MEGADETH

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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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Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?
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MEGADETH Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! album cover 3.55 | 95 ratings
Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
Thrash Metal 1985
MEGADETH Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? album cover 4.23 | 143 ratings
Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Thrash Metal 1986
MEGADETH So Far, So Good... So What! album cover 3.63 | 102 ratings
So Far, So Good... So What!
Thrash Metal 1988
MEGADETH Rust in Peace album cover 4.51 | 216 ratings
Rust in Peace
Thrash Metal 1990
MEGADETH Countdown to Extinction album cover 3.99 | 115 ratings
Countdown to Extinction
Thrash Metal 1992
MEGADETH Youthanasia album cover 3.64 | 90 ratings
Youthanasia
Heavy Metal 1994
MEGADETH Cryptic Writings album cover 3.22 | 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 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 4.00 | 1 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 | 1 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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3.00 | 1 ratings
Foreclosure of a Dream
Thrash Metal 1992
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4.00 | 3 ratings
Symphony of Destruction
Thrash Metal 1992
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Sweating Bullets
Thrash Metal 1992
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Skin O'My Teeth
Thrash Metal 1993
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Train of Consequences
Thrash Metal 1994
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Singles Megabox
Thrash Metal 1995
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3.50 | 2 ratings
À tout le monde
Thrash Metal 1995
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Trust
Thrash Metal 1997
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2.00 | 1 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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4.67 | 3 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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4.50 | 4 ratings
Megadeth - VH-1 Behind the Music Extended
Thrash Metal 2001
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4.42 | 11 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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4.69 | 8 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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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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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 That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires

Live album · 2007 · Thrash Metal
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Well, it’s official. If 2001’s ‘Rude Awakening’ didn’t prove it, then ‘That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires’, released in 2007, does. Megadeth are a pretty naff live band.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a terrible release, and more than makes up for the aforementioned ‘Rude Awakening’, but Megadeth have just never really been able to get a decent live sound. Dave Mustaines vocals are pretty hard to listen to here, and the songs don’t have the same grit and punch of their studio counterparts. There’s nothing overly noteworthy or special about the production here, either. It’s literally one song after another. No hassle. No fuss. Damn it, no fun!

With that said, props to the band for the killer set list. Every album is represented here by at least one track, including 1999’s ‘Risk’, which is an album I consider highly underrated and I’m glad it got some love here, even if it is with ‘I’ll Be There’, quite possibly the most un-Megadeth song the band ever put out (and it’s cool to hear the audience give it a warm reception).

Still, overall, despite an abundance of hits that span their entire career, including ‘Hanger 18’, ‘Holy Wars’, ‘Trust’, ‘Symphony of Destruction’, ‘Wake Up Dead’ and ‘Kick the Chair’, ‘That One Night’ is a pretty average live release. If you’re a fan of the band it won’t cause any harm by owning, but otherwise I’d be more than happy to listen to any studio album over this.

MEGADETH The System Has Failed

Album · 2004 · Thrash Metal
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2004 saw the metal community rejoice, as thrash metal pioneers and all-round icons of the genre, Megadeth, returned from a forced retirement two years prior.

However, this wasn’t the Megadeth of old. With the band splitting up in 2002 due to an injury suffered by leader, vocalist and guitarist Dave Mustaine, the following two years in which Mustaine healed up would see himself and long-standing bassist David Ellefson fall out over legal disputes. As a result, while Mustaine was ready to return to the music world, with no band line-up in sight, he set out to record a solo album, which very quickly became another Megadeth project when it became apparent that his own name-value was nowhere near that of his bands.

While ‘The System Has Failed’ is a Megadeth album, it is essentially a Dave Mustaine solo release, with a load of session musicians. Albeit, one of which was returning guitarist Chris Poland, who had appeared on the bands first two releases back in the early 80’s.The two-year hiatus did Mustaine a lot of good though, as this is a return to form after a rather strenuous start to the new century. 1999’s ‘Risk’ saw them go pop rock to critical disdain (I love that album, for the record), and 2001’s ‘The World Needs a Hero’ was a rather stoic, rigid affair, that felt like the band weren’t really making too much effort at all.

But with ‘The System Has Failed’, Megadeth are truly back to their thrash metal roots with heavy, intense and driving guitar riffs, angry, spite-filled lyrics that lash out at politicians and war, and Mustaine’s vocals being more ferocious and venomous than ever. The production gives the songs a thick sound, with a thumping bass line and solid drumming, and the technical prowess of the musicians, along with the melodic approach to the songwriting, gives the album a fresh sound, not heard since 1990’s ‘Rust in Peace’.

Overall, while there are one or two filler tracks, this is a solid album, with songs like ‘Kick the Chair’, ‘Blackmail the Universe’, ‘Die Dead Enough’, ‘Back in the Day’, ‘The Scorpion’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’ showing that Megadeth are back with a vengeance, and more than ready to reclaim their spot as one of metals most beloved bands, and although this won’t ever be considered their best album, it’s a welcome return to form.

MEGADETH Rude Awakening

Live album · 2002 · Thrash Metal
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martindavey87
2002’s ‘Rude Awakening’ is the first official live album by thrash metal pioneers Megadeth. Released 16 years after their formation (what took them so long?), it sadly comes during a somewhat weird time in the bands history. Having just gone pop rock with 1999’s ‘Risk’ and then attempting a return to their roots with the rather stoic and not-very-well-received ‘The World Needs a Hero’, the band were suffering greatly around the turn of the century, and just a year later would split up (thankfully they’d return eventually).

Somewhere amidst all the struggle and strife, they’d release this little nugget. However, with a rather weak sound, a mostly non-audible crowd, especially during the first half, and a line-up which just wasn’t resonating with fans (drummer Jimmy DeGrasso and guitarist Al Pitrelli both had the unfortunate job of being with the band during such troublesome times), ‘Rude Awakening’ is a pretty average release that leaves much to be desired.

All criticisms aside, there are a couple of things this album does right. The performances are all solid and tight (although Dave Mustaine’s vocals are a little grating at times), and the set list is pretty much spot on, covering every major track from the bands discography at that point in time. However, the aforementioned detriments far outweigh the strengths, and I’d much rather just listen to the original studio versions of any of these tracks.

A fairly disappointing live release, ‘Rude Awakening’ isn’t overly memorable and serves only as an addition to the Megadeth collection for die-hard fans. And hell, even the front cover is kind of goofy!

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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.

MEGADETH Rude Awakening

Movie · 2002 · Thrash Metal
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Megadeth have a lot of DVDs on the market now; from video collections and documentaries, to bonus DVDs, to official concerts like this and ‘That One Night,’ and ‘Rust In Peace Live,’ to their segments on multi-band DVDs like Gigantour and The Big Four, as well as what I suspect are unofficial DVD’s like ‘Head Crusher,’ ‘Alive In USA 2008,’ ‘Megadeth Live,’ and ‘Metal Symphonies.’

When choosing a Megadeth DVD then, you really are spoiled for choice. In my opinion this and That One Night are the two best options, which provide longest concerts with the most definitive set lists, also with the best sound and visual qualities.

Rude Awakening finds Megadeth at the end of the first period in their career, just before the break-up and before the reunion which saw the band traveling back into the territory of Thrash Metal once again, after a series of albums in the nineties that explored different territory.

This DVD was filmed in late 2001 and released in 2002 while the band were promoting their The World Needs A Hero album and features the superb and underrated Al Pitrelli on guitar and Jimmy DeGrasso on drums supporting Megadeth stalwarts Dave Ellefson and Dave Mustaine.

The first thing that needs mentioning about the actual DVD is the quality of the camera work, visuals and editing. To this date Rude Awakening is still arguably the finest and most professional video release from Megadeth. Not being filmed outdoors the makers had a great level of precision and control over everything and the stage set up and lighting helped a lot too in making this one of the best looking band DVDs of the era. Almost a decade on and Rude Awakening still looks fantastic.

The track listing is excellent and covers a lot of the fan favourite material from every album the band had released up until that point except Risk. It also contains a healthy amount of material from the then new The World Needs A Hero record which arguably sounds even better live than on record. The band’s 90s era is well served here too, as much as their 80s output and this really is a great all rounder, especially for Megadeth fans who almost like everything the band put out. Tracks like ‘Peace Sells,’ ‘Holy Wars,’ and ‘Mechanix,’ all sit comfortably beside ‘Trust,’ and ‘Reckoning Day,’ in a diverse but very entertaining set.

Some people have problems with the sound, as Dave’s vocals can be too quiet especially when he gets too far from the mic and on the surround sound mix the guitars aren’t apparently handled very well in the first half of the concert. As someone who has listened to the stereo mix for almost a decade I have never had a problem with the sound, in fact I love it. If you yourself play bass or drums you are likely to love the sound mix.

Apart from the mix, the actual recording quality and timbre of the actual individual components are phenomenal, rarely has a drum kit sounded so amazing live. Something well demonstrated during a phenomenal drum solo during She-Wolf.

All of this of course is only the main concert and you still have a brief and entertaining documentary and bonus concert on top of it. Overall; Rude Awakening is definitely something you should check out if you like Megadeth.

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