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Megadeth

After he left Metallica in 1983, guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine formed the thrash metal quartet Megadeth. Though Megadeth followed the basic blueprint of Metallica's relentless attack, Mustaine's group distinguished themselves from his earlier band by lessening the progressive rock influences, adding an emphasis on instrumental skills, speeding up the tempo slightly, and making the instrumental attack harsher. By streamlining the classic thrash metal approach and making the music more threatening, as well as making the lyrics more nihilistic, Megadeth became one of the leading bands of the genre during the mid- and late '80s. Each album they released went at least gold, and they continually sold out arenas across America, in addition to developing a strong following overseas. By the early '90s, they had toned their music down slightly, yet that simply increased their following; all of their proper '90s albums debuted in the Top Ten.

Throughout Megadeth's many lineup changes, the two core members were bassist Dave Ellefson and guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine (born September 13, 1961), who was the band's official leader. Mustaine grew up in the suburbs of Southern California, where he was raised by his mother in a broken home; frequently, his mother left him to be raised by aunts and uncles, who never encouraged his musical inclinations and often belittled him for his fondness for heavy metal. In 1981, he formed Metallica with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. Mustaine spent two years with Metallica, developing a strong cult following in California's underground metal scene, before he was kicked out of the group in 1983, allegedly over his substance abuse. Immediately following his firing, he formed Megadeth with Ellefson, Slayer guitarist Kerry King, and drummer Lee Rauch. This lineup was extremely short-lived, and Mustaine and Ellefson soon recruited guitarist Chris Poland and drummer Gar Samuelson.

For the next few years, Megadeth toured and gained a following, signing with the independent label Combat in late 1984. The following year, the group released its debut, Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!, which received strong reviews, not only in metal-oriented publications, but also in mainstream music magazines. The album sold very well for an independent release, which attracted the attention of major record labels. By the end of the year, the group had signed with Capitol. Megadeth's first major-label album, Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?, was released in the fall of 1986. Like its predecessor, Peace Sells was greeted by strong reviews and sales; it eventually went platinum.

Although the band's fortunes were on the upswing, Mustaine was beginning to sink deeper into drug abuse, specifically heroin. Soon, his addictions began to affect his work. Many stories concerning his erratic behavior were circulating within the metal community, and they seemed to be proven correct when he fired both Poland and Samuelson before the recording of the band's third album; they were replaced by Jeff Young and Chuck Behler, respectively. The new lineup debuted on So Far, So Good...So What!, released early in 1988. So Far, So Good peaked at number 28 on the charts and also eventually went platinum (despite less enthusiastic reviews); it also featured a notorious cover of the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the UK" with incorrect lyrics.

In the years immediately following the release of So Far, So Good...So What!, Mustaine was impaired by his drug addictions. In early 1990, he was arrested for driving under the influence and entered a rehabilitation program. By the end of the year, he was not only sober, but he had reconvened the band, firing Young and Behler and replacing them with guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza. This lineup recorded Megadeth's fourth and most progressive album, Rust in Peace. The record peaked at number 23 on the American charts and went platinum. Metallica broke through to the mainstream in 1991, and sensing the possibility for similar success, Mustaine followed suit in stripping down Megadeth's sound, though it remained as technically perfectionist as Rust in Peace. The result, Countdown to Extinction, was released in 1992, entering the charts at number two; the record went double platinum and became the band's biggest hit, confirming that they had retained their audience in the wake of grunge.

Now one of the most popular metal bands in the world, Megadeth moved further toward the mainstream with Youthanasia in 1994, which entered the charts at number four and, like its predecessor, went platinum. The following year, the group released Hidden Treasures, a rarities collection that featured some of the soundtrack tunes that had helped expand the group's MTV audience in the early '90s. Released in 1997, Cryptic Writings found Megadeth fully embraced by album rock radio, which formerly would never have touched the band. Ex-Suicidal Tendencies drummer Jimmy DeGrasso signed on in 1998, in time for the following year's Risk. In 2000, following the release of the best-of Capitol Punishment, Marty Friedman followed Nick Menza out the door; he was replaced by former Savatage and Alice Cooper guitarist Al Pitrelli. After signing with the BMG subsidiary Sanctuary, Megadeth debuted their new lineup on 2001's The World Needs a Hero.

While on break from touring, Mustaine suffered a serious injury in January 2002 while staying in Texas. He was diagnosed with having radial neuropathy shortly thereafter, a condition that prevented him from playing guitar. The compressed radial nerves in his left arm and hand were strained, leaving Megadeth little recourse but to disband in April 2002, after almost 20 years in the music industry. During his time off, Mustaine prepared an elaborate reissue campaign, remastering each album and reissuing them all with bonus material. This campaign set the stage for a Megadeth revival, which came in 2004-2005 with a surprising comeback album, The System Has Failed, and some heavy touring. Capitol released a new best-of, simply titled Greatest Hits, just as Megadeth hit the summer concert circuit, headlining Mustaine's own Gigantour festival. In 2007, Megadeth released the politically charged United Abominations, followed by the similarly apocalyptic Endgame in 2009. Released in 2011, Th1rt3en was the first Megadeth album since 2001's The World Needs a Hero to feature the bass playing of founding member Dave Ellefson, and was produced by Johnny K (Staind, Disturbed). Containing some of the band's darkest and heaviest material in years, it combined new songs with older ones written years ago but never recorded. In 2012, the band embarked on a tour playing its fifth album, Countdown to Extinction, in its entirety. The tour resulted in the release of concert album Countdown to Extinction: Live, which arrived the following year. Super Collider, the group's 14th studio outing, was also released in 2013.

Just after its release, Mustaine and company pushed on, announcing on their website that Megadeth was already writing material for follow-up album.

The band encountered a number of difficulties over the next two years. First, Mustaine's mother-in-law, who had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease, went missing in October, 2014; her body was discovered on a campground at the end of November. Ellefson's brother passed away after a struggle with cancer, and the band went on a brief hiatus to support him.

After hearing rumors that Mustaine was considering a reunion of the Rust in Peace lineup, drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick left the band. It wasn't until April 2015 that Megadeth finally began recording in a Nashville studio with new guitarist Kiko Loureiro (Angra) and drummer Chris Adler on loan from Lamb of God. Co-produced by Mustaine and Toby Wright, and mixed by Josh Wilbur, it also contained orchestrations from celebrated Music City arranger Ronn Huff, father of producer Dann Huff. Mustaine leaked the art and track list for Dystopia in late July. In October, the pre-release single "Fatal Illusion" was issued, followed by the full-length in January of 2016. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Countdown To Extinction: Live

1. Trust (Live)

2. Hangar 18 (Live)

3. Public Enemy (Live)

4. Skin O' My Teeth (Live)

5. Symphony Of Destruction (Live)

6. Architecture Of Aggression (Live)

7. Foreclosure Of A Dream (Live)

8. Sweating Bullets (Live)

9. This Was My Life (Live)

10. Countdown To Extinction (Live)

11. High Speed Dirt (Live)

12. Psychotron (Live)

13. Captive Honour (Live)

14. Ashes In Your Mouth (Live)

15. She Wolf (Live)

16. Peace Sells (Live)

17. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due (Live)

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Track List: Super Collider

1. Kingmaker

2. Super Collider

3. Burn!

4. Built For War

5. Off The Edge

6. Dance In The Rain

7. The Beginning Of Sorrow

8. The Blackest Crow

9. Forget To Remember

10. Don't Turn Your Back...

11. Cold Sweat

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Track List: Th1rt3en

1. Sudden Death

2. Public Enemy No. 1

3. Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)

4. We The People

5. Guns, Drugs & Money

6. Never Dead

7. New World Order

8. Fast Lane

9. Black Swan

10. Wrecker

11. Millennium Of The Blind

12. Deadly Nightshade

13. 13

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Track List: Endgame

1. Dialectic Chaos

2. This Day We Fight!

3. 44 Minutes

4. 1,320'

5. Bite The Hand

6. Bodies

7. Endgame

8. The Hardest Part Of Letting Go... Sealed With A Kiss

9. Head Crusher

10. How The Story Ends

11. The Right To Go Insane

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Track List: Warchest (Box Set)

Disc 1

2. The Skull Beneath The Skin

3. Peace Sells

4. Wake Up Dead

5. Devil's Island

6. Set The World Afire

7. Into The Lungs Of Hell

8. Anarchy/Problems (Session Take)

9. Hook In Mouth

10. Liar

11. In My Darkest Hour

12. No More Mr Nice Guy

14. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due (Casey McMackin Demo)

15. Tornado Of Souls (Demo)

16. Five Magics (Demo)

17. Hangar 18

Disc 2

1. Keeping Score

2. Symphony Of Destruction

3. Go To Hell

4. Foreclosure Of A Dream

5. Architecture Of Aggression (Demo)

10. Breakpoint (Session Take)

11. Angry Again

12. Train Of Consequences

13. Reckoning Day

14. New World Order

15. The Killing Road

16. Strange Ways

17. Paranoid

18. Diadems

19. A Tout Le Monde

Disc 3

1. Trust

2. Almost Honest

3. Use The Man

4. She-Wolf

6. One Thing

7. Duke Nukem

8. Insomnia

9. Crush 'em

10. Kill The King

11. Dread And The Fugitive Mind

13. Moto Psycho

14. 1000 Times Goodbye

15. Coming Home

16. Kick The Chair

17. Of Mice And Men

Disc 4

1. Intro/Rattlehead

2. Wake Up Dead

3. Hangar 18

4. Hook In Mouth

5. The Skull Beneath The Skin

6. The Conjuring

7. In My Darkest Hour

8. Lucretia

9. Devil's Island

10. Take No Prisonners

11. Peace Sells

12. Black Friday

13. It's Electric

14. Anarchy In The Uk

15. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due

Disc 5
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Track List: Megadeth: Greatest Hits - Back To The Start

1. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due

2. In My Darkest Hour

3. Peace Sells

4. Sweating Bullets

5. Angry Again

6. A Tout Le Monde

7. Trust

8. Kill The King

9. Symphony of Destruction

10. Mechanix

11. Train of Consequences

12. Wake Up Dead

13. Hangar 18

14. Dread And The Fugitive Mind

15. Skin O' My Teeth

16. She-Wolf

17. Prince Of Darkness

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Track List: The World Needs A Hero

1. Disconnect

2. The World Needs A Hero

3. Moto Psycho

4. 1000 Times Goodbye

5. Burning Bridges

6. Promises

7. Recipe For Hate... Warhorse

8. Losing My Senses

9. Dread And The Fugitive

10. Silent Scorn

11. Return To Hangar

12. When

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Track List: Risk

1. Insomnia

2. Prince Of Darkness

3. Enter The Arena

4. Crush 'Em

5. Breadline

6. The Doctor Is Calling

7. I'll Be There

8. Wanderlust

9. Ecstasy

10. Seven

11. Time: The Beginning

12. Time: The End

13. Insomnia (Jeff Balding Mix)

14. Breadline (Jack Joseph Puig Mix)

15. Crush 'Em (Jock Mix)

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Track List: Cryptic Writings

1. Trust

2. Almost Honest

3. Use The Man

4. Mastermind

5. The Disintegrators

6. I'll Get Even

7. Sin

8. A Secret Place

9. Have Cool, Will Travel

10. She-Wolf

11. Vortex

12. FFF

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Track List: Youthanasia

1. Reckoning Day

2. Train Of Consequences

3. Addicted To Chaos

4. A Tout Le Monde

5. Elysian Fields

6. The Killing Road

7. Blood Of Heroes

8. Family Tree

9. Youthanasia

10. I Thought I Knew It All

11. Black Curtains

12. Victory

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Track List: Countdown To Extinction

1. Skin O' My Teeth

2. Symphony Of Destruction

3. Architecture Of Aggression

4. Foreclosure Of A Dream

5. Sweating Bullets

6. This Was My Life

7. Countdown To Extinction

8. High Speed Dirt

9. Psychotron

10. Captive Honour

11. Ashes In Your Mouth

x

Track List: Rust In Peace

1. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due

2. Hangar 18

3. Take No Prisoners

4. Five Magics

5. Poison Was The Cure

6. Lucretia

7. Tornado Of Souls

8. Dawn Patrol

x

Track List: So Far, So Good... So What! (Explicit)

1. Into The Lungs Of Hell

2. Set The World Afire

3. Anarchy In The U.K.

4. Mary Jane

5. 502

6. In My Darkest Hour

7. Liar

8. Hook In Mouth

9. Into The Lungs Of Hell (Paul Lani Mix)

10. Set The World Afire (Paul Lani Mix)

11. Mary Jane (Paul Lani Mix)

12. In My Darkest Hour (Paul Lani Mix)

x

Track List: Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?

1. Wake Up Dead

2. The Conjuring

3. Peace Sells

4. Devils Island

6. Bad Omen

7. I Ain't Superstitious

8. My Last Words

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Track List: Killing Is My Business

x

Track List: Fatal Illusion (Single)

3. Fatal Illusion

x

Track List: Sudden Death (Radio Single)

1. Sudden Death

x

Track List: The System Has Failed

1. Blackmail the Universe

2. Die Dead Enough

3. Kick the Chair

4. The Scorpion

5. Tears In a Vial

6. I Know Jack

7. Back In the Day

8. Something That I'm Not

9. Truth Be Told

10. Of Mice and Men

11. Shadow of Deth

12. My Kingdom

x

Track List: The Threat Is Real (Single)

1. The Threat Is Real

x

Track List: United Abominations

1. Sleepwalker

2. Washington Is Next!

3. Never Walk Alone...A Call To Arms

4. United Abominations

5. Gears Of War

6. Blessed Are The Dead

7. Play For Blood

8. A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)

9. Amerikhastan

10. You're Dead

11. Burnt Ice

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Dystopia has some really, really good song on it. Some are meh, kind of poor, but I'd say half the album is very good. I'm glad too because Super Collider was a let down IMO.
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