MEGADETH performed the song “Soldier activated!” performed live for the first time this past Tuesday (September 20) during the band’s concert in Syracuse, New York. the Dave Mustaine-The team in front hit the track again the following night (Wednesday, September 21) at The Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. Video of that performance can be seen below.
“Soldier activated!” is taken from MEGADETHthe sixteenth studio album by “The sick, the dying… and the dead!”which arrived on September 2 via CU.
Mustaine previously said about the lyrical inspiration of “Soldier activated!”: “Coming to realize that you need to get away from a relationship that is very toxic and how difficult it can be to start down that path. But you know you have to, and just taking that first step is the hardest part. Whatever your departure makes them, you have to block that part, stay the course and do what is right for you. It will be difficult at first, but you have to live for yourself to be worthy of anyone else. I have to move on.”
According to billboard, “The sick, the dying… and the dead!” sold 48,000 equivalent album units in the US in its first week of release to peak at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart. MEGADETHThe eighth top 10 album on the charts. Of “The sick, the dying… and the dead!”Of the 48,000 units earned for the week, album sales comprise 45,000, SEA units comprise 3,000, and TEA units comprise a paltry sum.
MEGADETHThe previous 10 Billboard 200 entries were “Countdown to Extinction” (No. 2, 1992),“Youth” (No. 4, 1994),“Cryptic Writings” (No. 10, 1997),“United Abominations” (No. 8, 2007),“Game over” (No. 9, 2009),“Super Collider” (No. 6, 2013) and “dystopia” (No. 3, 2016).
“The sick, the dying… and the dead!” cements a furious return to form that began with the grammys-victorious “dystopia”as he advances musically and marks Mustaine‘s recent triumph over throat cancer. reunion dave with co-producer Chris Rakstraw (DANZIG, MOTORWAY DRIVING), who together directed 2016 “dystopia”the album was recorded in MustaineNashville, Tennessee home studio with guitarist kiko loureiro and drummer Dirk Verbeuren. Bass guitarist Steve DiGiorgio temporarily stepped in to record the album. With the kickoff of MEGADETHrecent tour of MEGADETH old student James Lo Menzo rejoined the MEGADETH family as permanent bassist.