Album Review: Megadeth – “The Sick, The Dying…And The Dead!”

Megadeth - The Sick The Dying and The Dead

Remember back in 2016 when we all cheered when it seemed like Megadeth were back and supercharged? Dystopia felt like Mustaine revitalized: bringing in killer players like Kiko Loureiro of Angra and Chris Adler of Lamb of God to back up the twin Daves…and then it all kinda got washed away again. Adler left (and left Lamb of God, to boot), Mustaine got cancer, and Ellefson got caught doing, well…we know what he got caught doing. So it’s understandable that it took years to get The Sick, the Dying…and the Dead! to the masses. Early singles revealed a heaviness fans have been waiting for seemingly forever – was this the “return” we’ve truly been waiting for?

I have no idea – we didn’t get a promo so now that the album’s officially released I’m gonna jump in with a virgin listen and give you my thoughts track by track. So strap on your bandoliers and pistoleros and let’s get to the heavy.

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Second Circle: Heads for the Dead and Trial

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

It’s no secret we have a weird way of writing here at Nine Circles. I’ve been spouting nonsense here since…shudder…2016 and still the primary way I learn about music is by texting Fearless Editor Josh™ along the lines of “hey, what’s coming out that you think I’d like?” Because while I can barely keep up with the bands I love, Josh keeps up with EVERYTHING. I have yet to surprise him with a new band where he hasn’t gone “Oh yeah, I checked out the single it’s great!” So this week when I had a blank schedule for the site and asked what I should be listening to, Josh immediately shot back the latest releases from Heads for the Dead and Trial.

When the Boss lays down the law, you listen. So let’s dig in.

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Second Circle: Boris and The Halo Effect

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

Good things come in threes…or is that celebrity deaths? Let’s go with the former, since despite being relatively skeptical of all things mystic and supernatural I don’t want to put out any bad karma and hear that tomorrow there’s a pile up and we lost whoever was on the most recent season of The Celebrity Dating Game. Instead for this edition of Second Circle let’s take a look at the latest from Boris, who this week release their third entry in their Heavy Rocks series, and The Halo Effect, who solve the equation of In Flames + Dark Tranquillity on their debut.

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Brandon Corsair of Nameless Grave Records on the label and much more!

Nameless Grave Records has become a synonymous name when it comes to all things death and heavy metal and label masthead Brandon Corsair doesn’t just run the label, he’s also a big name in the metal world with bands such as Drawn and Quartered, Azath, Draghkar, and others. Buke sat down with Brandon to discuss all things label related as well as how Brandon’s dad got him into metal and how he forged his own path, what he values most as a record label owner, taking risks and his biggest missteps along the way, joining Drawn and Quartered, and so much more. We now bring you this conversation in its entirety so grab your beverage of choice, a seat, and enjoy.

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Luke Polipnick and Brian Courage of Abhorrent Expanse on their new album “Gateways to Resplendence,” and much more!

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Image courtesy of Pemalyn Hessing

Improvisational metal can take many faces, obviously, as it’s about as close as you can get to free jazz, but from a metal lens. Abhorrent Expanse not only explore the world of improv metal, but they make it an extreme ride with black and death metal, funeral doom, noise, and yes, free jazz mixed in on their debut Gateways to Resplendence. Buke sat down with Luke Polipnick and Brian Courage to discuss the new album, improv metal as whole and how on the one hand is incredibly difficult, but on the other hand incredibly fun to play off the artists in the room, how the band literally set up the mics and just went for it, and so much more. We now present that conversation to you in its entirety so grab your drink of choice, a chair, and enjoy. 

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