Metal Storm logo
Megadeth - The Sick, The Dying... And The Dead! review



Reviewer:
7.7

297 users:
7.67
Band: Megadeth
Album: The Sick, The Dying... And The Dead!
Release date: September 2022


01. The Sick, The Dying... And The Dead!
02. Life In Hell
03. Night Stalkers [feat. Ice-T]
04. Dogs Of Chernobyl
05. Sacrifice
06. Junkie
07. Psychopathy
08. Killing Time
09. Soldier On!
10. Célebutante
11. Mission To Mars
12. We'll Be Back
13. Police Truck [Dead Kennedys cover] [digital edition bonus]
14. This Planet’s On Fire (Burn In Hell) [Sammy Hagar cover] [feat. Sammy Hagar] [digital edition bonus]


Perhaps not an album to talk about in your local hospital.

The flames of youth may not burn as bright as they once did four decades ago, but everyone should know that if you play with fire you'll get burned; so it is that anyone who thought Megadeth's fire was ebbing away will find themselves singed. 16 albums in and with life throwing all sorts of curveballs the band's way in the six years since Dystopia, Megadeth return with The Sick, The Dying... And The Dead! (hereafter The Sick...) and show that adversity is only fuel for the band, coming back stronger again and again.

While the days of technical masterpieces that separated the band from the rest of the thrash scene ala Rust In Peace may be in the rear view mirror, Megadeth are by no means just another thrash band now. Thanks to the talents of Kiko and Dirk, the songs have a determination and rhythm that balances power with precision, not relying on sheer speed or cacophony to get the adrenaline pumping, but with purpose in each and every note.

Starting off where Dystopia left off, The Sick... kicks off with a four0track run that will remind you that Megadeth earnt that spot in the big 4. "Life In Hell" is a full throttle rager, while "Dogs Of Chernobyl" is a twisting and tantalising 6-minute track that keeps you hooked throughout. "Night Stalkers" veers close to cheesy gung ho militarism, but you can still headbang to it, though no doubt with a smirk on your face.

The album does become somewhat patchy once "Sacrifice" starts up; though it doesn't crash and burn by any means, it will have you wondering how the band couldn't come up with anything better than "Junkie" after six years. That said, "Soldier On!", "Celebutante" and "We'll Be Back" ensure listeners who hold on are rewarded for their perseverance. The only track I would say is bad is the cheese fest (maybe even as cheesy as "Crush 'Em") "Mission To Mars", which, unless your name is Elon Musk, I doubt you'll find much to enjoy from the track.

Having gone through cancer treatment, Mustaine shows no signs of being worse for wear; his trademark vocals and snarls are evident across the album, with the title track being a perfect way to reassure listeners he hasn't lost his knack behind the microphone or on the guitar.

The loss of David Ellefson may loom large over the album, but the decision to replace him with DiGiorgio is one that ensures that his controversial exit rather than his absence on the record is felt; at least DiGiorgio handles bass duties sublimely. With that said, however, the bass has been noticeably shifted deeper into the mix, perhaps as a way to keep the situation from overshadowing the music any more than it already has.

While The Sick... certainly has its spot amongst Megadeth's celebrated discography, being one of the band's strongest releases post-reformation, it is more owing to the weakness of its competitors than its own outright quality. A strong album for sure, but one that faces even stronger competition.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 7
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 6
Production: 7





Written on 11.09.2022 by Just because I don't care doesn't mean I'm not listening.


Comments

Comments: 12   Visited by: 271 users
11.09.2022 - 10:55
muniok

Disappointing album
Loading...
11.09.2022 - 11:34
24emd

Uh oh... Mission to Mars was my favourite...
----
"It washed away in a tide of longing, a longing for a better world..."
Loading...
11.09.2022 - 19:23
A Real Monkey

Nah Mission to Mars is one of the better songs on the album.
----
"Change the world. My final message. Goodbye."

~Last words of Harambe, seconds before he was shot, according to child he shielded from gunfire
Loading...
11.09.2022 - 20:12
Rating: 7
MahoDM
Dumbass
Musically Mission to Mars isn't really bad, but it sure is hella cheesy. Imo not worth the Megadeth name.
Loading...
12.09.2022 - 11:44
Rating: 8
Daniell
_爱情_
Throw away Sacrifice and Junkie and suddenly the album is much better
Loading...
12.09.2022 - 19:02
Rating: 9
sgtrobo

Gotta disagree with the performance part. The lead work is incredible, the bass lines are catchy and the drumming is top notch.
The vocs are "gravel-Dave" so I get that's not everyone's jam
Loading...
14.09.2022 - 04:21
sbgmetal

Dave was better then i thought he would be vocally, couldn't hear the bass really or remember it and kiko and dirk were awesome
Loading...
15.09.2022 - 16:15
Susperia82

I like... 7.5-8
Loading...
16.09.2022 - 07:19
Rating: 7
RazMan

Written by Daniell on 12.09.2022 at 11:44

Throw away Sacrifice and Junkie and suddenly the album is much better

I agree, but I have to say that in junkie the C-part with the solo is awesome. I like this album overall, but I can't understand a word of the lyrics in the first song. Why is Dave muttering like that??
Loading...
16.09.2022 - 09:14
Rating: 8
Daniell
_爱情_
Written by RazMan on 16.09.2022 at 07:19

Written by Daniell on 12.09.2022 at 11:44

Throw away Sacrifice and Junkie and suddenly the album is much better

I agree, but I have to say that in junkie the C-part with the solo is awesome. I like this album overall, but I can't understand a word of the lyrics in the first song. Why is Dave muttering like that??

Have you seen Megadeth live? I have, and I was quite close to the stage. Most of the time Mustaine not so much sings, as snarls with his teeth partially clenched. With this kind of "technique" it's hard to have diction like a CNN anchorman.
Loading...
16.09.2022 - 10:49
Rating: 7
RazMan

Yeah I've seen them a couple of times. Last in 2018 I think. Live is another thing. I don't have any trouble with the other songs on the album. In my opinion it ruins a killer song in this case.
Loading...
23.09.2022 - 15:03
Rating: 6
metalbrat

I also disagree with the comment on 'Mission to Mars' as it is one track which i repeated most.
----
In the beginning I was made of clay. Then I bit the apple and they changed me to metal 🤘
Loading...

Hits total: 3220 | This month: 86