

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