MEGADETH

Thrash Metal / Heavy Metal / Hard Rock • United States
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Megadeth is an American thrash metal band led by founder, front man, guitarist, and songwriter Dave Mustaine. Formed in 1983 Los Angeles, California with bass player David Ellefson following Mustaine's departure from Metallica, the band has since released twelve studio albums, six live albums, two EPs, thirty singles, thirty-two music videos, and three compilations.

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
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MEGADETH Discography

MEGADETH albums / top albums

MEGADETH Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! album cover 3.51 | 96 ratings
Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
Thrash Metal 1985
MEGADETH Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? album cover 4.20 | 145 ratings
Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Thrash Metal 1986
MEGADETH So Far, So Good... So What! album cover 3.66 | 103 ratings
So Far, So Good... So What!
Thrash Metal 1988
MEGADETH Rust in Peace album cover 4.51 | 218 ratings
Rust in Peace
Thrash Metal 1990
MEGADETH Countdown to Extinction album cover 4.02 | 117 ratings
Countdown to Extinction
Thrash Metal 1992
MEGADETH Youthanasia album cover 3.65 | 91 ratings
Youthanasia
Heavy Metal 1994
MEGADETH Cryptic Writings album cover 3.21 | 68 ratings
Cryptic Writings
Heavy Metal 1997
MEGADETH Risk album cover 2.51 | 62 ratings
Risk
Hard Rock 1999
MEGADETH The World Needs a Hero album cover 3.08 | 56 ratings
The World Needs a Hero
Thrash Metal 2001
MEGADETH The System Has Failed album cover 3.46 | 61 ratings
The System Has Failed
Thrash Metal 2004
MEGADETH United Abominations album cover 3.42 | 68 ratings
United Abominations
Thrash Metal 2007
MEGADETH Endgame album cover 3.76 | 75 ratings
Endgame
Thrash Metal 2009
MEGADETH TH1RT3EN album cover 3.20 | 49 ratings
TH1RT3EN
Thrash Metal 2011
MEGADETH Super Collider album cover 2.97 | 30 ratings
Super Collider
Heavy Metal 2013
MEGADETH Dystopia album cover 4.01 | 32 ratings
Dystopia
Thrash Metal 2016

MEGADETH EPs & splits

MEGADETH No More Mr. Nice Guy album cover 3.70 | 5 ratings
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Thrash Metal 1989
MEGADETH Maximum Megadeth album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Maximum Megadeth
Thrash Metal 1991
MEGADETH 99 Ways to Die album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
99 Ways to Die
Thrash Metal 1993
MEGADETH Cyberarmy Exclusive Tracks album cover 3.17 | 3 ratings
Cyberarmy Exclusive Tracks
Thrash Metal 1996
MEGADETH Cryptic Sounds: No Voices in Your Head album cover 2.17 | 5 ratings
Cryptic Sounds: No Voices in Your Head
Thrash Metal 1998
MEGADETH A Secret Place / Peanut Butter & Jelly album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Secret Place / Peanut Butter & Jelly
Heavy Metal 1998
MEGADETH Less Than Jake / Megadeth album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Less Than Jake / Megadeth
Thrash Metal 1999
MEGADETH Breadline EP album cover 1.50 | 2 ratings
Breadline EP
Thrash Metal 2000
MEGADETH Deep Cuts album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Deep Cuts
Thrash Metal 2009

MEGADETH live albums

MEGADETH Live Trax album cover 2.43 | 3 ratings
Live Trax
Thrash Metal 1997
MEGADETH Rude Awakening album cover 3.35 | 13 ratings
Rude Awakening
Thrash Metal 2002
MEGADETH Unplugged in Philly album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Unplugged in Philly
Thrash Metal 2004
MEGADETH Unplugged in Boston album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Unplugged in Boston
Thrash Metal 2006
MEGADETH That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires album cover 3.59 | 12 ratings
That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires
Thrash Metal 2007
MEGADETH Rust In Peace Live album cover 4.03 | 13 ratings
Rust In Peace Live
Thrash Metal 2010
MEGADETH Countdown to Extinction: Live album cover 3.64 | 3 ratings
Countdown to Extinction: Live
Thrash Metal 2013

MEGADETH demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

MEGADETH Last Rites album cover 4.91 | 2 ratings
Last Rites
Thrash Metal 1984
MEGADETH Angry Again album cover 4.33 | 3 ratings
Angry Again
Thrash Metal 1993
MEGADETH Sampler 01 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Sampler 01
Thrash Metal 1999

MEGADETH re-issues & compilations

MEGADETH Hidden Treasures album cover 3.00 | 17 ratings
Hidden Treasures
Thrash Metal 1995
MEGADETH Megabox album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Megabox
Thrash Metal 1995
MEGADETH The Originals album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
The Originals
Thrash Metal 1997
MEGADETH Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years album cover 3.33 | 8 ratings
Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years
Thrash Metal 2000
MEGADETH Still, Alive... and Well? album cover 2.50 | 4 ratings
Still, Alive... and Well?
Thrash Metal 2002
MEGADETH Hell Wasn't Built in a Day album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Hell Wasn't Built in a Day
Thrash Metal 2004
MEGADETH Greatest Hits: Back to the Start album cover 3.38 | 4 ratings
Greatest Hits: Back to the Start
Thrash Metal 2005
MEGADETH Warchest album cover 4.50 | 6 ratings
Warchest
Thrash Metal 2007
MEGADETH Anthology: Set the World Afire album cover 4.10 | 5 ratings
Anthology: Set the World Afire
Thrash Metal 2008
MEGADETH Icon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Icon
Thrash Metal 2014
MEGADETH Warheads on Foreheads album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Warheads on Foreheads
Thrash Metal 2019

MEGADETH singles (15)

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5.00 | 2 ratings
Wake Up Dead
Thrash Metal 1986
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3.00 | 1 ratings
Mary Jane
Thrash Metal 1988
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3.00 | 1 ratings
Anarchy in the U.K.
Thrash Metal 1988
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5.00 | 3 ratings
Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
Thrash Metal 1990
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4.25 | 2 ratings
Hangar 18
Thrash Metal 1991
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Foreclosure of a Dream
Thrash Metal 1992
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4.12 | 4 ratings
Symphony of Destruction
Thrash Metal 1992
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4.00 | 3 ratings
Sweating Bullets
Thrash Metal 1992
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Skin O'My Teeth
Thrash Metal 1993
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4.25 | 2 ratings
Train of Consequences
Thrash Metal 1994
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Singles Megabox
Thrash Metal 1995
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3.67 | 3 ratings
À tout le monde
Thrash Metal 1995
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Trust
Thrash Metal 1997
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2.33 | 2 ratings
Crush 'Em
Hard Rock 1999
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Public Enemy No. 1
Thrash Metal 2011

MEGADETH movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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3.62 | 4 ratings
Rusted Pieces
Thrash Metal 1991
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4.25 | 4 ratings
Exposure of a Dream
Thrash Metal 1992
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3.50 | 5 ratings
Evolver
Thrash Metal 1995
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3.67 | 5 ratings
Megadeth - VH-1 Behind the Music Extended
Thrash Metal 2001
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4.39 | 10 ratings
Rude Awakening
Thrash Metal 2002
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3.00 | 2 ratings
Video Hits
Thrash Metal 2005
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4.50 | 9 ratings
That One Night - Live in Buenos Aires
Thrash Metal 2007
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Megadeth Live
Thrash Metal 2007
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4.21 | 7 ratings
Rust In Peace Live
Thrash Metal 2010
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4.72 | 9 ratings
The Big 4: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria
Thrash Metal 2010

MEGADETH Reviews

MEGADETH Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?

Album · 1986 · Thrash Metal
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SilentScream213
As a huge fan of Thrash Metal, Megadeth strangely never hit the marks I love in this kind of music. To their – mostly Dave’s – credit, the songwriting and solos are great, and the riffs are not far behind. However, where the band always lost me is in their delivery and atmosphere. Dave’s not a good vocalist, but that’s not what bothers me, as raspy shouting is something I enjoy. The problem is that not only does he struggle to create any sort of memorable hooks or verses, but he also writes some bad lyrics. The delivery on most songs is sarcastic, sometimes angry but all too often it just sounds like he’s yelling for the sake of yelling without any conviction or thought behind the words.

The music actually matches this – while as I said, the musicianship is really good, there’s really no atmosphere or emotion being conveyed. There are great moments like the openings to Good Mourning and Bad Omen, both having a more ominous and serious atmosphere. However, most of the time it just sounds like the band is jamming out to earn their dollar, which is not something I want in Thrash. It’s not dark, and the anger present is only very surface-level “I hate paying my taxes” kind of anger.

To be clear - It is a great album. The music is well-written and expertly played, the production is about as good as 80’s metal gets, and there aren’t any actually bad songs, but I find it massively overrated, and rather empty compared to most contemporary releases in the genre.

MEGADETH Countdown to Extinction

Album · 1992 · Thrash Metal
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Unitron
Countdown to Extinction was the closest Megadeth got to mainstream success on the level of Metallica, and I've seen this called their Black Album before. A fair comparison I'd say, as both albums have that balance between thrash and regular heavy metal. Thankfully though Countdown to Extinction doesn't have the overplayed singles like Black Album does, making for a fantastic listen throughout.

Sweating Bullets is the most Mustaine song Mustaine ever wrote, Symphony of Destruction and Skin 'O My Teeth are classics. Songs like Foreclosure of a Dream and the title track are great examples of the more melodic side of the band that they would explore more down the line. Finally, Ashes in Your Mouth is one of the band's best deeper cuts, and one of their best songs in general. Total classic album.

MEGADETH So Far, So Good... So What!

Album · 1988 · Thrash Metal
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Unitron
The only album to rival the pure rage and pissed off fury of the band's own debut. While other thrash bands were getting more technical or beefing up their grooves, Megadeth just went all out aggression, and no song shows that better than Hook in Mouth. The best song to protest the PMRC, and Mustaine's screaming at the end with "I'M NOT A FISH, I'M A MAN. HOOK. IN. MOUUUTH." is a perfect closer to the album and is one of the greatest moments in thrash. Of course the whole albums is full of classics, Set the World Afire in particular. One of the most pissed off sounding albums I've ever heard.

MEGADETH Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?

Album · 1986 · Thrash Metal
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Triceratopsoil
Side 1 is some of the all time greatest thrash metal of all time. Forget that, some of the greatest music of all time in any genre. The guitars are tight and chug like nobody's business... at a time when Metallica was already stuck on scooped out mids that would ruin every 14 year old guitarist's tone for decades to come, Megadeth puts on a clinic on how to cut through a mix. You can actually hear the bass guitar (gasp), Chris Poland's soloing is incredible, and Gar proves he was one of the best drummers of all time.

Side 2 is almost completely forgettable unfortunately... not really sure what they were thinking. Black Friday is so sloppy I can't believe they used that take, and the lyrics are idiotic. Bad Omen is decent but sounds like an outtake from Killing Is My Business. I Ain't Superstitious is a bad cover of a song that is unlistenable in the first place. My Last Words has a great bass line but isn't that interesting otherwise.

Also I might be alone in this, but I don't mind the 2004 remaster... so sue me

MEGADETH United Abominations

Album · 2007 · Thrash Metal
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martindavey87
Following on from 2004’s triumphant return from hiatus (actually, retirement, to be precise), Megadeth’s 2007 album, ‘United Abominations’ sees the band continue along with a renewed vigour, as Dave Mustaine and a fresh line-up charges on with the thrash metal sound of old, proving that Megadeth can still maintain relevance in the new millennium.

Stylistically, this isn’t much different than its predecessor, ‘The System Has Failed’, however, while that album was mostly a Dave Mustaine solo effort with a bunch of guest musicians, ‘United Abominations’ comes from a band united (no pun intended). It’s clear that there’s a chemistry amongst everyone, and a high standard of musicianship. Brothers Glen and Shawn Drover (guitarist and drummer respectively) have already crafted a name for themselves with their band Eidolon, and bassist James LoMenzo has cut his teeth with an impressive résumé which includes the likes of Black Label Society, David Lee Roth and Tim “Ripper” Owens.

And the results are evident immediately, with some of the bands most furious guitar riffs, and an interplay not seen since the days of ‘Rust in Peace’ back in 1990. The music is incredibly tight, and Dave Mustaine’s vocals are as vicious and hate-filled as ever.

If there was any doubt that Megadeth’s comeback was a flash in the pan, then tracks like ‘Sleepwalker’, ‘Never Walk Alone... A Call to Arms’, ‘Washington is Next’, ‘Pray for Blood’, ‘Amerikhastan’ and a rather unnecessary but still pretty cool re-recording of their 1994 hit ‘A Tout le Monde’ are all proof that Megadeth are well and firmly back to their thrash metal roots, with ‘United Abominations’ being another high-quality album among an already impressive discography.

MEGADETH Movies Reviews

MEGADETH Megadeth - VH-1 Behind the Music Extended

Movie · 2001 · Thrash Metal
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martindavey87
The Megadeth episode of VH1’s ‘Behind the Music’ series is pretty much exactly what it says it is; a look at the history of one of heavy metal’s most beloved bands. The VH1 name gives this a bit more credibility and authenticity than your typical unofficial band biography, and as such, this features interviews with band members past and present, as well as other people associated with the band at one point or another.

Looking candidly at Dave Mustaine’s expulsion from Metallica, the bands early days and their later attempts to break into mainstream territory, as well as Mustaine’s endless battles with addictions, other than being a bit outdated now, (being released in 2001), this is overall a very interesting watch, and a worthy addition to any Megadeth fan’s collection.

MEGADETH Rusted Pieces

Movie · 1991 · Thrash Metal
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martindavey87
‘Rusted Pieces’ was my first music DVD purchase, way back in the year 2000, at the tender age of 13! While YouTube makes any collection of promotional music videos pretty pointless today, this was still an awesome video to watch back when I was barely old enough to shave. Featuring just six music videos and small bits of dialogue in between each song, these are some of Megadeth’s finest early songs, and have some significance to heavy metal history. However, despite that, at barely half an hour in duration, this isn’t worth owning today unless you’re an OCD collector like me, who needs to own everything.

MEGADETH That One Night - Live in Buenos Aires

Movie · 2007 · Thrash Metal
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Kingcrimsonprog
Megadeth’s That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires is arguably the band’s finest live effort and certainly one of their best DVDs. The band are absolutely on fire in terms of performance and energy, the crowd are going wild for the band and the setlist is superb, what more could anyone ask for in a concert ?

In terms of the actual DVD; the Audio/Visual quality is top notch and the whole performance is captured well, with a good job made of the mixing, camerawork and editing. Everything is utterly professional and well handled, nothing is cheesy or over the top which just allows the music to do the talking.

Surprisingly; apart from frontman Dave Mustaine, even though the band’s line up at the time didn’t feature any musician responsible for the albums from Rust In Peace – Cryptic Writings, or indeed David Ellefson who was on every single Megadeth album until The System has Failed, the band put down a storming performance and seem to be at the top of their game, reveling in their success and fired on by the manic crowd.

(Then) New members Glen Drover on guitar, James MacDonough on Bass and on Shawn Drover on Drums are all great additions to the band, and it isn’t difficult to see why Glen lasted another studio album and Shawn remains with the band to this day.

The concert includes all the classic Megadeth material you would expect like ‘Peace Sells…,’ ‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due,’ ‘Symphony Of Destruction,’ and ‘In My Darkest Hour,’ as well as some less played numbers such as ‘I’ll Be There,’ and the superb ‘Set The World Afire.’

Additionally, their then new The System Has Failed record is well represented and the songs fit well into the set along side all the fan favourites.

That One Night’ was filmed in 2005 and released in 2007 and is still a brilliant live document and perhaps unsurpassed by later releases. I remember being hugely impressed with it when it was new, and watching it back now my opinion has not changed at all, which is surely a good sign. All Megadeth fans should all consider picking up a copy, this is an utterly fantastic concert and would serve as a fine introduction to the band. I highly recommend it.

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