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Albums Of The Week: Megadeth | The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!

Dave Mustaine & co. are alive & kicking on their first studio album in six long years.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Thrash-metal pioneers and icons Megadeth cap a summer of successful global touring with the release of their 16th studio album, The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!

The album consolidates a furious return to form that began with the Grammy-winning Dystopia, while pushing forward musically and marking singer-guitarist, bandleader and sonic architect Dave Mustaine’s recent triumph over throat cancer. Co-produced with Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Parkway Drive), who also worked on 2016’s Dystopia, the album was recorded at Mustaine’s home studio in Nashville with guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Dirk Verbeuren. Bassist Steve DiGiorgio temporarily stepped in to record the album until Megadeth alum James LoMenzo rejoined the family as permanent bass player.

“For the first time in a long time, everything that we needed on this record is right in its place,” Mustaine enthused. “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.”