Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has revealed that the group’s new album, The Sick, The Dying And The Dead, will drop in the spring of 2022.
During an interview with American Songwriter magazine, Mustaine also said that the album’s title, The Sick, The Dying And The Dead, is not about the Covid-19 pandemic or his recent battle with cancer but rather about the 14th century plague aka the Black Death.
“The song itself was a historical journey of how the plague started and where it went, starting with rats on ships carrying the disease, coming ashore in Sicily,” Mustaine said.
Mustaine also revealed that most of the music on the album is comprised of ideas that he’s had sitting in a drawer for years.
“A lot of the riffs have been saved over time,” he said. “A brand new song can be made up of something I wrote when I was 15 or 55. If It’s a good riff, I’ll save it.”
The Sick, the Dying, and the Dead will be Megadeth’s first new album since firing bassist David Ellefson amidst a sex scandal earlier this year.
The band has re-recorded Ellefson’s bass lines. However, it has not been revealed who recorded them. Meanwhile, James LoMenzo has replaced Ellefson on tour.
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