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Megadeth

After he left Metallica in 1983, guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine formed the thrash metal quartet Megadeth.Though Megadethfollowedthebasicblueprintof Metallica's relentless attack, Mustaine's group distinguished themselves from his earlier band bylessening theprogressiverockinfluences, adding anemphasis on instrumental skills,speeding the tempo up slightly, and makingthe instrumental attackharsher.Bystreamlining the classic thrash metalapproach and making the music more threatening, as wellas making the lyrics morenihilistic,Megadethbecame one of the leading bands of the genreduring the mi ...read more

After he left Metallica in 1983, guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine formed the thrash metal quartet Megadeth.Though Megadethfollowedthebasicblueprintof Metallica's relentless attack, Mustaine's group distinguished themselves from his earlier band bylessening theprogressiverockinfluences, adding anemphasis on instrumental skills,speeding the tempo up slightly, and makingthe instrumental attackharsher.Bystreamlining the classic thrash metalapproach and making the music more threatening, as wellas making the lyrics morenihilistic,Megadethbecame one of the leading bands of the genreduring the mid- and late '80s. Eachalbum they released went at least gold, andtheycontinuallysold out arenas across America, in addition to developinga strongfollowing overseas. By the early '90s,they had toned theirmusicdownslightly, yet that simply increased their following; all of theirproper '90salbums debuted in the Top Ten.

Throughout Megadeth's many lineup changes, the two core members were bassist Dave Ellefson and guitarist/vocalistDaveMustaine(bornSeptember13, 1961), who was the band's official leader. Mustaine grew up in the suburbs of Southern California,where he wasraised byhismother in a brokenhome; frequently, his mother left him to be raised by aunts and uncles, who neverencouraged his musicalinclinationsandoften belittled him for hisfondness for heavy metal. In1981, he formed Metallica withJames Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. Mustainespent twoyearswith Metallica,developing a strongcult following in California'sunderground metal scene, before he was kicked out ofthegroupin1983,allegedlyover his substance abuse. Immediatelyfollowinghis firing, he formed Megadeth with Ellefson, Slayer guitarist KerryKing,and drummerLeeRauch.This lineup was extremely short-lived, andMustaine and Ellefson soon recruited guitarist Chris Poland and drummerGar Samuelson.

For the next few years, Megadeth toured and gained a following, signing with the independent labelCombatinlate1984.Thefollowingyear,thegroupreleased their debut, "Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!",which received strongreviews, not only inmetal-orientedpublications, but also inmainstream music magazines. The album sold very well for an independent release,whichattracted the attentionofmajor record labels. By the end ofthe year,the group had signed with Capitol. Megadeth's first major. labelalbum,"Peace Sells...ButWho'sBuying?", was released in the fall of 1986.Like itspredecessor, Peace Sells was greeted by strongreviews and sales; iteventuallywentplatinum.

Although the band's fortunes were on the upswing, Mustaine was beginning to sink deeper into drug abuse,specificallyheroin.Soon,hisaddictionsbeganto affect his work. Many stories concerning his erratic behavior were circulating within the metal community,andtheyseemed to be provencorrect whenhe fired both Poland and Samuelson before the recording of the band's third album;they were replacedbyJeff Young and ChuckBehler, respectively.Thenew lineup debuted on "So Far, So Good...So What!", releasedearly in 1988. So Far, SoGoodpeaked at number 28 on thecharts and also eventuallywent platinum (despite less enthusiasticreviews); it also featured a notorious coverofthe Sex Pistols'"Anarchy in theUK"with incorrect lyrics.

In the years immediately following the release of So Far, So Good...So What!, Mustaine was impaired by his drugaddictions.Inearly1990,hewasarrested for driving under the influence and entered a rehabilitation program. By the end of the year, he wasnotonly sober,buthe hadreconvened theband, firing Young and Behler and replacing them with guitarist Marty Friedman and drummerNick Menza.This lineuprecordedMegadeth's fourth andmost progressive album, "Rust in Peace". The record peaked at number 23on the American charts andwentplatinum.1991 saw Metallica break throughto the mainstream, and sensing the possibility forsimilar success, Mustaine followed suit instrippingdownthe band's sound, though it remained astechnically perfectionistic as Rustin Peace. The result, "Countdown to Extinction",wasreleasedin1992, entering the charts at number two;the recordwent doubleplatinum and became the band's biggest hit,confirming that theyhadretainedtheir audience in the wake of grunge.

Now one of the most popular metal bands in the world, Megadeth moved further toward the mainstream with"Youthanasia"in1994,whichenteredthecharts at number four and, like its predecessor, went platinum. The following year,the groupreleased"Hidden Treasures", ararities collectionthatfeatured some of the soundtrack tunes that had helped expand the group's MTVaudience inthe early '90s.1997's"Cryptic Writings" foundMegadeth fullyembraced by album rock radio, which formerly wouldnever have touched the band.Ex- SuicidalTendencies drummer JimmyDeGrasso signed on in 1998,in time for the following year's"Risk", which was rather poorly received. In2000,following the release of the best-of"Capitol Punishment", MartyFriedmanfollowed Nick Menza out the door;he was replaced byformerSavatage and Alice Cooper guitarist Al Pitrelli.After signing with theBMG subsidiarySanctuary, Megadeth debuted its new lineup on2001's"The World Needs a Hero".

While on break from touring, Mustaine suffered a serious injury in January 2002 while staying in Texas. He was diagnosedwithhavingradialneuropathyshortly thereafter, a condition that prevented him from playing guitar.The compressed radial nerves in hisleft arm andhandwerestrained, leavingMegadeth little recourse but to disband in April 2002,after almost 20 years in the musicindustry. During his timeoff,Mustaineprepared an elaboratereissue campaign,remastering each album and reissuing them all withbonus material. This campaign set thestagefor aMegadeth revival,which came in2004-2005 with a surprising comeback album,The System Has Failed, and some heavytouring.Capitolreleased a new best-of, simply titled "GreatestHits: Back to the Start",just as Megadeth hit the summer concert circuit,headliningMustaine'sown Gigantour festival. In 2007, after signing toRoadrunnerRecords, Megadeth released the politically charged"UnitedAbominations",followedby the similarly apocalyptic "Endgame" in 2009.2011's"Th1rt3en" was the first Megadeth album since 2001's TheWorldNeeds a Hero tofeature the bass playing of foundingmember Dave Ellefson, and wasproduced by Johnny K. (Staind, Disturbed). Containingsomeof the band'sdarkest and heaviestmaterial for years, it combined new songs with older oneswritten years ago but never recorded.

The band released their 15th effort "Dystopia" early 2016, released through Dave Mustaine's own label Tradecraft. « hide

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LPs
Dystopia
2016

3.3
411 Votes
Super Collider
06/04/2013

2
881 Votes
Th1rt3en
2011

3.1
1,067 Votes
Endgame
2009

3.9
2,069 Votes
United Abominations
2007

3.5
1,571 Votes
The System Has Failed
2004

3.5
1,350 Votes
The World Needs a Hero
2001

2.8
1,019 Votes
Risk
1999

2.3
1,283 Votes
Cryptic Writings
1997

3.2
1,255 Votes
Youthanasia
1994

3.7
1,701 Votes
Countdown to Extinction
1992

4
2,507 Votes
Rust in Peace
1990

4.6
4,431 Votes
So Far, So Good... So What!
1988

3.7
1,730 Votes
Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
1986

4.3
3,066 Votes
Killing Is My Business...
1985

3.8
1,703 Votes
EPs
Public Enemy No.1
2011

3.5
5 Votes
Deep Cuts
2009

2.7
6 Votes
Breadline
2000

2.9
10 Votes
Live Trax II
1998

4.3
2 Votes
Live Trax
1998

4.1
4 Votes
Cryptic Sounds
1997

3.2
7 Votes
Hidden Treasures
1995

3.6
307 Votes
Maximum Megadeth
1991

3.7
16 Votes
Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
1990

4.7
10 Votes
Last Rites
1984

4.1
31 Votes
Live Albums
Countdown to Extinction Live
09/24/2013

3.6
19 Votes
Rust in Peace Live
2010

4.2
115 Votes
That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires
2007

3.9
188 Votes
Unplugged in Boston
2006

3.9
16 Votes
Unplugged in Philly
2004

3.5
1 Votes
Rude Awakening
2002

3.8
164 Votes
Compilations
Peace Sells... (25th Anniversary)
2011

4.8
30 Votes
Anthology: Set the World Afire
2008

3.8
21 Votes
Warchest
2007

4.3
75 Votes
Arsenal of Megadeth
2006

3.8
71 Votes
Greatest Hits: Back to the Start
2005

4.1
360 Votes
Hell Wasn't Built in a Day
2004

4.3
10 Votes
Still, Alive...And Well?
2002

3.4
71 Votes
Capitol Punishment
2000

3.6
114 Votes
Megabox
1993

4
69 Votes
Rusted Pieces
1991

3.9
45 Votes

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