Megadeth have shared a new song, “Night Stalkers,” featuring a guest spot from hip-hop legend and Body Count front man Ice-T. It's the second track to be unveiled from the band's forthcoming album, The Sick, the Dying… And the Dead!, following the release of “We’ll Be Back” earlier this month.
You can check out the video, the second entry in The Sick, the Dying... And the Dead! trilogy, above.
Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine spoke to Jose Mangin of SiriusXM Liquid Metal about the song earlier this year, characterizing it as "brutal," and explaining, " 'Night Stalkers' is about the 160th Battalion with the United States Army, and it's all the black-ops helicopters that go in at night. Nobody knows they're there — they're in, they're out."
Concerning Ice-T's involvement, he continued, "Ice was a ranger for the army, and he did two tours over in Afghanistan, I think it was. I think that was back in '91, when I first met him. It might have been a little earlier than that, but I know he was a ranger. And I had just done something on his last record. But when I asked him, I thought it would be great to have him because of his bravado and then the fact that he's got real credibility as someone who was there."
As previously reported, The Sick, the Dying... And the Dead!, comes on the heels of Mustaine's battle with throat cancer and, more recently, the ouster of original bassist David Ellefson. It’s also Megadeth's first record in six years, since 2016’s Dystopia.
The album was produced by Dave Mustaine and Chris Rakestraw and recorded at Mustaine's home studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Alongside guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Dirk Verbeuren, the band was rounded out in the studio by bassist Steve DiGiorgio, who stepped in to replace Ellefson. The bassist role has now been permanently filled by Megadeth alumnus James LoMenzo. Guests artists include Sammy Hagar and the aforementioned Ice-T.
"For the first time in a long time, everything that we needed on this record is right in its place," Mustaine said about The Sick, the Dying... And the Dead! "I can't wait for the public to get hold of this!"
The Sick, the Dying... And the Dead! will arrive September 2.