Origin: San Francisco, CA, USA
Genres: Thrash Metal
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Megadeth  


Megadeth was formed by guitarist Dave Mustaine after his well-publicized departure from Metallica, with early lineups featuring guitarists Kerry King (Slayer) and Greg Handevidt (Kublai Khan) among others. The lineups have changed much over the years, with the early changes no doubt due in part to Mustaine being rather hard to work with. But he has mellowed a bit over the years, and as a result Megadeth have carved a pretty nice career for themselves, gradually moving from early thrash beginnings, to power-thrash in their prime (Rust In Peace, arguably their high point), to a slightly more mainstream sound (but still heavy) on their later material. This seems to have divided their fan base a bit, as some wish a return to their more aggressive early days, while others like the current direction. Nonetheless, Megadeth remains an important band in the history of heavy metal, and the many accolades awarded them have been well deserved.

In April of 2002 Mustaine abruptly announced his departure from the band, and thus the dissolution of Megadeth, after nearly 20 years with the band. The triggering event was an arm injury suffered earlier that year, forcing him to stop guitar playing for an extended period and reassess his and the band's situation. But a year later, Dave was back, his injury cured thanks to physical therapy, and Megadeth was back in business. With his relationship with longtime bassist Dave Ellefson strained, Mustaine set about finding a new lineup to record with, eventually hooking up with new recruits Jimmy Sloas and Vinnie Colaiuta, along with a surprise performance from none other than early Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland. With this lineup, Megadeth recorded and released The System Has Failed, an album that predictably has generated all sorts of wide-ranging opinions, though Mustaine has clearly opted for at least a partial return to the glory days of mid-career Megadeth rather than the more experimental sounds of the last couple of albums. The album now released, Dave has put together yet another lineup, and looks set to continue the Megadeth saga.

Current Members

Dave Mustaine

vocals/guitars (M.D.45, Metallica)

Dave Ellefson

bass (Killing Machine, Temple Of Brutality)

Former Members/Guests

Chris Poland

guitars (Damn The Machine)

Jeff Young

guitars

Marty Friedman

guitars (Cacophony, Hawaii, Tourniquet, Vixen)

Al Pitrelli

guitars (Savatage, Vertex)

Glen Drover

guitars (Eidolon, King Diamond)

Chris Broderick

guitars (Jag Panzer)

Jimmy Sloas

bass

James Lomenzo

bass (Black Label Society, Pride & Glory)

James MacDonough

bass (Iced Earth)

Gar Samuelson

drums (Fatal Opera) RIP: July 14, 1999, liver failure, age 41

Chuck Behler

drums

Nick Menza

drums (Rhoads)

Jimmy DeGrasso

drums (Alice Cooper, Black Star Riders, Killing Machine, M.D.45, Suicidal Tendencies, Y&T)

Vinnie Colaiuta

drums

Shawn Drover

drums (Eidolon)


Discography



Killing Is My Business 
1985 Combat
  1. Last Rites/Loved To Death
  2. Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good
  3. Skull Beneath The Skin
  4. These Boots
  5. Rattlehead
  6. Chosen Ones
  7. Looking Down The Cross
  8. Mechanix
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Chris Poland
  • Dave Ellefson
  • Gar Samuelson
1985 Internet Top Ten album




Peace Sells, But Who's Buying? 
1986 Capitol
  1. Wake Up Dead
  2. The Conjuring
  3. Peace Sells
  4. Devil's Island
  5. Good Mourning/Black Friday
  6. Bad Omen
  7. I Ain't Superstitious
  8. My Last Words
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Chris Poland
  • Dave Ellefson
  • Gar Samuelson
1986 BNR and Internet Top Ten album




So Far, So Good, So What 
1988 Capitol
  1. Into The Lungs Of Hell
  2. Set The World Afire
  3. Anarchy in The U.K.
  4. Mary Jane
  5. 502
  6. In My Darkest Hour
  7. Liar
  8. Hook in mouth
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Jeff Young
  • Dave Ellefson
  • Chuck Behler
1988 Internet Top Ten album




Rust In Peace 
1990 Capitol
  1. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
  2. Hangar 18
  3. Take No Prisoners
  4. Five Magics
  5. Poison Was The Cure
  6. Lucretia
  7. Tornado Of Souls
  8. Dawn Patrol
  9. Rust In Peace...Polaris
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Marty Friedman
  • Dave Ellefson
  • Nick Menza
1990 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Countdown To Extinction 
1992 Capitol
  1. Skin O' My Teeth
  2. Symphony Of Destruction
  3. Architecture Of Aggression
  4. Foreclosure Of A Dream
  5. Sweating Bullets
  6. This Was My Life
  7. Countdown To Extinction
  8. High Speed Dirt
  9. Psychotron
  10. Captive Honour
  11. Ashes In Your Mouth
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Marty Friedman
  • Dave Ellefson
  • Nick Menza
1992 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Youthanasia 
1994 Capitol
  1. Reckoning Day
  2. Train of Consequences
  3. Addicted to Chaos
  4. A Tout le Monde
  5. Elysian Fields
  6. The Killing Road
  7. Blood of Heroes
  8. Family Tree
  9. Youthanasia
  10. I Thought I Knew It All
  11. Black Curtains
  12. Victory
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Marty Friedman
  • Dave Ellefson
  • Nick Menza
1994 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Hidden Treasures  COMPILATION
1995 Capitol
  1. No More Mr. Nice Guy
  2. Breakpoint
  3. Go To Hell
  4. Anqry Again
  5. 99 Ways To Die
  6. Paranoid
  7. Diadems
  8. Problems

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Cryptic Writings 
1997 Capitol
  1. Trust
  2. Almost Honest
  3. Use the Man
  4. Mastermind
  5. The Disintegrators
  6. I'll Get Even
  7. Sin
  8. A Secret Place
  9. Have Cool, Will Travel
  10. She-Wolf
  11. Vortex
  12. FFF
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Marty Friedman
  • Dave Ellefson
  • Nick Menza
1997 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Metal Observer 



Risk 
1999 Capitol
  1. Insomnia
  2. Prince Of Darkness
  3. Enter The Arena
  4. Crush 'Em
  5. Breadline
  6. The Doctor Is Calling
  7. I'll Be There
  8. Wanderlust
  9. Ecstasy
  10. Seven
  11. Time: The Beginning
  12. Time: The End
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Marty Friedman
  • Dave Ellefson
  • Jimmy DeGrasso
1999 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Capitol Punishment  COMPILATION
2000 Capitol
  1. Kill the King
  2. Dread and the Fugitive Mind
  3. Crush 'Em
  4. Use the Man
  5. Almost Honest
  6. Trust
  7. A Tout le Monde
  8. Train of Consequences
  9. Sweating Bullets
  10. Symphony of Destruction
  11. Hangar 18
  12. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
  13. In My Darkest Hour
  14. In My Darkest Hour
  15. Peace Sells

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



The World Needs A Hero 
2001 Sanctuary
  1. Disconnect
  2. The World Needs a Hero
  3. Moto Psycho
  4. 1000 Times Goodbye
  5. Burning Bridges
  6. Promises
  7. Recipe for Hate...Warhorse
  8. Losing My Senses
  9. Dread and the Fugitive Mind
  10. Silent Scorn
  11. Return to Hangar
  12. When
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Al Pitrelli
  • Dave Ellefson
  • Jimmy DeGrasso
2001 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Behind The Music (Extended Version) 
2001 Steamhammer/SPV




Rude Awakening  LIVE
2002 Sanctuary
  1. Dread And The Fugitive Mind
  2. Kill The King
  3. Wake Up Dead
  4. In My Darkest Hour
  5. Angry Again
  6. She-Wolf
  7. Reckoning Day
  8. Devil's Island
  9. Train Of Consequences
  10. A Tout Le Monde
  11. Burning Bridges
  12. Hangar 18
  13. Return To Hangar
  14. Hook In Mouth
  15. Almost Honest
  16. 1000 Times Goodbye
  17. Mechanix
  18. Tornado Of Souls
  19. Ashes In Your Mouth
  20. Sweating Bullets
  21. Trust
  22. Symphony Of Destruction
  23. Peace Sells
  24. Holy Wars
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Al Pitrelli
  • Dave Ellefson
  • Jimmy DeGrasso




Rude Awakening 
2002 Sanctuary

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Still Alive ... And Well? 
2002 Sanctuary
  1. Time/Use the Man
  2. Conjuring
  3. In My Darkest Hour
  4. Sweating Bullets
  5. Symphony of Destruction
  6. Holy Wars
  7. Moto Psycho
  8. Dread and the Fugitive Mind
  9. Promises
  10. The World Needs a Hero
  11. Burning Bridges
  12. Return to Hangar
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Al Pitrelli
  • Dave Ellefson
  • Jimmy DeGrasso




The System Has Failed 
2004 Sanctuary
  1. Blackmail The Universe
  2. Die Dead Enough
  3. Kick The Chair
  4. The Scorpion
  5. Tears In A Vial
  6. I Know Jack
  7. Back In The Day
  8. Something I'm Not
  9. Truth Be Told
  10. Of Mice And Men
  11. Shadow Of Deth
  12. My Kingdom Come
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Chris Poland
  • Jimmy Sloas
  • Vinnie Colaiuta
2004 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Video Hits 
2005 Capitol




Greatest Hits - Back To The Start  COMPILATION
2005 Capitol
  1. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
  2. In My Darkest Hour
  3. Peace Sells
  4. Sweating Bullets
  5. Angry Again
  6. A Tout Le Monde
  7. Trust
  8. Kill The King
  9. Symphony Of Destruction
  10. Mechanix (2002 Remix)
  11. Train Of Consequences
  12. Wake Up Dead
  13. Hangar 18
  14. Dread And The Fugitive Mind
  15. Skin O' My Teeth
  16. She-Wolf
  17. Prince Of Darkness




Arsenal Of Megadeth 
2006 Capitol




United Abominations 
2007 Roadrunner
  1. Sleepwalker
  2. Washington Is Next!
  3. Never Walk Alone... A Call To Arms
  4. United Abominations
  5. Gears of War
  6. Blessed Are the Dead
  7. Play for Blood
  8. Tout le Monde (Set Me Free)
  9. Amerikhastan
  10. You're Dead
  11. Burnt Ice [view lyrics
  12. Out on the Tiles (Japanese bonus track)
  13. Black Swan (special edition bonus track)
  14. The Bodies Left Behind (special edition bonus track)
  15. Special Live Track (special edition bonus track)
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Glen Drover
  • James Lomenzo
  • Shawn Drover
2007 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires  LIVE
2007 Roadrunner
  1. Jet Intro
  2. Blackmail The Universe
  3. Set The World Afire
  4. Skin Of My Teeth
  5. Wake Up Dead
  6. In My Darkest Hour
  7. Die Dead Enough
  8. She Wolf
  9. Reckoning Day
  10. A Toute Le Monde
  11. Angry Again
  12. Hangar 18
  13. Return To Hangar
  14. I'll Be There
  15. Tornado Of Souls
  16. Trust
  17. Something That I'm Not
  18. Kick The Chair
  19. Coming Home To Argentina
  20. Symphony Of Destruction
  21. Peace Sells
  22. Holy Wars
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Glen Drover
  • James MacDonough
  • Shawn Drover




Set The World Afire  COMPILATION
2008 Capitol
  1. Mechanix
  2. Rattlehead
  3. Peace Sells
  4. Wake Up Dead
  5. Devils Island
  6. Anarchy in the U.K.
  7. Set the World Afire
  8. Into the Lungs of Hell
  9. In My Darkest Hour
  10. Holy Wars ... The Punishment Due
  11. Tornado of Souls
  12. Hangar 18
  13. Take No Prisoners
  14. Go To Hell
  15. Sweating Bullets
  16. Crown of Worms
  17. High Speed Dirt (Demo)
  18. Skin O' My Teeth
  19. Ashes In Your Mouth
  20. Breakpoint
  21. Angry Again
  22. Train of Consequences
  23. Reckoning Day
  24. A Tout Le Monde
  25. The Killing Road
  26. New World Order
  27. Trust
  28. She-Wolf
  29. Insomnia
  30. Prince of Darkness
  31. Kill the King
  32. Dread and the Fugitive Mind
  33. Foreclosure of a Dream
  34. Symphony of Destruction (Live)
  35. Peace Sells (Live)




That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires 
2007 Roadrunner




Deep Cuts 
2009
  1. Symphony Of Destruction(The Gristle Mix)
  2. Insomnia (Rhys Fulber mix)
  3. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due (The General Schwartzkopf Mix)
  4. Almost Honest (Enviromental Science Mix)




Endgame 
2009 Roadrunner
  1. Dialectic Chaos
  2. This Day We Fight!
  3. 44 Minutes
  4. 1,320
  5. Bite The Hand That Feeds
  6. Bodies Left Behind
  7. Endgame
  8. The Hardest Part Of Letting Go... Sealed With A Kiss
  9. Headcrusher
  10. How The Story Ends
  11. The Right To Go Insane
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Chris Broderick
  • James Lomenzo
  • Shawn Drover
2009 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Underground  Metal Observer  Angry Metal Guy 



Rust In Peace Live  LIVE
2010
  1. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
  2. Hangar 18
  3. Take No Prisoners
  4. Five Magics
  5. Poison Was The Cure
  6. Lucretia
  7. Tornado Of Souls
  8. Dawn Patrol
  9. Rust In Peace...Polaris
  10. Holy Wars - Reprise
  11. Skin O' My Teeth
  12. In My Darkest Hour
  13. She-Wolf
  14. Trust
  15. Symphony Of Destruction
  16. Peace Sells
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Chris Broderick
  • Dave Ellefson
  • Shawn Drover




Thirt3en 
2011 Roadrunner
  1. Sudden Death
  2. Public Enemy No. 1
  3. Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)
  4. We The People
  5. Guns, Drugs & Money
  6. Never Dead
  7. New World Order
  8. Fast Lane
  9. Black Swan
  10. Wrecker
  11. Millennium Of The Blind
  12. Deadly Nightshade
  13. 13
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Chris Broderick
  • Dave Ellefson
  • Shawn Drover
2011 Internet Top Ten album




Super Collider 
2013 Tradecraft
  1. Kingmaker
  2. Super Collider
  3. Burn!
  4. Built for War
  5. Off the Edge
  6. Dance in the Rain
  7. The Beginning of Sorrow
  8. The Blackest Crow
  9. Forget to Remember
  10. Don't Turn Your Back...
  11. Cold Sweat
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Chris Broderick
  • Dave Ellefson
  • Shawn Drover




Countdown To Extinction Live  LIVE
2013 Capitol
  1. Intro
  2. Architecture Of Aggression
  3. Ashes In Your Mouth
  4. Captive Honour
  5. Countdown To Extinction
  6. Foreclosure Of A Dream
  7. Hangar 18
  8. High Speed Dirt
  9. Holy Wars
  10. Peace Sells
  11. Psychotron
  12. Public Enemy
  13. She Wolf
  14. Skin O' My Teeth
  15. Sweating Bullets
  16. Symphony Of Destruction
  17. This Was My Life
  18. Trust
  19. Outro




Icon  COMPILATION
2014 Capitol
  1. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
  2. Symphony of Destruction
  3. Wake Up Dead
  4. Trust
  5. Hangar 18
  6. Sweating Bullets
  7. A Tout Le Monde
  8. Skin o' My Teeth
  9. In My Darkest Hour
  10. Kill the King
  11. Peace Sells


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