April 8, Universal Music / Tradecraft / T-Boy Records will issue MEGADETH‘s latest album, “Dystopia”, as a limited-edition vinyl picture disc featuring the album’s vivid dark and chilling artwork which takes the bands long-time mascot Vic Rattlehead to a whole new level and drops him into a bleak, futuristic dystopian universe.
The “Dystopia” picture disc can be ordered individually at all participating retail and online outlets or at UMv as part of a specially priced pack with other picture disc titles including “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?”, “So Far, So Good…So What!”, “Rust In Peace”, “Countdown To Extinction” and “Youthanasia”.
Featuring eleven tracks, “Dystopia” was released on January 22 on CD, LP, and digitally, as well as a special Deluxe Virtual Reality CD package.
“Dystopia” debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart, No. 1 album on the Hard Music and Top Rock charts. and No. 2 on the Top Album Sales chart. Globally, “Dystopia” also achieved Top 10 debuts in Canada (No. 2), Japan (No. 2 international chart), Finland (No. 3), Mexico (No. 4), Czech Republic (No. 5), Australia (No. 6), New Zealand (No. 6), Switzerland (No. 7), Poland (No. 8) and Germany (No. 10), which along with Belgium, Ireland and Spain contributed to achieve MEGADETH‘s highest ever chart positions in their thirty-year history in a total of ten countries around the world. Other countries with significant sales or chart debuts included U.K., Norway, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, and France.
“Dystopia” shifted 49,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending January 28.
In terms of pure album sales, “Dystopia” opened with 48,000 copies, marking MEGADETH‘s highest-charting album since 1992’s “Countdown To Extinction” debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the chart dated August 1 of that year. “Dystopia” also logged the group’s best sales week since 2007, when “United Abominations” landed at No. 8 with first-week sales of 54,000.
“Dystopia” weaves together Dave Mustaine‘s intricate and unique songwriting style, trademark leads and lightning riffs with harmonious precision, paying homage to MEGADETH‘s influential roots while continuing to break new and heavy ground.
In addition to Mustaine, MEGADETH‘s current lineup includes longtime bassist David Ellefson, LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler and Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA.