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Megadeth

After he left Metallica in 1983, guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine formed the thrash metal quartet Megadeth.Though Megadeth followed thebasic blueprint of Metallica's relentless attack, Mustaine's group distinguished themselves from his earlier band by lessening the progressiverock influences, adding an emphasis on instrumental skills,speeding the tempo up slightly, and making the instrumental attack harsher. Bystreamlining the classic thrash metal approach and making the music more threatening, as well as making the lyrics more nihilistic,Megadethbecame one of the leading bands of the genr ...read more

After he left Metallica in 1983, guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine formed the thrash metal quartet Megadeth.Though Megadeth followed thebasic blueprint of Metallica's relentless attack, Mustaine's group distinguished themselves from his earlier band by lessening the progressiverock influences, adding an emphasis on instrumental skills,speeding the tempo up slightly, and making the instrumental attack harsher. Bystreamlining the classic thrash metal approach and making the music more threatening, as well as making the lyrics more nihilistic,Megadethbecame one of the leading bands of the genre during the mid- and late '80s. Each album they released went at least gold, and theycontinually sold out arenas across America, in addition to developing a strong following overseas. By the early '90s,they had toned theirmusic down slightly, yet that simply increased their following; all of their proper '90s albums debuted in the Top Ten.

Throughout Megadeth's many lineup changes, the two core members were bassist Dave Ellefson and guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine (bornSeptember 13, 1961), who was the band's official leader. Mustaine grew up in the suburbs of Southern California,where he was raised by hismother in a broken home; frequently, his mother left him to be raised by aunts and uncles, who never encouraged his musical inclinationsand often belittled him for his fondness for heavy metal. In 1981, he formed Metallica with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. Mustaine spenttwo years with Metallica,developing a strong cult following in California's underground metal scene, before he was kicked out of the group in1983, allegedly over his substance abuse. Immediately following his firing, he formed Megadeth with Ellefson, Slayer guitarist Kerry King,anddrummer Lee Rauch.This lineup was extremely short-lived, and Mustaine and Ellefson soon recruited guitarist Chris Poland and drummer GarSamuelson.

For the next few years, Megadeth toured and gained a following, signing with the independent label Combat in late 1984. The following year,the group released their debut, "Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!",which received strong reviews, not only in metal-orientedpublications, but also in mainstream music magazines. The album sold very well for an independent release,which attracted the attention ofmajor record labels. By the end ofthe year,the group had signed with Capitol. Megadeth's first major-label album,"Peace Sells... But Who'sBuying?", was released in the fall of 1986. Like its predecessor, Peace Sells was greeted by strong reviews and sales; it eventually wentplatinum.

Although the band's fortunes were on the upswing, Mustaine was beginning to sink deeper into drug abuse, specifically heroin. Soon,hisaddictions began to affect his work. Many stories concerning his erratic behavior were circulating within the metal community,and theyseemed to be proven correct when he fired both Poland and Samuelson before the recording of the band's third album;they were replaced byJeff Young and Chuck Behler, respectively. The new lineup debuted on "So Far, So Good...So What!", released early in 1988. So Far, So Goodpeaked at number 28 on thecharts and also eventually went platinum (despite less enthusiastic reviews); it also featured a notorious cover ofthe Sex Pistols'"Anarchy in the UK"with incorrect lyrics.

In the years immediately following the release of So Far, So Good...So What!, Mustaine was impaired by his drug addictions. In early 1990,he was arrested for driving under the influence and entered a rehabilitation program. By the end of the year, he was not only sober,but hehad reconvened the band, firing Young and Behler and replacing them with guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza.This lineuprecorded Megadeth's fourth and most progressive album, "Rust in Peace". The record peaked at number 23 on the American charts and wentplatinum. 1991 saw Metallica break through to the mainstream, and sensing the possibility for similar success, Mustaine followed suit instripping down the band's sound, though it remained as technically perfectionistic as Rust in Peace. The result, "Countdown to Extinction", wasreleased in 1992, entering the charts at number two;the record went double platinum and became the band's biggest hit, confirming that theyhad retained their 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" in 1994, whichentered the charts at number four and, like its predecessor, went platinum. The following year, the group released"Hidden Treasures", ararities collection that featured some of the soundtrack tunes that had helped expand the group's MTV audience in the early '90s. 1997's"Cryptic Writings" found Megadeth fully embraced by album rock radio, which formerly would never have touched the band.Ex-SuicidalTendencies drummer Jimmy De Grasso signed on in 1998,in time for the following year's "Risk", which was rather poorly received. In 2000,following the release of the best-of "Capitol Punishment", Marty Friedman followed Nick Menza out the door;he was replaced by formerSavatage and Alice Cooper guitarist Al Pitrelli.After signing with the BMG subsidiary Sanctuary, Megadeth debuted its new lineup on 2001'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 diagnosed with having radialneuropathy shortly thereafter, a condition that prevented him from playing guitar.The compressed radial nerves in his left arm and hand werestrained, leaving Megadeth little recourse but to disband in April 2002, after almost 20 years in the music industry. During his time off,Mustaine prepared an elaborate reissue campaign,remastering each album and reissuing them all with bonus material. This campaign set thestage for a Megadeth revival,which came in2004-2005 with a surprising comeback album,The System Has Failed, and some heavy touring.Capitol released a new best-of, simply titled "Greatest Hits: Back to the Start", just as Megadeth hit the summer concert circuit, headliningMustaine's own Gigantour festival. In 2007, after signing to Roadrunner Records, Megadeth released the politically charged "UnitedAbominations", followed by the similarly apocalyptic "Endgame" in 2009. 2011's "Th1rt3en" was the first Megadeth album since 2001's TheWorld Needs a Hero to feature the bass playing of founding member Dave Ellefson, and was produced by Johnny K. (Staind, Disturbed).Containing some of the band's darkest and heaviest material for years, it combined new songs with older ones written years ago but neverrecorded.

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
668 Votes
Super Collider
06/04/2013

1.9
1,030 Votes
Th1rt3en
2011

3.1
1,193 Votes
Endgame
2009

3.9
2,228 Votes
United Abominations
2007

3.5
1,689 Votes
The System Has Failed
2004

3.5
1,468 Votes
The World Needs a Hero
2001

2.8
1,123 Votes
Risk
1999

2.3
1,423 Votes
Cryptic Writings
1997

3.2
1,385 Votes
Youthanasia
1994

3.7
1,869 Votes
Countdown to Extinction
1992

4
2,764 Votes
Rust in Peace
1990

4.6
4,839 Votes
So Far, So Good... So What!
1988

3.7
1,914 Votes
Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
1986

4.3
3,348 Votes
Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!
1985

3.8
1,889 Votes
EPs
Deep Cuts
2009

2.8
6 Votes
Breadline
2000

2.7
10 Votes
Live Trax II
1998

4.8
2 Votes
Live Trax
1998

4.2
3 Votes
Cryptic Sounds
1997

3.3
8 Votes
Hidden Treasures
1995

3.6
322 Votes
Maximum Megadeth
1991

3.7
15 Votes
Last Rites (Demo)
1984

4
36 Votes
Live Albums
Countdown to Extinction Live
09/24/2013

3.5
23 Votes
Rust in Peace Live
2010

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

4
196 Votes
Unplugged in Boston
2006

3.8
17 Votes
Unplugged in Philly
2004

3.5
1 Votes
Rude Awakening
2002

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

4.8
32 Votes
Anthology: Set the World Afire
2008

3.8
23 Votes
Warchest
2007

4.3
77 Votes
Arsenal of Megadeth
2006

3.8
71 Votes
Greatest Hits: Back to the Start
2005

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

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

3.4
73 Votes
Capitol Punishment
2000

3.6
118 Votes
Megabox
1993

4
69 Votes
Rusted Pieces
1991

3.9
46 Votes

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