Megadeth’s New Album “The Sick, The Dying And The Dead” Coming in Spring of 2022

According to a published report by, Megadeth’s new album- previously announced by Dave Mustaine as “The Sick, The Dying And The Dead” is poised to release in the spring of 2022. Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine revealed the planned release in an interview with American Songwriter magazine. Mustaine also discussed his battle with cancer and his new endorsement deal with Gibson. Mustaine revealed “The Sick, The Dying And The Dead” – the title track is about the plague and pandemics throughout history. The band just concluded leg one of The Metal Tour of The Year with Lamb of God, Trivium, and Hatebreed.

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“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.


According to Mustaine, the music for “The Sick, The Dying And The Dead” was assembled from riffs and music he has had archived for years, some as far back as his teens. “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.”


Mustaine also commented how guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Dirk Verbeuren were both involved in piecing together the songs on the album, which was recorded mostly in Nashville, with Loureiro working on his parts from his home in Finland. No word yet on who is played bass on the new album, replacing David Ellefson’s previously recorded work.