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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 

Drummer Nick Menza Opens Up More About Why He Didn’t Rejoin Megadeth

Nick Menza
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As previously reported, drummer Nick Menza is not a part of the new lineup for Megadeth’s next album and tour.

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32 Years Ago: Dave Mustaine Fired From Metallica

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The end of Dave Mustaine's stay in Metallica came on April 11, 1983, and it came without warning.

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Marty Friedman Says He Turned Down Megadeth Return; Band Offers New Album Pre-Order Deals

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In a new interview, former Megadeth shredder Marty Friedman claims he was asked to come back.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Talks About New Album: ’15 Songs Finished Being Written’

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine has offered more insight on the recording of the band's next album in a series of tweets.

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David Ellefson: ‘Faith’ Has Brought Megadeth Closer Together

David Ellefson
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Megadeth bassist David Ellefson says faith is a common ground he shares with frontman Dave Mustaine.

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Drummer Nick Menza Cites ‘Unfair Deal’ as Reason for Not Returning to Megadeth

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According to drummer Nick Menza, the reason he's not recording with Megadeth is because he was not offered a fair deal to return.

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New Megadeth Guitarist Kiko Loureiro Receives Well-Wishes From Angra Bandmates

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Megadeth.com

Angra's members have expressed their thrill over their guitarist Kiko Loureiro being invited to join Megadeth.

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Iron Maiden’s Eddie the Head vs. Megadeth’s Vic Rattlehead – March Metal Mascot Madness, Final Round

Iron Maiden vs. Megadeth
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After many weeks and 30 other mascots eliminated, we've arrived at a true battle of titans -- Eddie the Head vs. Vic Rattlehead.

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Marty Friedman on Onetime Megadeth Bandmates: ‘I Love Them Like Brothers’

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Marty Friedman was part of the band's iconic Rust in Peace album, and every time there's a guitarist vacancy in Megadeth, his name comes up.

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Megadeth Officially Announce Kiko Loureiro as Their New Guitarist

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Megadeth.com

Megadeth have confirmed the long-running rumor that Angra's Kiko Loureiro would be joining the band.

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