MEGADETH will cap a summer time of profitable world touring with the discharge of its extremely anticipated sixteenth studio album, “The Sick, The Dying… And The Lifeless!”, on September 2 by way of UMe. That includes twelve new tracks, “The Sick, The Dying… And The Lifeless!” can be made obtainable on CD, vinyl, and cassette, in addition to digitally by all on-line companions. There may also be a restricted deluxe version 2LP, 12-track album pressed on 180g black vinyl housed in a numbered gatefold jacket with a 12×24 lyrics/credit insert, a lenticular vinyl lithograph and a bonus seven-inch that includes “We’ll Be Again” and the unreleased B-side “The Conjuring (Stay)”. The restricted deluxe version can solely be bought by way of MEGADETH‘s official on-line retailer, by Sound Of Vinyl and uDiscover.
The primary tune to be launched from “The Sick, The Dying… And The Lifeless!” is the ferocious, quintessentially MEGADETH monitor “We’ll Be Again”, which is accompanied by the world premiere of “We’ll Be Again: Chapter I”, an epic, action-packed brief movie chronicling the origins of MEGADETH‘s mascot, Vic Rattlehead. Produced by Dave Mustaine, “We’ll Be Again: Chapter I” is a soldier’s story of bravery, private sacrifice, and the desire to outlive. It’s the first installment of a trilogy of movies to be launched along side the discharge of the brand new album “The Sick, The Dying… And The Lifeless!”
“The Sick, The Dying… And The Lifeless!” consolidates a livid return to kind that started with the Grammy-winning “Dystopia”, whereas pushing ahead musically and marking Mustaine‘s current overcome throat most cancers. Reuniting visionary MEGADETH chief and sonic architect Dave Mustaine with co-producer Chris Rakestraw (DANZIG, PARKWAY DRIVE),who collectively helmed 2016’s “Dystopia”, the album was recorded at Mustaine‘s residence studio in Nashville, Tennessee, with guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Dirk Verbeuren. Bassist Steve DiGiorgio briefly stepped in to report the album. With the kick-off of MEGADETH‘s current tour, MEGADETH alumni James LoMenzo rejoined the MEGADETH household as everlasting bass participant.
“For the primary time in a very long time, every part that we wanted on this report is true as a substitute,” Dave Mustaine enthused. “I am unable to look ahead to the general public to pay money for this!”
That includes a few of Mustaine‘s strongest songwriting whereas additionally incorporating writing from the remainder of the band, “The Sick, The Dying… And The Lifeless!” brings collectively every part that is exhilarating and distinctive about MEGADETH. From the blistering throwback fury of “Night time Stalkers” (that includes icon Ice-T) and first single “We’ll Be Again”, to the extra mid-tempo and melodic “Soldier On!” and the very private title monitor, with its enthralling twists and turns. “The Sick, The Dying… And The Lifeless!” additionally incorporates a cowl of DEAD KENNEDYS‘ “Police Truck” and Sammy Hagar‘s “This Planet’s On Hearth”, the latter of which incorporates vocals from Hagar himself.
“The Sick, The Dying… And The Lifeless!” melds the ultra-frenetic riffing, fiercely intricate solos, and adventurous spirit the quartet are identified for, all laced with signature virtuosity and precision and Mustaine‘s singular sardonic snarl. This album combines all of the crushing musical motifs which have made MEGADETH each repeat metallic disruptors and revered style flagbearers.
Mustaine spoke about “Night time Stalkers” in an interview earlier this 12 months with Jose Mangin of SiriusXM Liquid Steel. He mentioned: “It is a brutal tune. I am unable to bear in mind if that was the quickest one [on the new album] or not. However ‘Night time Stalkers’ is concerning the one hundred and sixtieth Battalion with the USA Military, and it is all of the black-ops helicopters that go in at evening — no one is aware of they’re there; they’re in, they’re out. And I had my buddy Ice-T be part of me on a component in the midst of it, as a result of Ice was a ranger for the military, and he did two excursions over in Afghanistan, I feel it was. I feel that was again in ’91, once I first met him. It might need been just a little sooner than that, however I do know he was a ranger. And I had simply carried out one thing on his final report. However once I requested him, I believed it could be nice to have him due to his bravado after which the truth that he is obtained actual credibility as somebody who was there. After which we have got a number of different guys to take part within the monitor simply to make it as actual as attainable. We’re going as much as the bottom to go movie a bunch of helicopter footage and sounds and stuff like that. We have got three movies that we’re making for this report proper now down in Brazil, and we’re combining all that manufacturing and the stuff from the bottom, with the helicopters and every part collectively, to make this primary three-song video providing up.”
Relating to Hagar‘s contribution to “This Planet’s On Hearth”, Mustaine instructed SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”: “It is a super-heavy tune. And the benefit of this [is] we did not simply do the tune; [Sammy] performed on it too. So we have got just a little little bit of some guitar; we have got a number of little bit of singing. I feel it is tremendous badass.”
As for MEGADETH‘s determination to cowl “Police Truck”, Mustaine mentioned: “It is no secret I am an enormous DEAD KENNEDYS fan, and I had wished to do ‘Vacation In Cambodia’, however my buddies in LÄÄZ ROCKIT had carried out that, and I felt that [I would] simply allow them to have their glory off of that rendition of that tune, and if the time comes, I am positive there’s one other tune that’ll stick out to me. And there was — it was the tune ‘Police Truck’. So we recorded that one.”
“The Sick, The Dying… And The Lifeless!” monitor itemizing:
01. The Sick, The Dying… And The Lifeless!
02. Life In Hell
03. Night time Stalkers (feat. Ice T)
04. Canines Of Chernobyl
08. Killing Time
09. Soldier On!
11. Mission To Mars
12. We’ll Be Again
13. Police Truck (DEAD KENNEDYS cowl)
14. This Planet’s On Hearth (Burn In Hell) (Sammy Hagar cowl) (feat. Sammy Hagar)
Earlier this 12 months, Mustaine confirmed that DiGiorgio laid down the bass tracks on “The Sick, The Dying… And The Lifeless!”
There had been hypothesis about DiGiorgio‘s involvement within the new MEGADETH LP since final July, based mostly on a Cameo video Mustaine recorded by which he provided the primary glimpse of the bassist that re-recorded David Ellefson‘s bass tracks on the much-anticipated MEGADETH effort.
DiGiorgio is extensively famend as a pioneer on the fretless bass in heavy metallic music, having performed with TESTAMENT, DEATH and SADUS, amongst others. Inside his style, Steve is revered for his taking part in abilities, versatility and unimaginable approach. He has greater than 40 studio album recordings and over 20 years of touring the world.
Final month, MEGADETH introduced bass participant James LoMenzo as a everlasting member of the band. LoMenzo was MEGADETH‘s bass participant within the mid-2000s and just lately stepped again in as a touring member for “The Steel Tour Of The Yr”.
LoMenzo joined MEGADETH in 2006 and appeared on two of the group’s studio albums, 2007’s “United Abominations” and 2009’s “Endgame”. He was fired from the band in 2010 and changed with returning unique MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson.
Along with MEGADETH, LoMenzo has performed with Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde and WHITE LION. For the previous 9 years, LoMenzo has been performing with iconic rocker John Fogerty.
LoMenzo performed his first present with MEGADETH in practically 12 years final August in Austin, Texas. The live performance came about three months following Ellefson‘s dismissal from MEGADETH after sexually tinged messages and express video footage involving him had been posted on Twitter.
Ellefson laid down his bass tracks on MEGADETH‘s sixteenth LP in Could 2020 at a studio in Nashville, Tennessee. A short while later, he raved about his efficiency on the report, telling the 96.7 KCAL-FM radio program “Wired In The Empire” that his musical chemistry with Verbeuren was similar to the interaction between Geddy Lee and Neil Peart on traditional RUSH albums. “I really feel like on the brand new MEGADETH report, me and Dirk have those self same moments,” he mentioned. “It is MEGADETH — it isn’t RUSH, clearly — however within the discipline of what we do, there have been these moments that I used to be simply going, ‘Oh, my God.’ That is me as a child going, ‘That is my Geddy/Neil second proper right here.'”
In June 2021, Mustaine introduced throughout an episode of his Gimme Radio program “The Dave Mustaine Present” that Ellefson‘s bass tracks wouldn’t be used on the brand new MEGADETH LP.
Ellefson was in MEGADETH from the band’s inception in 1983 to 2002, and once more from 2010 till his newest departure.
MEGADETH just lately revealed its roadmap into the web3 area, providing expanded Cyber Military fan membership experiences. The primary NFT drop can be a generative assortment known as “Rattleheads”, pulling from practically 40 years of iconic Vic Rattlehead themes and imagery.