It’s been quite a few strange years for Megadeth since they released their last album Dystopia. Now, they’re coming back with The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead! on September 2nd, 2022. The new album features 12 tracks and comes out on CD, vinyl, and cassette, as well as digitally through all online partners. You can pre-order or pre-download the album here. The crown jewel of the editions is a new deluxe 2PL, 12-track album pressed on 180g black vinyl housed in a numbered gatefold jacket with a 12×24 lyrics/credits insert, a lenticular vinyl lithograph, and a bonus 7-inch featuring “We’ll Be Back” and the unreleased b-side “The Conjuring (Live)”. You can only get this deluxe vinyl on Megadeth’s official online store, through Sound of Vinyl, or uDiscover. Pre-order it here!

The lead single “We’ll Be Back” is accompanied by the short film, We’ll Be Back: Chapter 1 which tells the story of how Megadeth’s mascot Vic Rattlehead came to be. It’s the first installment of a trilogy of videos to be released in conjunction with the new album The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!.

The New Developments For Megadeth On The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!

The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead! consolidates a furious return to form that began with the Grammy® winning- Dystopia, while pushing forward musically and marking Mustaine’s recent triumph over throat cancer. Reuniting visionary MEGADETH leader and sonic architect Dave Mustaine with co-producer Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Parkway Drive), who together helmed 2016’s Dystopia, the album was recorded at Mustaine’s home studio in Nashville, Tennessee, with guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Dirk Verbeuren.  Bassist Steve DiGiorgio temporarily stepped in to record the album–with the kick-off of MEGADETH’s recent tour, Megadeth-alumni James LoMenzo rejoined the MEGADETH family as permanent bass player. 

Here’s what Singer/Guitarist Dave Mustaine had to say about the new album:

For the first time in a long time, everything that we needed on this record is right in its place, I can’t wait for the public to get hold of this!

Featuring some of Mustaine’s strongest songwriting while also incorporating writing from the rest of the band, The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!brings together everything that’s exhilarating and distinctive about MEGADETH. From the blistering throwback fury of “Night Stalkers” (featuring icon Ice-T) and first single “We’ll Be Back,” to the more mid-tempo and melodic “Soldier On!,” and the very personal title track, with its enthralling twists and turns. 

The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead! melds the ultra-frenetic riffing, fiercely intricate solos, and adventurous spirit the quartet are known for, all laced with signature virtuosity and precision and Mustaine’s singular sardonic snarl. This album combines all the crushing musical motifs that have made MEGADETH both repeat metal disruptors and revered genre flagbearers.

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