Formed: 1983 in Los Angeles, California. Disbanded: 2002. Reformed: 2004.

American Thrash Metal band formed by guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine and bass guitarist David Ellefson following the formers ejection from Metallica.

Despite countless line-up changes, Megadeth is partly responsible for the popularization of Thrash Metal in the late 1980s. The band was also notorious for its substance abuse, a contributing factor to their continuous revolving door of band members. The group nonetheless found sobriety and a stable line up with 1990's Rust In Peace, a trend which continued until 1998 with the departure of drummer Nick Menza.

Dave Mustaine disbanded Megadeth in 2002 due to a nerve injury he had suffered on his left arm. Following a year of physical therapy Mustaine began work on what was to be his first solo album, however contractual obligations forced The System Has Failed to be released under the Megadeth name, following which, Mustaine decided to reform the band.


Megadeth Discography Tracks


Megadeth Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! (Album) Combat UK 1985 Sell This Version
Megadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? (Album) Capitol Records Canada 1986 Sell This Version
Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What! (Album) Capitol Records, Combat US 1988 Sell This Version
Megadeth Rust In Peace (Album, Comp) Capitol Records, Capitol Records, Combat, Combat Argentina 1990 Sell This Version
Megadeth Countdown To Extinction (Album, Comp) Capitol Records, Combat UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version
Megadeth Youthanasia (Album, Comp) Capitol Records US 1994 Sell This Version
CDIN100 Megadeth Interview CD(CD, Promo) EMI, Capitol Records CDIN100 UK 1994 Sell This Version
Megadeth Cryptic Writings (Album) Capitol Records UK 1997 Sell This Version
Megadeth Risk (Album) Capitol Records US 1999 Sell This Version
none Megadeth Master Mixes(CD, TP) Capitol Records none US 1999 Sell This Version
Megadeth The World Needs A Hero (Album) Metal-is Records, Metal-is Records, Sanctuary Records Poland 2001 Sell This Version
Megadeth Rude Awakening (Album, Comp) Sanctuary Records US 2001 Sell This Version
Megadeth The System Has Failed (Album) Sanctuary Records UK & Europe 2004 Sell This Version
AWS002 Megadeth Unplugged In Boston(CD, Club) Not On Label (Megadeth Self-released) AWS002 US 2006 Sell This Version
Megadeth That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires (Album) Image Entertainment Europe 2007 Sell This Version
Megadeth United Abominations (Album) Roadrunner Records Canada 2007 Sell This Version
Megadeth Endgame (Album) Roadrunner Records UK 2009 Sell This Version
Megadeth Rust In Peace Live (Album) Shout! Factory, Shout! Factory, Shout! Factory Australia 2010 Sell This Version
Megadeth Th1rt3en (Album) Roadrunner Records Brazil 2011 Sell This Version
Megadeth Countdown To Extinction Live (Album) Tradecraft, UMe, Universal Music Group International Brazil 2013 Sell This Version
Megadeth Super Collider (Album, Single) Tradecraft, UMe, T-Boy Records Europe 2013 Sell This Version
Megadeth Dystopia (Album) Tradecraft, T-Boy Records, UMe Mexico 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SPRO-9927 Megadeth Peace Sells (Radio Ready Rock Remix)(12", Promo) Capitol Records SPRO-9927 US 1986 Sell This Version
Megadeth Wake Up Dead (Single) Capitol Records US 1986 Sell This Version
Megadeth Mary Jane (Single) Capitol Records UK 1988 Sell This Version

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March 1, 2017
Why are there no listings for the 1988 pressings of So Far..So Good..So What?


April 14, 2009
edited over 6 years ago
As one of the big 4 in the early/mid 80s thrash scene - the others being Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax. Megadeth set the standard in terms of pure speed and technical ability.

The 1st 3 albums: Killing Is My Business, Peace Sells and So Far, So Good are flawless slices of speed metal perfection - but avoid the 2004 remasters like the plague as they smooth off the edges just a tad too far and distract from the raw energy and aggression of the original releases.

If Mustaine had stayed with Metallica would they have had a highly suspect commercial 90s? I think not ;) In many ways Megadeth are the band Metallica should have been - look no further than Kill 'Em All for all the proof you need.


March 10, 2008
Although nowhere close to the sound they started with, Megadeth will always remain one of the most instrumental bands in the metal genre and enough praise cannot be given to the early 90s lineup of Mustaine, Ellefson, Friedman and Menza. No other ensemble of musicians was able to capture the skill and intensity of these four in terms of "technical metal." While my personal favorite will always be Rust in Peace, one of the crowning achievements in metal, anything up to Youthanasia can be put on a pedestal as an example for others to try to match. My memory of Megadeth will never be tarnished by the commercial stuff after the mid 90s, you can't take away the genius from before!

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