Megadeth
Born:
01 June 1983
Country:
US
Genres:
Pop/Rock
Releases:
180
Biography: After he left Metallica in 1983, guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine formed the thrash metal quartet Megadeth. Though Megadeth followed the basic blueprint of Metallica's relentless attack, Mustaine's group distinguished themselves from his earlier band by lessening the progressive rock influences, adding an emphasis on instrumental skills, speeding the tempo up slightly, and making the instrumental attack harsher. By streamlining the classic thrash metal approach and making the music more threatening, as well as making the lyrics more nihilistic, Megadeth became one of the leading bands of the genre during the mid-'80s and late '80s. Each album they released went at least gold, and they continually sold out arenas across America, in addition to developing a strong following overseas. By the early '90s, they had toned their music 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 (born September 13, 1961), who was the band's official leader. Mustaine grew up in the suburbs of Southern California, where he was raised by his mother in a broken home; frequently, his mother left him to be raised by aunts and uncles, who never encouraged his musical inclinations and often belittled him for his fondness for heavy metal. In 1981, he formed Metallica with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. Mustaine spent two years with Metallica, developing a strong cult following in California's underground metal scene, before he was kicked out of the group in 1983, allegedly over his substance abuse. Immediately following his firing, he formed Megadeth with Ellefson, Slayer guitarist Kerry King, and drummer Lee Rauch. This lineup was extremely short-lived, and Mustaine and Ellefson soon recruited guitarist Chris Poland and drummer Gar Samuelson. 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-oriented publications, but also in mainstream music magazines. The album sold very well for an independent release, which attracted the attention of major record labels. By the end of the year, the group had signed with Capitol. Megadeth's first major-label album, Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?, was released in the fall of 1986. Like its predecessor, Peace Sells was greeted by strong reviews and sales; it eventually went platinum. Although the band's fortunes were on the upswing, Mustaine was beginning to sink deeper into drug abuse, specifically heroin. Soon, his addictions began to affect his work. Many stories concerning his erratic behavior were circulating within the metal community, and they seemed to be proven correct when he fired both Poland and Samuelson before the recording of the band's third album; they were replaced by Jeff Young and Chuck Behler, respectively. The new lineup debuted on So Far, So Good...So What!, released early in 1988. So Far, So Good peaked at number 28 on the charts and also eventually went platinum (despite less enthusiastic reviews); it also featured a notorious cover of the 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 he had reconvened the band, firing Young and Behler and replacing them with guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza. This lineup recorded Megadeth's fourth and most progressive album, Rust in Peace. The record peaked at number 23 on the American charts and went platinum. 1991 saw Metallica break through to the mainstream, and sensing the possibility for similar success, Mustaine followed suit in stripping down the band's sound, though it remained as technically perfectionistic as Rust in Peace. The result, Countdown to Extinction, was released in 1992, entering the charts at number two; the record went double platinum and became the band's biggest hit, confirming that they had 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, which entered the charts at number four and, like its predecessor, went platinum. The following year, the group released Hidden Treasures, a rarities 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-Suicidal Tendencies drummer Jimmy DeGrasso signed on in 1998, in time for the following year's Risk. In 2000, following the release of the best-of Capitol Punishment, Marty Friedman followed Nick Menza out the door; he was replaced by former Savatage 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 radial neuropathy shortly thereafter, a condition that prevented him from playing guitar. The compressed radial nerves in his left arm and hand were strained, 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 the stage for a Megadeth revival, which came in 2004-2005 with a surprising comeback album, The System Has Failed, and some heavy touring. Capitol released a new best-of, simply titled Greatest Hits, just as Megadeth hit the summer concert circuit, headlining Mustaine's own Gigantour festival. In 2007, Megadeth released the politically charged United Abominations, followed by the similarly apocalyptic Endgame in 2009.
Dystopia (Deluxe Edition)
Dystopia (Deluxe Edition)
Tracks: 13
Year: 2016
Dystopia (Japan)
Dystopia (Japan)
Tracks: 12
Year: 2016
Dystopia
Dystopia
Tracks: 1
Year: 2016
Fatal Illusion (Japan)
Fatal Illusion (Japan)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2015
Fatal Illusion
Fatal Illusion
Tracks: 1
Year: 2015
The Threat Is Real
The Threat Is Real
Tracks: 1
Year: 2015
Fatal Illusion (Japan)
Fatal Illusion (Japan)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2015
Icon
Icon
Tracks: 11
Year: 2014
30 Mega Metal Years
30 Mega Metal Years
Tracks: 30
Year: 2013
Countdown To Extinction: Live
Countdown To Extinction: Live
Tracks: 17
Year: 2013
Super Collider
Super Collider
Tracks: 1
Year: 2013
Countdown To Extinction: Live
Countdown To Extinction: Live
Tracks: 17
Year: 2013
Countdown To Extinction Live
Countdown To Extinction Live
Tracks: 17
Year: 2013
Unplugged At SiriusXM
Unplugged At SiriusXM
Tracks: 6
Year: 2013
Super Collider
Super Collider
Tracks: 13
Year: 2013
Megadeth
Megadeth
Tracks: 28
Year: 2012
Live In Brasil 1991
Live In Brasil 1991
Tracks: 10
Year: 2012
Heavy MTL 2010
Heavy MTL 2010
Tracks: 24
Year: 2012
Heavy MTL 2010 & Secret Show
Heavy MTL 2010 & Secret Show
Tracks: 24
Year: 2012
Th1rt3en
Th1rt3en
Tracks: 13
Year: 2011
The Big Four
The Big Four
Tracks: 52
Year: 2010
Rust In Peace Live
Rust In Peace Live
Tracks: 16
Year: 2010
Endgame
Endgame
Tracks: 11
Year: 2009
Live In Peoria, Illinois, USA
Live In Peoria, Illinois, USA
Tracks: 24
Year: 2009
United In The South
United In The South
Tracks: 22
Year: 2008
Warchest (Promo)
Warchest (Promo)
Tracks: 16
Year: 2007
United Abominations
United Abominations
Tracks: 11
Year: 2007
Unplugged In Boston
Unplugged In Boston
Tracks: 10
Year: 2006
Unplugged In Boston
Unplugged In Boston
Tracks: 10
Year: 2006
Attack By Setting Fire
Attack By Setting Fire
Tracks: 20
Year: 2006
Return To The South
Return To The South
Tracks: 25
Year: 2005
Electric Factory
Electric Factory
Tracks: 25
Year: 2004
The System Has Failed (EP)
The System Has Failed (EP)
Tracks: 5
Year: 2004
Unplugged In Philly
Unplugged In Philly
Tracks: 7
Year: 2004
Rude Awakening
Rude Awakening
Tracks: 24
Year: 2002
Acoustic Live
Acoustic Live
Tracks: 7
Year: 2001
Live In Hannover, Germany
Live In Hannover, Germany
Tracks: 11
Year: 2001
Moto Psycho (Promo)
Moto Psycho (Promo)
Tracks: 2
Year: 2001
Trust & Live In Moscow
Trust & Live In Moscow
Tracks: 18
Year: 2001
Kill The King (Promo)
Kill The King (Promo)
Tracks: 1
Year: 2000
Breadline (Single)
Breadline (Single)
Tracks: 6
Year: 2000
Return To Hanger 18
Return To Hanger 18
Tracks: 15
Year: 2000
Risk
Risk
Tracks: 12
Year: 1999
Breadline (Promo)
Breadline (Promo)
Tracks: 2
Year: 1999
Crush 'Em (Promo-Single)
Crush 'Em (Promo-Single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 1999
'99 Woodstock
'99 Woodstock
Tracks: 16
Year: 1999
A Secret Place (Promo)
A Secret Place (Promo)
Tracks: 2
Year: 1998
Listen To This, Vic!
Listen To This, Vic!
Tracks: 10
Year: 1998
Trust (Single)
Trust (Single)
Tracks: 4
Year: 1997
Almost Honest (Promo-Single)
Almost Honest (Promo-Single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 1997
Ferro 1997
Ferro 1997
Tracks: 18
Year: 1997
Friday 13
Friday 13
Tracks: 17
Year: 1997
Unplugged Live In Bueno Aires
Unplugged Live In Bueno Aires
Tracks: 10
Year: 1997
Anarchy In France
Anarchy In France
Tracks: 24
Year: 1997
Almost Honest (Promo-Single)
Almost Honest (Promo-Single)
Tracks: 1
Year: 1997
Live Trax (EP)
Live Trax (EP)
Tracks: 6
Year: 1997
The Other Side
The Other Side
Tracks: 16
Year: 1995
A Tout Le Monde (Single)
A Tout Le Monde (Single)
Tracks: 4
Year: 1995
Halloween Party
Halloween Party
Tracks: 16
Year: 1995
Hidden Treasures (EP)
Hidden Treasures (EP)
Tracks: 12
Year: 1995
Symphony Of Destruction
Symphony Of Destruction
Tracks: 17
Year: 1994
Youthanasia
Youthanasia
Tracks: 12
Year: 1994
Live Symphony
Live Symphony
Tracks: 13
Year: 1994
Youthanasia (Single)
Youthanasia (Single)
Tracks: 4
Year: 1994
Europe 1993
Europe 1993
Tracks: 14
Year: 1994
Live Symphony
Live Symphony
Tracks: 13
Year: 1994
American Assault
American Assault
Tracks: 9
Year: 1994
Youthanasia
Youthanasia
Tracks: 12
Year: 1994
Youthanasia (Sampler)
Youthanasia (Sampler)
Tracks: 3
Year: 1994
De Kuip Rotterdam
De Kuip Rotterdam
Tracks: 12
Year: 1994
Black Shadows
Black Shadows
Tracks: 9
Year: 1994
Sharpening The Axe
Sharpening The Axe
Tracks: 8
Year: 1993
Live U.S.A.
Live U.S.A.
Tracks: 16
Year: 1993
Megadeth Live (Promo-Live)
Megadeth Live (Promo-Live)
Tracks: 6
Year: 1993
99 Ways To Die (EP)
99 Ways To Die (EP)
Tracks: 5
Year: 1993
Anarchy Symphony
Anarchy Symphony
Tracks: 15
Year: 1993
Suicide Solution
Suicide Solution
Tracks: 12
Year: 1993
Live In San Francisco
Live In San Francisco
Tracks: 14
Year: 1992
Sweating Bullets (Single)
Sweating Bullets (Single)
Tracks: 4
Year: 1992
Skin O' My Teeth
Skin O' My Teeth
Tracks: 6
Year: 1992
Symphony Of Destruction
Symphony Of Destruction
Tracks: 15
Year: 1992
Smegma Breath
Smegma Breath
Tracks: 13
Year: 1992
Like A Tornado
Like A Tornado
Tracks: 15
Year: 1992
Bangers 18
Bangers 18
Tracks: 14
Year: 1991
Set The World On Fire
Set The World On Fire
Tracks: 13
Year: 1991
Maximum Megadeth (Promo-EP)
Maximum Megadeth (Promo-EP)
Tracks: 8
Year: 1991
Angar 18 (Single)
Angar 18 (Single)
Tracks: 5
Year: 1990
Rust In Peace
Rust In Peace
Tracks: 9
Year: 1990
Rust In Peace
Rust In Peace
Tracks: 9
Year: 1990
Hangar 18 (Promo-Single)
Hangar 18 (Promo-Single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 1990
German Storm
German Storm
Tracks: 7
Year: 1988
Mary Jane (Single)
Mary Jane (Single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 1988
Anarchy in the U.K. (Single)
Anarchy in the U.K. (Single)
Tracks: 2
Year: 1988
Live At Die Zeche, Bochum
Live At Die Zeche, Bochum
Tracks: 9
Year: 1987
The Last Show
The Last Show
Tracks: 15
Year: 1987
Wake Up Dead (Single)
Wake Up Dead (Single)
Tracks: 3
Year: 1986
Reseda, CA
Reseda, CA
Tracks: 10
Year: 1985
Live In San Francisco
Live In San Francisco
Tracks: 15
Year: 1984
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