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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.

Selected Discography: ‘Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?’ (1986), ‘Rust in Peace’ (1990), ‘Countdown to Extinction’ (1992), ‘United Abominations’ (2007) Related Artists: Dave Mustaine, Dave Ellefson, Marty Friedman Further Reading: 10 Best Megadeth Songs; You Think You Know Megadeth 

David Ellefson: Megadeth Plan to Start Recording New Album in May

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Chris Adler and Dave Mustaine were recently photographed grabbing some food together by none other than former My Chemical Romance drummer Bob Bryar.

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Megadeth’s David Ellefson Downplays Possibility of ‘Rust in Peace’ Lineup Reunion

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Nick Menza Hints That Lamb of God’s Chris Adler Is Playing on Megadeth’s Next Album

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Nick Menza suggests in a new video that Lamb of God's Chris Adler is playing on the next Megadeth disc and asks if he can play for Lamb of God.

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Metallica + Megadeth Combined in New Mashup ‘Fight Fire With Lungs of Hell’

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YouTube mashup-meister The Taskmaster has returned to the thrash metal well for another combination of Metallica and Megadeth.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Pens Heartfelt Tribute to Fan Who Died in Car Crash

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Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine has penned a tribute to Patrick Dubas, a longtime fan of the band who died in a car crash this week.

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Chris Broderick + Shawn Drover Name New Band Act of Defiance, Ink Deal With Metal Blade

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Former Megadeth members Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover have officially revealed that Act of Defiance will be their new band's name.

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Dave Mustaine: Being in a Band Is the ‘Closest You Can Get Without Having Sex With Each Other’

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine talks about the dynamics of keeping a band together and teases an upcoming announcement.

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