Origin – Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres -Heavy metal, Thrash metal, Speed metal
Years active – 1983–20022004–present
Website – www.megadeth.com
Megadeth is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson formed the band in 1983 shortly after Mustaine’s dismissal from Metallica. A pioneer of the American thrash metal scene, Megadeth is credited as one of the genre’s “big four,” along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer, responsible for thrash metal’s development and popularization. Megadeth plays in a technical style, featuring complex arrangements and fast rhythm sections. Themes of death, war, politics, and religion are prominent in the song lyrics.
Traditional heavy metal bands such as UFO, Black Sabbath, Budgie, new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) bands such as Motörhead, Iron Maiden, and Diamond Head, and punk rock bands such as the Sex Pistols and Ramones had a significant influence on Megadeth’s sound. Hard rock bands such as AC/DC and Led Zeppelin were also influential on the group’s guitar style. Although the music has roots in punk, university professor Jason Bivins wrote that Megadeth followed the basic blueprint of Motörhead and Iron Maiden. He described the style as a mix of “the instrumental virtuosity of the NWOBHM with the speed and aggression of hardcore punk”, while also drawing lyrical inspiration from the horror-obsessed punk band Misfits. Mustaine has also listed albums by the Beatles as recordings that influenced him.
Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good! (1985)
Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying? (1986)
So Far, So Good… So What! (1988)
Rust in Peace (1990)
Countdown to Extinction (1992)
Cryptic Writings (1997)
The World Needs a Hero (2001)
The System Has Failed (2004)
United Abominations (2007)
Super Collider (2013)