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Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from his previous band Metallica. In 1985, the group released its debut album through Combat Records, an independent record label. The album's moderate commercial success caught the attention of bigger record labels, and they soon signed to Capitol Records. Their first major label album, Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?, which is considered highly influential in the underground metal scene, was released in October 1986. Despite this album being prominent to thrash metal, the frequent disputes between the band members and the issues with drug abuse earned the band a negative publicity during this period.

After stabilizing their lineup, Megadeth released a number of platinum-selling albums, including Countdown to Extinction, certified double platinum. This album, along with touring worldwide, would aid in bringing Megadeth to public recognition. In 2002, Megadeth was temporarily disbanded because of Mustaine's arm injury, but the band re-established in 2004, performing without bassist David Ellefson because he had taken legal action against Mustaine. Ellefson would rejoin the group in 2010, and has been featured on all recordings since. In the summer of 2005, Megadeth launched its own music festival, Gigantour, which has been hosted several times over the years.

Megadeth is known for its distinctive, technical instrumental style that often features fast rhythm sections and complex arrangements; their songs convey gloomy lyrical themes including death, war, politics, and religion. The group has experienced some controversy because of its musical approach and lyricism, including cancelled concerts and album bans. MTV has refused to play two of the band's videos because the network considered them as condoning suicide.

A pioneer of the American thrash metal movement, the band is credited as one of the genre's "big four" along with Anthrax, Metallica and Slayer, who were responsible for thrash metal's creation, development and popularization. Since its inception, Megadeth has released fourteen studio albums, with six of them being certified platinum in the United States. To date, Megadeth has sold 50 million records worldwide and received eleven Grammy nominations, and ranks as one of the most successful American heavy metal bands.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1985 Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good! Megadeth 3.25 12
1986 Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? Megadeth 4.25 10
1988 So Far, So Good… So What! Megadeth 3 10
1990 Rust in Peace Megadeth 4.25 8
1992 Countdown to Extinction Megadeth 4.45 10
1994 Youthanasia Megadeth 3.75 10
1997 Cryptic Writings Megadeth 4 9
1999 Risk Megadeth 3.5 7
2001 The World Needs a Hero Megadeth 2 6
2004 The System Has Failed Megadeth 3 3
2007 United Abominations Megadeth 4 4
2009 Endgame Megadeth 3.35 6
2011 Th1rt3en Megadeth 3 4
2013 Super Collider Megadeth 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1995 Megabox: Single Collection Compilation Megadeth 1
2000 Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years Compilation Megadeth 2
2002 Still, Alive... and Well? Compilation Megadeth 1
2005 Greatest Hits: Back to the Start Compilation Megadeth 3 5
2007 Warchest Compilation Megadeth 2
2007 Extended Versions Compilation Megadeth 1
2008 Anthology: Set the World Afire Compilation Megadeth 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1997 Live Trax Live Megadeth 1
1998 Live Trax II Live Megadeth 1
2002 Rude Awakening Live Megadeth 2 5
2007 That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires Live Megadeth 2
2010 Rust in Peace: Live Live Megadeth 2
2010 The Big 4: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria Live Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax 2
2013 Countdown to Extinction: Live Live Megadeth 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1986 Wake Up Dead Megadeth 1
1988 Anarchy in the U.K. Megadeth 1
1990 Holy Wars… The Punishment Due Megadeth 2
1991 Hangar 18 Megadeth 3
1992 Foreclosure of a Dream Megadeth 2
1992 Sweating Bullets Megadeth 5
1992 Symphony of Destruction Megadeth 2
1993 Skin O'My Teeth Megadeth 1
1994 Train of Consequences Megadeth 3
1995 À tout le monde Megadeth 2
1997 Trust Megadeth 1
2004 Die Dead Enough Megadeth 1
2004 Of Mice and Men Megadeth 1
2005 The Scorpion Megadeth 1
2010 The Right to Go Insane Megadeth 1
2011 Public Enemy No. 1 Megadeth 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1984 Last Rites Megadeth 1
1995 Hidden Treasures Megadeth 4 6
1998 Cryptic Sounds: No Voices in Your Head Megadeth 1
2000 Breadline EP Megadeth 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1996 The Rockview Interviews Interview Megadeth 1

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