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Megadeth

Band
1983 June / Present
United States United States

Rating: 2.38

Band Megadeth

Overview

History

Megadeth is an American thrash metal band led by founder, frontman, guitarist, and songwriter Dave Mustaine. Formed in 1983 Los Angeles, California with bass player Dave Ellefson following Mustaine's departure from Metallica, the band has since released fourteen studio albums, three live albums, five compilation albums, two extended plays, thirty-four singles, eight video albums, and thirty-two music videos.
As a pioneer of the American thrash metal movement, Megadeth rose to international fame in the 1980s, but experienced numerous line-up changes, due partly to the band's notorious substance abuse problems. After finding sobriety and securing a stable line-up, Megadeth went on to release a string of platinum and gold albums, including the platinum-selling landmark Rust in Peace in 1990 and the Grammy nominated, multi-platinum Countdown to Extinction in 1992. Megadeth disbanded in 2002 after Mustaine suffered a severe nerve injury to his left arm, but following extensive physical therapy, Mustaine reformed the band in 2004 and released The System Has Failed, followed by United Abominations in 2007; the albums deputed on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #18 and #8, respectively.
Megadeth is known for a distinctive guitar style, often involving complex, intricate musical passages, and trade off guitar solos. Mustaine is also known for his original "snarling" vocal style, as well as his recurring lyrical themes, often involving politics, war, addiction, and personal relationships.

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Members

Jay Reynolds (guitar)
Present
Dave Mustaine (lead vocals, guitars)
1982 - Present
David Ellefson (electric bass guitar, background vocals)
1982 - 2001, 2009 - Present
Kiko Loureiro (guitar)
2015 April - Present
Dirk Verbeuren (drumset)
2015 - Present
Shawn Drover (percussion, drums)
2003 - 2014 November
Chris Broderick (guitars, background vocals)
2007 - 2014 November
James Lomenzo (bass guitar, background vocals)
2005 - 2009
Glen Drover (guitars, background vocals)
2003 - 2007
James MacDonough (bass guitar, background vocals)
2003 - 2005
Chris Poland (guitars, background vocals)
1982 - 1986, 2003 - 2003
Jimmie Lee Sloas (bass guitar)
2003 - 2003
Jimmy DeGrasso (drums)
1997 - 2001
Al Pitrelli (guitars, background vocals)
1999 - 2001
Marty Friedman (guitar, background vocals)
1989 - 1998
Nick Menza (drums)
1988 - 1997
Chuck Behler (drums)
1986 - 1988
Jeff Young (guitars, background vocals)
1986 - 1988
Gar Samuelson (drums)
1982 - 1986
Kerry King (guitars, background vocals)
1982 - 1982
Lee Rash (drums)
1982 - 1982
Dijon Carruthers (percussion, drums)
1982 - 1982

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Discography

Studio Album

1985
Album has 25 releases
1987
Album has 20 releases
1989
Album has 19 releases
1991
Album has 23 releases
1993
Album has 16 releases
1996
Album has 17 releases
1998
Album has 13 releases
2000
Album has 8 releases
2004
Album has 3 releases
2006
Album has 5 releases
2009
Album has 7 releases
2011
Album has 4 releases
2012
Album has 15 releases
2015
Album has 12 releases

Single

1987
Album has 2 releases
1987
Album has 2 releases
1989
Album has 2 releases
1990
Album has 6 releases
1991
Album has 2 releases
1991
Album has 5 releases
1991
Album has 6 releases
1993
Album has 4 releases
1994
Album has 3 releases
1996
Album has 2 releases
1999
Album has 1 releases
2009
Album has 3 releases
2010
Album has 1 releases
2010
Album has 2 releases
2013
Album has 1 releases
2015
Album has 2 releases
2015
Album has 1 releases

EP

1984
Album has 1 releases
1993
Album has 1 releases
1995
Album has 6 releases