Hear Megadeth recruit Ice-T for the ‘Night Stalkers’
Megadeth has recruited Ice-T for their stunning new song “Night Stalkers”, the second single from their upcoming 16th album The sick…the dying…and the dead!
You can listen to the song and watch the video below.
“Night Stalkers” opens with Dave Mustaine’s menacing vocals and a typically daredevil guitar riff. Once the drums crash, the song becomes full-throttle thrash, with guitarist Kiko Loureiro providing several dizzying solos. The onslaught is briefly punctuated by acoustic guitar and an orchestral passage around the four-and-a-half-minute mark, but the song resumes its pulverizing tempo after about 30 seconds.
Mustaine has already said guitar.com that “Night Stalkers” “is about the US Army’s 160th Battalion, and it’s all black-ops helicopters that come in at night, nobody knows they’re there, they’re in, they’re out.” Ice-T delivers a thematically appropriate spoken-word passage halfway through the song.
“Yo, when you hear four MH-47 and Black Hawk helicopters coming low in the dark of night, loaded with Rangers and Delta Force Special-Ops gunners locked and loaded – game over, bitches“, the rapper and Number of bodies the leader barks.
Fans got their first glimpse of The sick…the dying…and the dead! last month with the first single “We’ll Be Back”. The videos for both singles function as the first two chapters in a trilogy of shorts that tell the origin story of the band’s mascot, Vic Rattlehead. The “Night Stalkers” video shows Vic’s transformation from a husband, father, and soldier into an almost Darth Vader monstrosity who exacts revenge on his enemies as he is haunted by memories of his past.
Megadeth will be released The sick…the dying…and the dead! September 2nd. They will kick off the Killing Road tour with Five Finger Death Punch on August 19 in Ridgefield, Washington, and will end on October 1 in Noblesville, Ind. Bassist James LoMenzo will accompany the band on the road as he has done since last year, following the sacking of David Ellefson, whose sexually graphic exchanges with a female fan were leaked.
“Let me say this – it was a tough decision to make,” Mustaine said. metal hammer of Ellefson’s dismissal. “There were a lot of people involved and I had to make a decision, because unfortunately when you’re the leader, you’re the one who has to suck it up and deal with the music. … I forgave him before when he m sued and that I will forgive him a thousand times over. I won’t play music with him anymore.
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