Megadeth’s long-awaited new album The sick, the dying… and the dead! is slated for spring 2022, according to a new interview with Dave Mustaine in American songwriter magazine. The heavy metal icon discovered the album’s title earlier this year.
Last week (November 15), Megadeth share the American songwriter online interview. He discusses Mustaine’s recovery from cancer and his stint on Gibson guitars in addition to probing the title song of the next album, which the 60-year-old rocker explained was the black plague, the bubonic plague of 14th century.
It’s “a historic journey of how the plague started and where it went, starting with rats on ships carrying the disease, which landed in Sicily,” Mustaine said. “‘Ring Around the Rosie’ was the ring on your cheek, the [rash] it would show on your cheeks because of the plague. “
He also explained how The sick, the dying… and the dead! builds on guitar riffs from Megadeth’s story, saying, “A lot of riffs have been saved over time. A brand new song can be made up of something I wrote when I was 15 years old. or 55. If it’s a good riff, I’ll save it. “
Elsewhere this month, in a message sent by Mustaine to Cameo – the video-sharing app where users can pay for a celebrity to send a personalized message to themselves or others – the musician was asked about his favorite Megadeth guitar solo he wrote.
“It’s a little hard to say because there are some solos that pay off a lot, but we haven’t played them live for so long,” replied Mustaine. “I’ve forgotten so many – 200 songs and all the solos and stuff. Of the songs that we play live that I really know, the solos that we play that we love, I like ‘The Threat Is True.’ I love “Holy Wars.” “Wake Up Dead” is a great solo for me to play too.… It was one of my first really big solos that got everyone interested in Megadeth. ”
In May, Megadeth parted ways with longtime bassist David Ellefson amid a sex scandal involving the band’s co-founder. His bass parts on the new album have reportedly been replaced, although it is currently not known who replaced them. James LoMenzo took his place on tour.