Megadeth

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Thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California, USA.

The band was formed by guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine and bass guitarist David Ellefson in the year 1983. Despite many 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 release Rust In Peace, a trend which continued until 1998 with the departure of drummer Nick Menza. During that period, the band released four studio albums, including Countdown To Extinction, which is Megadeth's most commercially successful album.

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 in 2004. The band has since released five studio albums, but continued to have several line-up changes through 2000s and 2010s, with Mustaine remaining the only constant member. Co-founder Ellefson, who took legal actions against the band during the disbandment, rejoined in 2010 but was fired from the band in 2021.

Current line-up:
Dave Mustaine - guitars, vocals (1983–2002, 2004–present)
Kiko Loureiro - guitars (2015–present)
Dirk Verbeuren - drums (2016–present)
James LoMenzo - bass (2006–2010, 2022–present; touring member 2021–2022)
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MFN 46 Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! — Megadeth Megadeth Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! (Album) Combat MFN 46 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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ST-12526 Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? — Megadeth Megadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? (Album, Comp) Capitol Records ST-12526 US 1986 Sell This Version
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C1-48148 So Far, So Good... So What! — Megadeth Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What! (Album) Capitol Records C1-48148 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
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58550 Rust In Peace — Megadeth Megadeth Rust In Peace (Album, Comp) Capitol Records, EMI 58550 Argentina 1990 Sell This Version
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CDP 0777- 79853120, 0777-79853120, CDESTU 2175, CDP 7 98531 2 Countdown To Extinction — Megadeth Megadeth Countdown To Extinction (Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records, Capitol Records, Capitol Records CDP 0777- 79853120, 0777-79853120, CDESTU 2175, CDP 7 98531 2 Israel 1992 Sell This Version
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7243 8 29004 2 9 Youthanasia — Megadeth Megadeth Youthanasia (Album, Comp) Capitol Records 7243 8 29004 2 9 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
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CDIN100 Interview CD — Megadeth Megadeth Interview CD(CD, Promo) Capitol Records CDIN100 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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C4 7243 8 38262 4 7 Cryptic Writings — Megadeth Megadeth Cryptic Writings (Album) Capitol Records C4 7243 8 38262 4 7 US 1997 Sell This Version
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SR 410196 Risk — Megadeth Megadeth Risk (Album) Capitol Records SR 410196 India 1999 Sell This Version
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00041 Risk - World Premiere Broadcast - For Broadcast August 25-29, 1999 — Megadeth Megadeth Hosted By Matt Pinfield Megadeth Hosted By Matt Pinfield - Risk - World Premiere Broadcast - For Broadcast August 25-29, 1999(CD, Promo, Transcription) Capitol Records 00041 US 1999 Sell This Version
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2191-2 The World Needs A Hero — Megadeth Megadeth The World Needs A Hero (Album) Sanctuary Records, Sanctuary Records 2191-2 Argentina 2001 Sell This Version
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none Rude Awakening — Megadeth Megadeth Rude Awakening (Album) Sanctuary Records none US 2001 Sell This Version
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SANCD297 The System Has Failed — Megadeth Megadeth The System Has Failed (Album) Sanctuary Records SANCD297 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
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AWS002 Unplugged In Boston — Megadeth Megadeth Unplugged In Boston (Album) Not On Label (Megadeth Self-released) AWS002 US 2006 Sell This Version
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IEJRR-5052 That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires — Megadeth Megadeth That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires (Album) Image Entertainment IEJRR-5052 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
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1686180292 United Abominations — Megadeth Megadeth United Abominations (Album) Roadrunner Records 1686180292 Canada 2007 Sell This Version
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none Endgame — Megadeth Megadeth Endgame (Album) Roadrunner Records none UK 2009 Sell This Version
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2747413 Rust In Peace Live — Megadeth Megadeth Rust In Peace Live (Album) Shout! Factory, Shout! Factory, Shout! Factory 2747413 Australia 2010 Sell This Version
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1686177002 Th1rt3en — Megadeth Megadeth Th1rt3en (Album) Roadrunner Records, Roadrunner Records, Roadrunner Records 1686177002 Brazil 2011 Sell This Version
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50999 0293452 Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? — Megadeth Megadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, S/Edition, 25t) Capitol Records, EMI 50999 0293452 Argentina 2011 Sell This Version
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none Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? — Megadeth Megadeth Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?(CDr, Advance, Album, Promo, RM, 25t) EMI, Capitol Records none US 2011 Sell This Version
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60253753340 Countdown To Extinction Live — Megadeth Megadeth Countdown To Extinction Live (Album) Tradecraft, UMe, Universal Music Group International 60253753340 Brazil 2013 Sell This Version
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3727372 Super Collider — Megadeth Megadeth Super Collider (Album, Single) Tradecraft, UMe, T-Boy Records 3727372 Argentina 2013 Sell This Version
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4760415 Dystopia — Megadeth Megadeth Dystopia (Album) T-Boy Records, Tradecraft, UMe 4760415 South East Asia 2016 Sell This Version
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CLO3174DVD   night in Buenos aires — Megadeth Megadeth night in Buenos aires(DVD-A) Cleopatra CLO3174DVD Europe 2022 Sell This Version

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bunchofpaper

bunchofpaper

August 1, 2021
edited about 1 year ago
Proper vinyl reissues for Youthanasia and Countdown To Extinction. The originals are not affordable and I'm not a big fan of picture discs, which are apparently expensive as well (*sigh*). Please.
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bearlove30

bearlove30

December 7, 2020
Can we get some color variants of Rust in Peace and Countdown to Extiction that aren't $300-$500?
throughandthrough22

throughandthrough22

November 8, 2020
I just want Youthanasia on vinyl and not a picture disc
optimusprimerib

optimusprimerib

April 27, 2019
Where do I list my Rust in Peace RIAA award (presented to Joe Smith)? :)
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speed808

speed808

July 3, 2018
Can we please have a "for the first time on vinyl in the USA series"? There's a whole lot we've missed and forgive me if I don't count picture discs.
Del-70

Del-70

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

satanselbow

April 14, 2009
edited over 11 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.
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fabriknos

fabriknos

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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