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Megadeth are one of heavy metal’s most successful and prolific groups, with frequently released new albums and constant touring worldwide; yet they will always be most closely associated with the ‘80s thrash metal movement, which they helped pioneer as one of the so-called Big Four, alongside Slayer, Anthrax and eternal nemesis, Metallica. It was, in fact, after his 1983 dismissal from Metallica that guitarist and vocalist Dave Mustaine launched Megadeth, with the help of bassist David Ellefson and, later, guitarist Chris Poland and drummer Gar Samuel, both of whom exited following 1986’s water-shed second album, ‘Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?’ Personnel flux and substance abuse continued to afflict Megadeth until the early 1990s, when new members Marty Friedman (guitar) and Nick Menza (drums), helped Mustaine and Ellefson enjoy a dec-ade of creative and commercial prosperity, off the back of acclaimed albums like ‘Rust in Peace’ and ‘Countdown to Extinction.’ A change of direction and musicians, followed by a serious arm injury sustained by Mustaine temporarily stalled Megadeth’s career, but as of 2004, the tenacious guitarist has been driving Megadeth and its ever-revolving cast of backing musicians onward with his usual tenacity and talent, now widely recog-nized as one of heavy metal’s all-time most inventive guitarists.

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Slipknot Bringing Knotfest to Mexico With Megadeth, Lamb of God + More

Knotfest will make its Mexican debut in December with Slipknot joined by Megadeth, Lamb of God and more.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine to Drive Pace Car at 2015 Sprint Cup Cheez-It 355

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Megadeth, In Flames + Dream Theater Join ‘Guitar Hero Live’ Playlist

The 'Guitar Hero Live' video game just got an influx of rocking new songs.

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Megadeth Reveal Track Listing for 15th Studio Album

There's no title as of yet, but Megadeth have unveiled the track listing for their next studio album.

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18 Greatest Animated Metal Album Covers

Your favorite metal album covers have come to life!

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Watch Megadeth Perform Live With New Lineup for the First Time

Megadeth's new lineup with Kiko Loureiro and Chris Adler played live for the first time at the Festival d'ete in Quebec. Watch footage here.

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Chris Adler to Pull Double Duty on Megadeth + Lamb of God 2015 U.K. Tour

Drummer Chris Adler will be getting a workout as he'll play with both Megadeth and Lamb of God during their joint U.K. tour in November.

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