Megadeth lead vocalist Dave Mustaine says the band is now “falling upward again” with their current lineup.

The first studio album from heavy metal veterans Megadeth to feature Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler and Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro of Angra fame is off to a welcome start, based upon the recent updates provided by mainman Dave Mustaine on his official social media pages.

“I’m stoked so many people have reacted so positively about Kiko and Chris playing on this next record! Falling Upward again,” Mustaine offered in a new tweet. He added in a seperate message: “15 songs finished being written. Just waiting for Jr. [Megadeth bassist David Ellefson] to arrive. He is gonna freak over Chris and Kiko.”

In a previous statement, the founding lead vocalist expressed his excitement about the addition of Adler to the Megadeth songwriting team, calling him “a tremendous talent” and “an amazing person” who is “going to bring a new level of excitement and energy to Megadeth that the fans are going to lose their minds over.”

Adler shared a similar level of animation about the position, sharing, “I’m coming into this on fire. There is an incredible amount of respect, but the goal here is to make the very best thrash album we can — not just throw names in the CD booklet or be a ‘yes’ man. Together, I believe we can do something very special.”

As far as how Mustaine came across Loureiro, he previous offered that is was largely a coincidence. “I first met Kiko around eight years ago for a cover shoot for Burrn! magazine,” he explained. “I had no idea who he was, other than the fact he was tremendously talented and that the staff from Burrn! held him in high regard. Since then, I’ve come to see what a guitar virtuoso he is, and I’m deeply encouraged by his depth and talent.”

The fact that Megadeth is off to such a strong start on their new album isn’t entirely surprising, considering Dave Mustaine’s previous comments that there were “over 130” songs in various stages of completion sitting in the studio vaults.