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.
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Megadeth Discography


MFN 46 Megadeth Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! (Album) Combat MFN 46 UK 1985 Sell This Version
4XT-12526 Megadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? (Album, Comp) Capitol Records 4XT-12526 US 1986 Sell This Version
CDP 7 48148-2 Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What! (Album, Comp) Capitol Records, Combat CDP 7 48148-2 US 1988 Sell This Version
068 79 1935 1 Megadeth Rust In Peace (Album) Capitol Records, Combat 068 79 1935 1 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
798 5311, ESTU 2175 Megadeth Countdown To Extinction (Album) Capitol Records 798 5311, ESTU 2175 UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version
D 106272 Megadeth Youthanasia (Album) Capitol Records D 106272 US 1994 Sell This Version
CDIN100 Megadeth Interview CD(CD, Promo) EMI, Capitol Records CDIN100 UK 1994 Sell This Version
C4724383826247 Megadeth Cryptic Writings (Album) Capitol Records C4724383826247 Malaysia 1997 Sell This Version
7243 5 22336 0 1 Megadeth Risk (Album) Capitol Records 7243 5 22336 0 1 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
MYST 268 Megadeth The World Needs A Hero (Album) Metal-is Records, Metal-is Records, Sanctuary Records MYST 268 Poland 2001 Sell This Version
50384 56901942 Megadeth Rude Awakening (Album) Sanctuary Records 50384 56901942 Thailand 2002 Sell This Version
none Megadeth The System Has Failed (Album) Sanctuary Records none Europe 2004 Sell This Version
AWS002 Megadeth Unplugged In Boston(CD, Club) Not On Label (Megadeth Self-released) AWS002 US 2006 Sell This Version
1686180292 Megadeth United Abominations (Album) Roadrunner Records 1686180292 Canada 2007 Sell This Version
ID3082LT Megadeth That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires (Album) Image Entertainment ID3082LT US 2007 Sell This Version
WKPD-0069 Megadeth Endgame (Album) Roadrunner Records WKPD-0069 South Korea 2009 Sell This Version
2747413 Megadeth Rust In Peace Live (Album) Shout! Factory, Shout! Factory, Shout! Factory 2747413 Australia 2010 Sell This Version
1686177002 Megadeth Th1rt3en (Album) Roadrunner Records 1686177002 Brazil 2011 Sell This Version
UICY-15258 Megadeth Countdown To Extinction Live (Album) Tradecraft, Universal Music Enterprises UICY-15258 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
0602537273720 Megadeth Super Collider (Album) Tradecraft, T-Boy Records, UMe 0602537273720 Poland 2013 Sell This Version
B0024116-02 Megadeth Dystopia (Album) Tradecraft, T-Boy Records, UMe B0024116-02 US 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
SPRO 79018 Megadeth Wake Up Dead (Single) Capitol Records SPRO 79018 US 1986 Sell This Version
TCDETH 3, TC-DETH 3 Megadeth Mary Jane (Single) Capitol Records TCDETH 3, TC-DETH 3 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CL 480 Megadeth Anarchy In The U.K. (Single, EP, Maxi) Capitol Records CL 480 UK 1988 Sell This Version

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March 27, 2016
It is unacceptable to fill the official discography with releases like " Megadeth ‎– Interview CD". this makes discography unreal. By the way "Dystopia" is maybe the best album after "Rust in peace".


February 6, 2014
edited 21 days ago
I bought the Big 4 in blu-ray just for Megadeth. I will never listen to the other bands on it.


April 14, 2009
edited over 5 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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