Megadeth is up there with many other legendary American metal bands today. Originally formed in 1983, and have been active nearly consistently since. Many say they are responsible for the growth of the thrash metal, as they are pioneers of the genre along with Anthrax, Metallica and Slayer.
It comes as no surprise, really, considering one of the founders, Dave Mustaine, was actually in Metallica prior to staring Megadeth. Co-founder and bassist David Ellefson are still in the band, but the lineup has changed a few times over the years. Right now, their guitarist is Kiko Loureiro and Chris Adler on drums.
The band's first album came out in 1985 and was called Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good! through Combat Records. The album had decent sucess, which was enough to bring them to the attention of Capitol Records.
The band stayed with Capitol Records for their next seven albums, and then went with Sanctuary Records for a couple of albums in the early 2000s. In between these two albums though, came a slightly brief hiatus. In January 2002, Dave Mustaine had surgery to remove a kidney stone. The medication he was given for the pain ended up triggering a relapse in a drug addiction he had previously had. He seeked help in a treatment center in Texas, where he ended up suffering a peculiar injury that caused severe nerve damage in his left arm. He ended up being diagnosed with radial neuropathy, which left him unable to make a fist with his left, or grasp anything. Thus making it impossible to play guitar. He then announced that he was disbanding Megadeth to do this, and started extensive treatment to get his hand working again. Contracts with the record label made it such that they had to release something, so they released a compilation album that same year called Still, Alive...And well? A very appropriate title, all things considered.
The band came back in 2004, with The System Has Failed and have been very active ever since, releasing a new album evey two to three years, and touring quite frequently. In fact, in just a matter of weeks, Megadeth will be releasing their fifteenth studio album, Dystopia. The album comes out on January 22, and was recorded in Leiper's Fork, Tenessee. So far, the singles include "Fatal Illusion" and "The Threat Is Real", both of which were released in October and November of 2015. Something tells us this action is going to be rather hard hitting and emotional, as its been said to be inspired by many hardships the band faced in 2014, including the death of former Slayer guitarist, Jeff Hanneman, and family members dying from cancer and accidents influenced by Alzheimer's diease. The band began working in early 2015, and finally will be releasing near the end of January 2016.
Favorites from Megadeth include, "Holy Wars...The Punishment Is Due" from their 1990 album, Rust In Peace, "Peace Sells" from Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? which was released in 1986, "In My Darkest Hour", from So Far, So Good...So What!" which came out in 1988, "Symphone Of Destruction" from the 1992 album, Countdown to Extiction, "Forclosure Of a Dream", which is also from Countdown To Extinction and many more.
You can catch Megadeth on tour with Suicidal Tendencies, Children Of Bodom, and Havok starting on February 20 through April 28. From that tour, they go straight into playing festivals. They will be playing Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, Rock'n Derby, and several more all over, leading into the summer. For more information, please visit Megadeth's website, or the respective festival websites!
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