Metal stalwart Megadeth has completed its next album, its first for Sanctuary Records. Due May 15, the 11-track album, dubbed "The World Needs A Hero," was produced by the band.

Metal stalwart Megadeth has completed its next album, its first for Sanctuary Records. Due May 15, the 11-track album, dubbed "The World Needs A Hero," was produced by the band.

"I think that the world needs a hero because there are no more rock stars, Axl (Rose) killed that," band leader Dave Mustaine said in a statement. "What the world needs is an enema but there are too many assholes in the world to choose from to know where to put the hose, so a hero would be my second choice. It's kind of hard to find a rhyme for 'enema.'"

The band -- Mustaine (guitar/vocals), Al Pitrelli (guitar), David Ellefson (bass), and Jimmy DeGrasso (drums) -- stuck to its roots in recording the album, according to Mustaine. "This record was written in spite of all the people who tried to turn us into an alternative pop machine," he says. "Basically, no one was welcome into the studio, and if they did get in we tried not to let them influence us. "

Megadeth recorded seven albums and one EP for Capitol, which closed the band's career with the label with "Capitol Punishment - The Megadeth Years." The career-spanning compilation debuted at No. 66 on The Billboard 200 last November. The band's last studio album, "Risk," debuted at No. 16 on the chart in September 1999.

A world tour in support of "The World Needs A Hero" will begin shortly after its release.

In other news, Mustaine's acting debut will be seen in an episode of the television series "Black Scorpion," which will air Feb. 2 in the U.S. on the Sci Fi Channel cable network. The musician plays an arsonist named "Torchy" who becomes a superhero after throwing himself into a nuclear reactor.

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