The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead!

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The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead!
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 2, 2022
RecordedMay 2019[1] – 2021
GenreThrash metal
Megadeth chronology
The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead!
Singles from The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead!
  1. "We'll Be Back"
    Released: June 23, 2022
  2. "Night Stalkers"
    Released: July 22, 2022
  3. "Soldier On!"
    Released: August 12, 2022
  4. "The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead!"
    Released: September 2, 2022

The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead! is the sixteenth studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth. It was released by frontman Dave Mustaine's record label, Tradecraft, on September 2nd, 2022. It is the first album with drummer Dirk Verbeuren, and second album with guitarist Kiko Loureiro. While Megadeth was recording the album, bassist David Ellefson was fired from the band due to sexual videos of him being put on the internet.[2] The bass recordings he made were taken off of the album, and replaced with recordings from Steve Di Giorgio, the bassist for Testament.[3]

Background[change | change source]

The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead! took over two years to make. The band recorded the music for the album from 2019 to 2021.[4] The release of the album was delayed many times. It was supposed to come out in 2019, but was released in September 2022 instead.

In June 2019, the band cancelled many of the shows they were going to play at. This was because frontman Dave Mustaine had throat cancer.[5] The band said they would keep making the album.[6] In November 2018, Mustaine posted a few seconds of new music from the album on Twitter.[7] At the time, the album was supposed to come out in 2019.

The band went back to recording music for the album in 2020. It was now planned to be released in 2021.[8][9] While talking to fans on Zoom, Mustaine said the album would be named The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead!.[10] He also said that the band might change the album's name later. The band tried to release the album in early 2022, but had problems printing vinyl records.[11] The album was finally released in September 2022.[12]

Track listing[change | change source]

All lyrics written by Dave Mustaine, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead!"   5:04
2. "Life in Hell"   4:12
3. "Night Stalkers" (featuring Ice-T) 6:38
4. "Dogs of Chernobyl"   6:14
5. "Sacrifice"   4:08
6. "Junkie"   3:39
7. "Psychopathy"   1:20
8. "Killing Time"   5:13
9. "Soldier On!"   4:54
10. "Célebutante"   3:51
11. "Mission to Mars"   5:24
12. "We'll Be Back"   4:29
Total length:
Digital edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Police Truck" (Dead Kennedys cover) 2:29
14. "This Planet's on Fire (Burn in Hell)" (Sammy Hagar cover, featuring Sammy Hagar) 5:04
Total length:

References[change | change source]

  1. "Megadeth Enters Studio For New Album Pre-Production". May 19, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  2. Kreps, Daniel; Kreps, Daniel (2022-08-11). "David Ellefson on Megadeth Firing: 'You Find Out Who Your Friends Are… When the Shit Hits the Fan'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2022-09-30.
  3. "Megadeth return with 'The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!'". 2022-09-02. Retrieved 2022-09-30.
  4. Blabbermouth (2019-05-10). "MEGADETH Enters Studio For New Album Pre-Production". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 2022-11-02.
  5. "Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Diagnosed With Throat Cancer". Kerrang!. Retrieved 2022-11-02.
  6. Hair, House of (2019-06-28). "Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Vows To Beat Cancer". House of Hair with Dee Snider. Retrieved 2022-11-02.
  7. Childers, Chad ChildersChad. "Dave Mustaine Teases Heavy + Fast New Megadeth Song - Listen". Loudwire. Retrieved 2022-11-02.
  8. Blabbermouth (2020-05-19). "DAVID ELLEFSON Will Travel To Nashville This Week To Begin Recording New MEGADETH Album". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 2022-11-02.
  9. Blabbermouth (2020-07-25). "DAVE MUSTAINE Says New MEGADETH Album Is 'Coming Along Great'". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 2022-11-02.
  10. Reeder (2021-01-10). "DAVE MUSTAINE Reveals Title For New MEGADETH Album | Metal Addicts". Metal Addicts. Retrieved 2022-11-02.
  11. Sam Roche (2022-01-28). "Dave Mustaine says Megadeth's new album, The Sick, the Dying and the Dead, has been pushed back to the summer". guitarworld. Retrieved 2022-11-02.
  12. Blabbermouth (2022-06-17). "MEGADETH's New Single To Arrive Next Week; 'The Sick, The Dying And The Dead' Album Now Due In September". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 2022-11-02.