The most prolific Big Four thrash metal band, Megadeth, finally released their new (sixteenth in a row) album on September 2, which is called “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!” There has never been such a big break between records in the band’s history. The last Dystopia album was released back in 2016. During this time, there have been various events in the band, and in the world, that did not contribute to the release of this work. You can read the full review of the album here.
In a recent interview with Nick Bowcott on Sweetwater’s YouTube channel, Dave Mustaine talked about the songwriting process, especially as it relates to the band’s latest album, just released “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!” He said:
I like to take my approach to writing as organic as possible so that I know what the melody is. And it makes it a lot easier for me to sing something over it because I’m not a… I wasn’t born to sing. I believe I was born to play guitar, but I don’t think I was born to sing. And there’s a lot of people out there that would say, “We agree”.
During the conversation, Bowcott noted that Dave’s voice is “instantly recognizable and identifiable,” Dave explained:
Yeah. It works for me, I think. The funny thing is before I got cancer, I was having a lot of problems with my voice. And then the cancer came, and I got treatment, and I got healed, and then I had to kind of learn how to sing again, which has been bizarre, because it’s like learning how to talk again. I think there’s a lot of things inside here that kind of got messed up from the whole process, ’cause they are putting beams of light through you that disintegrate stuff. And I had nine… I think it was nine doses of chemo and 32 doses of radiology. It was a lot — it was a lot. And when I started singing this tour last leg, I wasn’t having a good time singing, but the desire to sing better was there, ’cause I was feeling better about myself. So that’s kind of when I started doubling up on my training and my classes, taking care of myself better and learning a little bit about what’s wrong with my voice.
Well, you can watch the full version of the interview below.