Written by Alex Stojanovic
Dave Mustaine - Vocals & lead guitars
Randy Blythe - Vocals
Mark Morton - Lead guitars
Willie Adler - Rhythm guitars
John Campbell - Bass
Art Cruz - Drums
Kiko Loureiro - Lead guitars
James Lomenzo - Gang vocals
Dirk Verbeuren - Gang vocals
Release Date: April 1, 2022
Megadeth Website: www.megadeth.com
Lamb Of God Website: www.lamb-of-god.com
The track also features the current members of the Megadeth lineup. Since the drums were already done by Art Cruz, Dirk Verbeuren, along with James Lomenzo, provided backup gang vocals at the end during the “you die” segment. The signature voices of Mustaine and Randy Blythe mixed together give the song a whole new level of aggression. Like I mentioned above, when a classic is re-recorded or re-worked, it causes mixed reactions because there’s people that love it when a classic gets a modern upgrade, and there’s people that wonder why a band would ever do such a thing to a song that was already perfect. I certainly have favourite classic metal tracks that I think are perfect the way they are and they don’t need a modern touch. However, there are some modernized versions of classic tracks that I think sound more definitive and more alive than the original versions do. With “Wake Up Dead”, I’ll take both versions.
Given the amount of history Megadeth and Lamb Of God have had with tours together, and even sharing members on occasion (i.e: Chris Adler on Dystopia), this collaboration is not just a collaboration, but it’s more of a case of metal’s two biggest bands coming together to give a classic some modern life and celebrating the history they’ve build together.