Megadeth Put Animated Vic Rattlehead NFT Up for Auction

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Last month, the world learned that metal bands were getting in on the NFT game, as Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan released an animated NFT. Now, thrash legends Megadeth are getting in on the game, having put their own animated piece of art up for auction.

As you can see in the tweet below, Megadeth’s NFT is a 3D image of the head of their mascot, Vic Rattlehead. The image spins around before the band’s logo blares with orange. The piece of digital art will be available to bid on through next Monday, April 12th.

For those of you who don’t know (as though we didn’t just Google it ourselves), an NFT is a non-fungible token, which is a unique digital item that can be used as a commodity. To put it simply (and clumsily), if you created a meme, that meme can be infinitely reproduced, but if it’s turned into an NFT it can be traced to a unique digital file. NFTs are currently a topic of much discussion, in many ways becoming the art trade for a new generation.

Megadeth have a new album on the way, though when it’ll land hasn’t been determined — in fact, according to a recent interview with bassist David Ellefson, the band might push the whole thing about until after the pandemic.

“We’re working on album number sixteen, and just finishing it up now,” said Dave in an interview with TotalRock Radio, as transcribed by MetalSucks. “We’ve got a big year of touring lined up — festivals in Europe; the big ‘The Metal Tour Of The Year’ is rescheduled for July and August this year; Rock In Rio in Brazil in September. And it’s all confirmed, but it depends on what — COVID has a say in this matter, unfortunately. So there’s this undecided third factor spinning over there with the pandemic that we’re just all doing the best we can to play around that. And the same with the Megadeth release schedule, being able to put things out…”


Words by Chris Krovatin