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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 

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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Megadeth’s David Ellefson Credits Van Halen, Styx + Judas Priest for Changing His Life

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David Ellefson is one of metal top bassists, and he credits Van Halen, Styx and Judas Priest for showing him the way.

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Megadeth’s David Ellefson: New Album ‘Pretty Much Written’ + New Music Will Determine Lineup

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Megadeth’s David Ellefson has revealed more about the group’s new disc and their thoughts on adding new members.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Inspired Luke Perry for New Movie ‘The Beat Beneath My Feet’

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Luke Perry explains that he channeled Dave Mustaine for his upcoming role as a veteran rocker who has to overcome injuries and emotional obstacles.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine: Bullies ‘Motivated Me to Play the Guitar’

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Megadeth great Dave Mustaine reveals that bullying led to him picking up the guitar as a youth.

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Dave Mustaine: Fans Don’t Want Chris Broderick + Shawn Drover in Megadeth

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine spoke with Full Metal Jackie about the band's lineup changes and what's currently inspiring him musically.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Reveals New Signature Dean Guitars at 2015 NAMM

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Mustaine's Zero Punk guitar will retail for $799, while the Stradivmnt will go for $1199 via DeanGuitars.com.

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Megadeth’s David Ellefson: New Album Is ‘Supposed to Come Out Later This Year’

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Megadeth's David Ellefson reveals in a new interview that their next album is "supposed to come out later this year."

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‘The Big Four’ 8-Bit Video Game Featuring Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax

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For this original clip, we teamed up with the Filthy Frackers to create an 8-bit game trailer for 'The Big Four.'

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