The Sick, the Dying...and the Dead

The Sick, the Dying...and the Dead

by Megadeth
The Sick, the Dying...and the Dead

The Sick, the Dying...and the Dead

by Megadeth

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record - 180 Gram Vinyl)

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The return to form that began on 2016's Dystopia continues with The Sick, the Dying...and the Dead!, the 16th studio album from metal institution Megadeth. As with Dystopia, Megadeth ringleader Dave Mustaine and his bandmates focus on precision thrash, this time around turning in a tighter, cleaner batch of songs that feel both intently focused and streamlined for maximum intensity. The time leading up to the album wasn't an easy one for the band, however, and the six years that passed between the last record and this one stand as the longest time between new material in the band's nearly 40-year history. The turbulent time spent working on The Sick included not just Mustaine being diagnosed with and aggressively treated for throat cancer but also Megadeth co-founder and bassist David Ellefson leaving the band due to his involvement in a sex scandal. The hard-fought nature of this particular chapter in the band's development can be heard in the songs, which are, for the most part, no-nonsense ragers marked by the kind of technical perfection the band made their name on in the '80s and '90s. After the title track opens the album with a somewhat conceptual, meandering arrangement, Megadeth gets right down to business with the speedy and powerful "Life in Hell," a song that matches the snarling menace of anything in the band's catalog. New drummer Dirk Verbeuren makes his debut on The Sick, and his economical but relentless playing is a huge factor in the direct force that defines the album. Six-and-a-half-minute mini-epic "Night Stalkers" is a swarm of riffs and Mustaine's well-established war imagery, with an unexpected voiceover cameo from Ice-T. The band stays primarily in full-on mode, with sinister blasters like "We'll Be Back" and "Celebutante" giving way to only slightly less brutal workouts like the creeping "Killing Time," which includes one of the album's most masterfully constructed breakdowns. Mustaine has sounded angry and irritated on almost every song he's ever recorded, but the bile is a little thicker on The Sick. It's a tense and impatient record, even by Megadeth's standards, and re-affirms the band's status as completely essential metal deities who are still operating on a level of excellence most of their peers fell from decades ago. ~ Fred Thomas

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2022
Label: Ume
UPC: 0602445124992
Rank: 54785


Disc 1

  1. The Sick, The Dying¿¿¿ And The Dead!
  2. Life In Hell
  3. Night Stalkers
  4. Dogs Of Chernobyl
  5. Sacrifice
  6. Junkie

Disc 2

  1. Psychopathy
  2. Killing Time
  3. Soldier On!
  4. Celebutant¿¿
  5. Mission To Mars
  6. We¿¿¿ll Be Back

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Megadeth   Primary Artist
Ice-T   Primary Artist,Vocals,Featured Artist
Sammy Hagar   Primary Artist,Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Kiko Loureiro   Flute,Guitar
Dave Mustaine   Guitar,Vocals
Roger Lima   Keyboards
John Clement   Vocals,Spoken Word
Brandon Ray   Vocals
Electra Mustaine   Vocals
The Marching Metal Bastards   Vocals
Bill Elliot   Vocals
Dirk Verbeuren   Drums
Steve DiGiorgio   Bass

Technical Credits

D.H. Peligro   Composer
Kiko Loureiro   Arranger,Composer
Josh Wilbur   Mixing
Dave Mustaine   Composer,Engineer,Lyricist,Producer,Art Conception
Jeff Fura   A&R
Anthony Delia   Product Manager
Roger Lima   Effects
Todd Nakamine   Publicity
Brent Elliott White   Artwork
Josh Graham   Design
Sujata Murthy   Publicity
Harold Gutierrez   Product Manager
Rick West   Drum Technician
Debbie Vallarino   Production Manager
Maddie Harmon   Assistant Engineer
Tony Cmelak   Composer,Lyricist
McAbe Gregg   Band Photo
Luliia Tikhomirova   Actress
Ted Jensen   Mastering,Mastering Engineer
Klaus Flouride   Composer
East Bay Ray   Composer
Sammy Hagar   Composer
Jello Biafra   Composer
Lowell Reynolds   Assistant Engineer
Dirk Verbeuren   Composer
Chris Rakestraw   Engineer,Producer
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