Inside Megadeth’s Virtual Reality Album Release

Rollingstone is giving a look behind-the-scenes for the filming of Megadeth’s latest 360-degree mini-concert. Shot in a Los Angeles soundstage and directed by Blair Underwood, the 360 performances include five songs from their new album Dystopia: “Fatal Illusion,” “The Threat Is Real,” “Dystopia,” “Post-American World” and “Poisonous Shadows.”

Megadeth is no stranger to trying out new technology, stating that they were the first metal act to have a website back in the mid-Nineties. Now they are jumping into VR not with just one song, but five songs that will be packaged into an app to experienced on a VR viewer like Google Cardboard.


In a special edition of Dystopia, fans will receive a branded cardboard viewer and instructions on how to download the album’s app where a code unlocks the exclusive content. Viewers will be able to immerse themselves in the band’s performances that will appear within the fallen city of a dystopian world modeled after the world created in Megadeth’s new music video for “The Threat Is Real.”

Dave Mustaine reviewing test footage on set.

Dave Mustaine reviewing test footage on set.

The director Blair Underwood is know for his work on the 2009 independent feature “The Bridge to Nowhere,” as well as several music videos, short films and commercials. He is currently a recurring role on ABC’s hit series, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Next Galaxy provided VR camera support with GoPro spherical rigs.

The VR app experience is expected to be simultaneously launched with the release of Dystopia this Friday and the special CD package will be available at all physical and online retailers.


Megadeth came onto the scene thirty years ago with their debut album Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! which sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning numerous accolades including 11 Grammy® nominations.

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