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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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Megadeth Albums Ranked

See how we've ranked Megadeth's albums from weakest to strongest.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Megadeth Reveal 360-Degree Video for ‘Poisonous Shadows’

Megadeth give fans an interactive experience with their 360-degree video for 'Poisonous Shadows.'

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Dave Mustaine: If Vivaldi Played a Dean Guitar, He’d Probably Be in Megadeth

Dave Mustaine offers up some surprising musicians who have influenced him over the years.

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Near-Riot at Megadeth Show in Ireland Inspires ‘Holy Wars’ – Epic Rock Tales

In this animation, Dave Mustaine describes how a hostile night in Northern Ireland led to the creation of Megadeth’s opus, 'Holy Wars… The Punishment Due.'

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Daniel Boczarski, Getty Images

Dave Mustaine Talks Dystopian U.S. Future, New Megadeth Lineup + Tentative Gigantour Plans

We recently caught up with Dave Mustaine before Megadeth's show in New York City, and we had the chance to speak with the metal legend on a number of topics.

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Dave Mustaine on Whether He’s the Godfather of Thrash Metal [Exclusive Video]

In his book, 'I'm the Man,' Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian wrote this about Dave Mustaine: "The guy is arguably the godfather of thrash metal." But what does Mustaine think?

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33 Years Ago: Dave Mustaine Fired From Metallica

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

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Loudwire

Dave Mustaine Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ (Part 2)

In this edition of our signature game, Dave Mustaine proves what’s true and false about what’s written about him on Wikipedia.

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Loudwire

Dave Mustaine Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ (Part 1)

Megadeth legend Dave Mustaine proves what’s true and false about what’s written about him on Wikipedia.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Megadeth Give Tips + Jam With Students at Berklee College of Music

Megadeth dropped by Berklee College of Music to check out the Megadeth Ensemble and even jammed with the students on a classic track.

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