MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE: “I wasn't born to sing”
MEGADETH unveils 'Rattleheads', a generative NFT collection
In a new interview with Nick Bowcott of Sweetwater, MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine spoke about his songwriting process, particularly as it relates to the band’s latest album, the just-released “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!” He said: “I like to take my approach to writing as organic as possible so that I know what the melody is. And it makes it a lot easier for me to sing something over it because I’m not a… I wasn’t born to sing. I believe I was born to play guitar, but I don’t think I was born to sing. And there’s a lot of people out there that would say, ‘We agree.’ (Laughs)”
When Bowcott noted that Mustaine’s singing voice is “instantly recognizable and identifiable,” Dave said: “Yeah. It works for me, I think. The funny thing is before I got (throat) cancer (in 2019), I was having a lot of problems with my voice. And then the cancer came, and I got treatment, and I got healed, and then I had to kind of learn how to sing again, which has been bizarre, because it’s like learning how to talk again. I think there’s a lot of things inside here (points to his neck area) that kind of got messed up from the whole process, ‘cause they are putting beams of light through you that disintegrate stuff. And I had nine… I think it was nine doses of chemo and 32 doses of radiology. It was a lot — it was a lot. And when I started singing this tour last leg, I wasn’t having a good time singing, but the desire to sing better was there, ‘cause I was feeling better about myself. And you’d be surprised when you feel good about yourself how you wanna make that 360-degree feeling. And I’d heard from Kiko (Loureiro, MEGADETH guitarist) — he was living with me for a little while during the record ‘Dystopia’ — he had said that as long as you get one percent better every day, it’s only gonna take a hundred days till you’re completely changed and a new you. And I thought, ‘You know, that’s great.’ So that’s kind of when I started doubling up on my training and my classes, taking care of myself better and learning a little bit about what’s wrong with my voice. I contacted Tom (Keifer) from CINDERELLA (who overcame vocal cord paresis, a condition that typically ends a professional singing career), who’s a really nice guy. And we would have been mortal enemies back in the ’80s, right?”
MEGADETH have officially staked their claim of the Web3.0 space by unveiling their one-of-a-kind new project. “Rattleheads” is a generative art collection pulling from nearly 40 years of iconic themes and imagery. The collection is based on MEGADETH’s skeletal mascot Vic Rattlehead, an otherworldly being born in a dungeon of torment and pain. With eyes covered by a riveted-on visor, his mouth clamped shut, and ears closed with metal caps, Vic embodies the phrase “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.
Produced by Five To One Collective in partnership with Upper Echelon Studios, the collection is inspired by MEGADETH’s long-standing Cyber Army fan club and features militaristic “mission deployment mechanics” alongside vast additional utility to be revealed in upcoming transmissions.
Says MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine: “As long as MEGADETH has been a band, I’ve ensured that we were leading the charge. Our ﬁrst album set the standard for thrash metal. We were the ﬁrst band to have a web site. Our fan club Cyber Army was started in 1994. Our 2016 album ‘Dystopia’ came with a full Virtual Reality experience. And now with the rise of Web3 technology and its ability to directly connect us with our fans — this moment is perfect for MEGADETH. It allows the ultimate connection with our community and with none other than the almighty Vic Rattlehead as our standard-bearer.”
According to Billboard, MEGADETH’s latest album, “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!“, sold 48,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. It marks the band’s eighth top 10-charting album. Of “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!”’s 48,000 units earned for the week, album sales comprise 45,000, SEA units comprise 3,000 and TEA units comprise a neglible sum.
MEGADETH’s previous top 10 entries on the Billboard 200 were “Countdown to Extinction” (No. 2, 1992),“Youthanasia” (No. 4, 1994),“Cryptic Writings” (No. 10, 1997),“United Abominations” (No. 8, 2007),“Endgame” (No. 9, 2009),“Super Collider” (No. 6, 2013) and “Dystopia” (No. 3, 2016).
“The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!” arrived on September 2 via UMe.