Following the departures of two members, Megadeth have yet to reveal their new band lineup or whether they even have new members in place. However, that is not stopping the group from moving full speed ahead on a new disc and eyeing a late 2015 album release.

Bassist David Ellefson tells Spotlight Report in a new interview that the idea of an off year is false, and adds that their new disc is "supposed to come out later this year." While he held tight to keeping the identity of the band's newest members a secret, he did add, "Most importantly we're moving forward with writing a new album. Once we get into the studio to record it, then the lineup will naturally evolve around that."

Ellefson also spoke about the exits of Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover last fall, adding, "It is obviously going to be different without them. We spent five years together with them in that lineup. That is a long time. We did multiple live albums with them, two studio albums, we toured together. So it’s a bit like some family members are gone. Especially through the holidays I’ve kinda been a little sad about it. I realize that they wanted to move onto something else and I support them as my friends, but selfishly I’m definitely going to miss them for sure. Things are moving forward of course and there will be a new development happening on that front."

Just prior to Christmas, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine posted online that fans would be "very happy" to know what's going on right now with the band. Stay tuned to see how it all plays out.

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