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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.


Megadeth Reveal Release Date, Artwork + Track Listing for 15th Album ‘Dystopia’

Details for Megadeth's highly anticipated 15th studio album have finally been revealed!

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Megadeth Unleash New Song ‘Fatal Illusion’

Check out the blistering new Megadeth tune, 'Fatal Illusion' right now!

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Nick Menza on Megadeth Reunion Fail: ‘They Just Didn’t Wanna Show Me Any Love At All’

Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza and current bassist David Ellefson discuss the failed attempt at reuniting the 'Rust in Peace' lineup.

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Update: Megadeth Launch Countdown Clock at Their Website, Tease New Music

What are Megadeth up to? A new countdown clock appears at their website.

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25 Years Ago: Megadeth Release the Tech-Thrash Groundbreaker ‘Rust in Peace’

On Sept. 24, 1990, Megadeth issued their 'Rust in Peace' album.

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29 Years Ago: Megadeth Bring the Thrash With ‘Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying’

On Sept. 19, 1986, Megadeth followed-up their debut album with the exceptional, catchy and powerful riff-fest 'Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?'

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Kids That Rock: Megadeth’s Vic Rattlehead

What do kids make of Megadeth's mascot Vic Rattlehead? Find out in this 'Kids That Rock' feature.

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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 David Ellefson Jams With School of Rock Fairfax Band In Los Angeles

Watch as Megadeth's David Ellefson sits in with kids from the School of Rock Fairfax chapter on some Megadeth classics.

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

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine is ready to get behind the wheel to drive the pace car at the Cheez-It 355 race this weekend.

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