Megadeth Night Stalkers – The legendary band Megadeth has just released a song called Night Stalkers. In this song, they perform with Ice-T, the hip-hop musician, and actor behind the rap-metal act Body Count.
Night Stalkers is taken from Megadeth’s latest album, The Sick, the Dying, and the Dead!
The release of this song continues the teaser from The Sick, the Dying, and the Dead! because previously Megadeth also released We’ll Be Back. This album will be released in September. This album will also be the debut of Dirk Verbeuren, a drummer who joined in 2016 but has never been involved in the recording process.
Megadeth is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles in 1983 by vocalist and guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson. The band is known for its technically complex guitar work and musicality. Megadeth is also one of the big four of American thrash metal along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer. Their music features complex arrangements and fast-paced parts, and lyrical themes of death, war, politics, personal relationships, and religion.
In 1985, Megadeth released their debut album, Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good! through the independent record label Combat Records. This album then attracted the attention of larger labels, which later led to Megadeth’s signing of a contract with Capitol Records. Their first major label album, Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying? was released in 1986 and was a huge hit with the underground metal scene.
In the late 1980s, Megadeth’s publicity tended to be negative due to drug abuse problems and personal disputes between the band members. Despite this, the band continued to release a number of platinum-selling albums, including So Far, So Good… So What! (1988), Rust in Peace (1990), and Countdown to Extinction (1992). It was these albums as well as a number of tours that Megadeth took around the world that brought them to public acclaim.
Megadeth had multiple guitarists, drummers, and bassists throughout its 39-year career, with Mustaine being the only original member of the group remaining. The band was temporarily disbanded in 2002 when Mustaine suffered an arm injury and was re-founded in 2004 without Ellefson. He rejoined in 2010 but was fired from the band in 2021 amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Megadeth’s current lineup includes Mustaine, guitarist Kiko Loureiro, drummer Dirk Verbeuren, and bassist James LoMenzo.
Megadeth has sold 38 million records worldwide, was certified platinum in the United States for six of its fifteen studio albums, and received twelve Grammy nominations. Megadeth won its first Grammy Award in 2017 for the song Dystopia in the Best Metal Performance category.
The group has drawn controversy for its music and lyrics, including album bans and concert cancellations. MTV once refused to play two Megadeth music videos that the network deemed to justify suicide. Megadeth has hosted its own music festival Gigantour, several times since July 2005, and held its first annual MegaCruise in October 2019.
Traditional heavy metal bands such as UFO, Black Sabbath, Budgie, Raven, Judas Priest, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Diamond Head, and Venom, and punk rock bands such as the Sex Pistols and Ramones became influences and inspirations in Megadeth’s works. Hard rock bands such as AC/DC, Queen, and Led Zeppelin, as well as German bands such as Scorpions and Accept, also influenced their guitar playing style.
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Megadeth’s lyrics on Megadeth Night Stalkers often focus on death, war, politics, and religion. The lyrics center on nihilistic themes, but occasionally relate to topics such as alienation and social problems. The earliest releases featured themes such as the occult, graphic violence, and Satanism. Nuclear warfare and government conspiracies were the focus of albums such as Rust in Peace and Countdown to Extinction. During Megadeth’s commercial peak, Mustaine elaborated on more personal themes such as addiction and intimate relationships. As for the lyrics in Cryptic Writings, Mustaine said that he wanted to write songs that were more appealing to a wider audience. The title United Abominations is a satirical play on behalf of the United Nations; Mustaine criticized the organization’s ineffectiveness on a number of the songs on the album.