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Countdown to Megadeth

After severe drug/alcohol problems, Dave Mustaine was booted from Metallica and started his own band, Megadeth, which became very successful. Only difference is they remained consistent than Metallica (sort of). Anyway, now that their 14th album "Super Collider" dropped, Megadeth will be getting their own check-up; we'll see which albums sell, and which are headed for extinction.
Rust in Peace

One of thrash metal's finest observations (outside of Slayer or Metallica), "Rust in Peace" by Megadeth contains some of the heaviest and fastest (if not technical) guitar work from the band to date. The drums, bass, vocals, lyrics, and production are also top-notch. In fact, if anything, it is the peak of Dave Mustaine's career. The most recognizable anthems here are "Hangar 18" and "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due"
2 Megadeth
Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?

One of the band's earliest and familiar works still stands today as a fine example of contemporary thrash brilliance. It's fast-paced, brutal and best of all, focused. It is an album sure to give "Ride the Lightning" a run for its money.
Countdown to Extinction

Megadeth's most accessible album still contains much of the attributes that set the thrash world ablaze with past albums. "Sweating Bullets" and "Symphony of Destruction" are just small examples of fast, heavy, catchy and melodic metal.

Megadeth successfully reboots itself with their 12th album, one that is their most focused, sharpest, and true to form since "Countdown to Extinction". Yes, it's that good.
5 Megadeth
Killing is My Business...

The band's 1985 debut doesn't have the same level of production as other albums would; what do you expect an 80's thrash album to sound like? But it's such a promising start to an illustrious career and an album difficult to ignore.
So Far, So Good... So What!

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Megadeth sticks to their meat-and-potatoes style on this record, and definitely succeeds with the fans.

Considered by a number of fans as a letdown, 1994's "Youthanasia" sees Mustaine and co. add more progressive rock influences to their wildly popular thrash formula. The pace is slowed down from past albums, but the album is redeemed by solid production and performances throughout.
United Abominations

Another combination of thrash metal and mild progressive rock influence, "United Abominations" is far from abominable, but it doesn't fully click to listeners in the same manner as, say, "Countdown to Extinction"
The System Has Failed

This system shouldn't be written off just yet; Mustaine and co. try to make the album pretty thrashy, but the production is somewhat questionable.

The 13th chapter of the Megadeth canon succeeds on its own terms, but you should keep in mind that the band will never be top of the line again, considering the lineup (and stylistic) changes made in the past.
Cryptic Writings

Megadeth begins to perform the unthinkable; a slow fall from grace. "Cryptic Wings" is less inspired than past albums, as the songs (guitar work included) are shorter and made more basic. Nothing could prepare them (nor the fans) for what came next.
The World Needs a Hero

A mild return to form following that four-letter fiasco from '99, this album virtually saved Megadeth from absolute obscurity because of its thrashier sound, but that's about it.

Megadeth alienates the audience in 1999 with an album completely devoid of thrash. It is a more mellow, mainstream (and cheesy) record, and that's really not what Megadeth is about. At least it's not "St. Anger".
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