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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 up the tempo 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- 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 its 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. Metallica broke through to the mainstream in 1991, and sensing the possibility for similar success, Mustaine followed suit in stripping down Megadeth's sound, though it remained as technically perfectionist 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. Released in 1997, 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 their 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. Released in 2011, Th1rt3en was the first Megadeth album since 2001's The World 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 in years, it combined new songs with older ones written years ago but never recorded. In 2012, the band embarked on a tour playing its fifth album, Countdown to Extinction (now 20 years old), in its entirety. The tour resulted in the release of concert album Countdown to Extinction: Live, which arrived the following year. Super Collider, the group's 14th studio outing, was also released in 2013. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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the very same day they cast him out from Metallica, Dave Mustaine was on his way to home on a bus. When he found on the seat beside him an army pamphlet about thermonuclea r war. Megadeath was the term used to abbreviate 1,000,000.00 casualties in a nuclear explosion. Megadeth abbreviates it a little more.
@ queers1882. Sounds like you have first hand experience and some suppressed feelings. I'm tired of reading and trying to comprehend your grammar and punctuation. Gives me a migraine . So agreed . Let's squash it. Later gay boy .
You're all homos, stop arguing and air guitar!
Chicane ur no better u got no life u cant wait till i write somethin about u its like ur school days all over again ull take gettin picked on for someone to talk to u well guess what they all hated ur queer a** and so do i get a life i am done with this s**t go play in traffic so i dont got to see ur dumb s**t
I question why in the H-E-double hockey sticks people venture to listen to a metal channel, then leave ignorant comments displaying their distaste for the genre. Why not listen to your Bieber and Train inspired channels and leave the metal to the fans? Just go away. You are not wanted. It's that simple.
@queers1882. You just sound like an even bigger moron now. @ Adam and nick. You two are the biggest Tools on this thread
Chicane why dont u get a life and stop being a inbread with ur mom and writing all them dirty comments to kids on the other sites if these ppl seen the s**t you wrote to them littlie boys they wouldn,t care about gramer u sicko dont write nothin to me at all i dont want ppl to think i talk with a childmoleste r so stop Chester
I agree with you there Nicko... Pathetic.
listen to the Music, wow what a bunch of tools.
have to agree with Chicane, 1882 you hurt my head trying to read your crap
I love this becaus it is a song from the wwe
I love this band!
Wow. What an awesome display of intelligence queers 1882. How about using some punctuation and proper spelling you dumb, illiterate b**tard. I think I just lost brain cells trying to comprehend what you just said. Easy with the threats dummy. I would hate to strum your a** and make you even more stupid than what you are now.( if that's even possible ) later sissy
Yo lilstat5 dont worry about chicane hes gay thats y his name is chicane cuz thats were he likes it
O ya ur rite i do have a big c**k n go figure right away u want to talk about my dick iy yi yi fagget
And after u throw all ur electronics in do us a favor and dont for get to jump in i wood love to c that live stream it later i and ur mom called me n said to tell u to get another box of rubbers u guys are out later ugly
Chicane the only joke is in ur hand when u pull that thing out to f**k ur mom nosey little troll ya ur a f**kin dork who says that ur mom is all ull ever get cuz i wood bet my life ur one of them fat a** d&d playin faggets that sits around cuz ur to gross for ne girl to like so ur gd old mom feels bad man i wood love to c u later u ugly f**k
My friend got me into this band n I really like them now
They did a cover of go go power rangers
Great to see these guys for the first time open for Maiden a couple times last summer! Though they almost blew out my ear drums!!!!
Some people are just ignorant a**holes. Enjoy your lonely, miserable existence I guess. Think what you want about me, I won't lose any sleep over it. In the mean time, I'll just listen to some good metal music, like Megadeth, and you can keep on with your mindless witless insults, as if anyone cares about your opinion in the first place.
Thank god Dave got booted from Metallic or we would never have MEGADETH.... Love Metallica but love MEGADETH as well 2 GREAT metal bands are better than 1....
you can't avoid a-holes
Yea I didn't stutter a**hole. At least you admit it. If you didn't give a s**t then you'd shut your fat mouth and quit commenting you nosey little troll. You and that loser queers1882 can go suck each other off to this crappy band for all I care. Btw you have anymore great and original jokes?
How delusional can one person be? I'm the a**hole? Well, not like I could give any s**ts what some loser who spends his time trolling on pandora has to say. Honestly, who do you think you're impressing? Mr. Big tough guy likes to call people names on the comment section for one of the best metal bands of all time. Go off yourself, please, for the sake of mankind.
Dave is a Metal God !!!! Follow me \m/
Quit being an a**hole by jumping in on convos that don't involve you. You nosey little troll.
Wow. The old electronics in a bathtub joke. Never heard that one before stupid. I've never said one word to you and you proceed to jump on me for no reason. Considering your goal is to troll I'll tell you a secret. It's very easy so simple minded ppl like yourself can understand. If you don't like what I have to say, pretty simple concept, IGNORE IT. Just ignore and keep your fat c**k mouth shut. Quit trying to be an internet tough guy . I've never said one word to you so mind your own biz and q
I don't see any insults I made. I may have made an assumption that your life is meaningless, but I'm pretty sure it's a safe assumption, considering your goal is to troll, very poorly I might add, on pandora. Do everyone a favor and go throw all of your electronics into a bathtub filled with water.
Wow everyone lets just enjoy megadeth no need to fight or be homophobic just listen to the music
@lilTARD5... y o u mean start fights and insult people kinda like what you're doing? Hypocrite much??? Mind your own biz lil girl
Real mature. I'm sure you're the coolest kid in your 7th grade class this year Chicane. Homophobic jokes were only funny then, and seeing as how that's all you want to talk about, I'm under the assumption your either still 12 years old or are just self conscious about your own life decisions. Enjoy your s**tty meaningless life, cause its evidently apparent you have nothing better to do with your time than start fights and insult people over the Internet. Pathetic.
Hey queers 1882... I see you're still an illiterate, grammaticall y incorrect dumb a**. Only thing in your mouth is your dads penis that you're stroking. If you'd worry more about spelling and proper English instead of bumping your big fat c**k mouth, then you'd be smart like me:)
Yo chicane i dont got ne ones dick in my mouth i got ur girls p**sy in it tho but if u want to suck dick try kathryn lopez
If i ever get a boyfriend and somethin' happens this'll be my breakup song
This song is like my life story, because s**t man! I f**king feel like that sometimes, especially when some one don't give a s**t about,or I don't give a good flying f**k about anything or anyone. Thats one song Megadeth came out with thats explains it all.
lookin for a good modern thrash band with a retro sound (like cliff burton era metallica, slayer, or megedeth) any recomendatio n s ?
Peace would sell much better, if Pot was legalized. I'm just saying...<><
Volbeat is rad!
Megadeth is awesome!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
I have to disagree...V o l b e a t is bad a**! I love their Rock-a-billy sound, it is very unique!
Volbeat is gay
try volbeat
Good band big time O:-) =-O :-D
It's also because he has travo73's dick in his mouth. So he's probably not a multitasker. His one brain cell will only allow him to do one thing at a time, and that's suck c**k. Yo queers 1882, take travo's c**k out of your mouth then you might be able to hit the right keys.
The wonderful consideratio n people have for others,....* s i g h s * , . . . a m e r i c a .
Considering his intelligence level that he so proudly displays, if all use big words, proper grammar, punctuation, and complete sentences, he won't be able to understand.. . t h u s , shutting him up.
And as for u anaheimduxgi r l shut the f**k up no ones talking to ur a** u dyke ur prob a big fatass gross b**ch but u n chicane wood be great ur both ugly losers but he got a thing for his mom so u might b out but lose some weight u fat slob have a gd day u scumbags
Chicane i c u took time out from watching ur mom in the shower again to write ur gay comment fagget now u should take a lil longer to find ur owen house and move out ur moms n f**k get a girl friend u ugly f**k
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