Megadeth

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Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. A pioneer of the American thrash metal scene, the band is credited as one of the genre's "big four" with Anthrax, Metallica and Slayer, responsible for thrash metal's development and popularization. Megadeth plays in a technical style, featuring fast rhythm sections and complex arrangements; themes of death, war, politics and religion are prominent in the group's lyrics.

In 1985, the band released its debut album on the independent label Combat Records. The album's moderate commercial success caught the attention of bigger labels, which led to Megadeth signing with Capitol Records. The band's first major-label album, Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?, was released in 1986 and greatly influenced the underground metal scene. Despite the album's prominence in thrash metal, frequent disputes between its members and substance abuse issues brought Megadeth negative publicity during this period.

After the lineup stabilized, the band released a number of platinum-selling albums, including Rust in Peace (1990) and Countdown to Extinction (1992). These albums, along with touring worldwide, helped bring public recognition to Megadeth. The band temporarily disbanded in 2002 when Mustaine suffered an arm injury and re-established in 2004 without bassist Ellefson, who had taken legal action against Mustaine. Ellefson settled with Mustaine out of court and rejoined the group in 2010. Megadeth has hosted its own music festival, Gigantour, several times since mid-2005.

As of 2014, Megadeth has sold 50 million records worldwide, earned platinum certification in the United States for six of its fourteen studio albums, and received eleven Grammy nominations. The band's mascot, Vic Rattlehead, regularly appears on album artwork and, since 2010, in live shows. The group has experienced controversy over its musical approach and lyrics, including canceled concerts and album bans. MTV has refused to play two of the band's videos that the network considered to condone suicide.

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good! Megadeth 3.2 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 11
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 3.5 6
2011 Th1rt3en Megadeth 3 4
2013 Super Collider Megadeth 6

Album + Compilation

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

Album + Live

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

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Wake Up Dead Megadeth 1
1988 Anarchy in the U.K. Megadeth 2
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 3
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
2009 Head Crusher Megadeth 3
2010 The Right to Go Insane Megadeth 2
2010 Sudden Death Megadeth 1
2011 Public Enemy No. 1 Megadeth 2
2013 Super Collider Megadeth 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Last Rites Megadeth 1
1995 Hidden Treasures Megadeth 4 6
1998 Cryptic Sounds: No Voices in Your Head Megadeth 1

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