This isn’t really a huge surprise with all the recent layoffs and what not over at Roadrunner Records, but thrash legends Megadeth have decided to jump ship and announced their departure. Frontman Dave Mustaine has stated via Twitter:
“Today marks the end of an era with Roadrunner @rrusa. Hopefully we can finish strong with a #Grammy.”
You really could have predicted this back in 2009 when Mustaine had some pretty scathing things to say about Roadrunner and the way they handled his records. To read what he had to say click here.
All the way back in 2009 Mustaine has also said of Roadrunner:
“Kudos Roadrunner, the 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.
“I can’t tell you how many stores I go into while on tour and I see nothing. And all I hear from RR is we are committed to the record.
Then again about a year after that:
“We’re getting ready to start the next Megadeth record 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.”
Megadeth have been signed to Roadrunner since 2006 and released three albums in that time.