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Back in June, Megadeth finally announced their long-awaited 16th studio full-length, The Sick, the Dying... And the Dead!, the thrash pioneers' first album in six long years and first since bandleader Dave Mustaine's battle with throat cancer. Accompanying the news was a ripping single, "We'll Be Back," and its cinematic music video, the first in a trilogy of videos chronicling the origin story of Megadeth's mascot, Vic Rattlehead.
Today (July 22nd), we got single No. 2, "Night Stalkers," which features a guest appearance from gangster rap OG and Body Count frontman Ice-T. "It's a brutal song," Mustaine said of the cut earlier this year, speaking to Jose Mangin of SiriusXM Liquid Metal. He wasn't joking. Blast it above via the song's action-packed music video,the second entry in the The Sick, the Dying... And the Dead! trilogy.
In the same interview, Mustaine discussed the backstory of the song and how Ice-T got involved. "'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," the Megadeth bandleader explained. "Nobody knows they're there — they're in, they're out."
He added of Ice-T: "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."
The Sick, the Dying... And the Dead! is due out September 2nd.