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After he left Metallica in 1983, guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine formed the thrash metal quartet Megadeth. Though Megadeth followed the basic blueprint of Metallica's relentless attack, Mustaine's group distinguished themselves from his earlier band by lessening the progressive rock influences, adding an emphasis on instrumental skills, speeding the tempo up slightly, and making the instrumental attack harsher. By streamlining the classic thrash metal approach and making the music more threatening, as well as making the lyrics more nihilistic, Megadeth became one of the leading bands of the genre during the mid-'80s and late '80s. Each album they released went at least gold, and they continually sold out arenas across America, in addition to developing a strong following overseas. By the early '90s, they had toned their music down slightly, yet that simply increased their following; all of their proper '90s albums debuted in the Top Ten.

Megadeth is an American thrash metal band led by Dave Mustaine. The group was formed in 1983, disbanded in 2002, and reformed again in 2004. Shortly after lead guitarist Dave Mustaine was fired from Metallica due to drug use and personality conflicts, Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson formed Megadeth. Mustaine became the band's singer and primary lyricist as well as playing guitar. The band soon added drummer Lee Rash and temporary guitarist Slayer's Kerry King. Later the same year, Rash was replaced by Gar Samuelson, and Chris Poland took over from King on guitar.

In late 1984, they were signed to Combat Records, and in May 1985 they released their first album, entitled Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!. The band had been allotted $8,000 to record and produce the album, but spending half that on drugs left much to be desired in terms of sound quality. Even with its relatively poor production, Megadeth's debut was a well-received album that blended elements of speed metal, and jazz.

In November 1986 they released their second album, Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?, which is regarded by many critics as Megadeth's finest hour and a ground-breaking thrash metal album. Good production coupled with a certain 'maturity' that the band had achieved musically and excellent song writing allowed Megadeth to climb into the ranks of the titans of heavy metal with Anthrax, Metallica and Slayer to become the 'Big Four'. Later the same year Megadeth signed with Capitol Records, who also bought the rights to Peace Sells... from Combat.

Gar Samuelson and Chris Poland were fired from the band after a tour in Hawaii, amidst rumors of drug abuse by the entire band. Replacements were Chuck Behler on drums and Jeff Young on guitars.

In March 1988, the new line-up released their next album, So Far, So Good... So What!. The album was widely panned and seriously failed to capitalize on the success of Peace Sells..., with only a few glimmers of Megadeth's vibrancy on their last album in songs like 'In My Darkest Hour' and 'Mary Jane'. A cover of the Sex Pistol's 'Anarchy In The UK' on the album is poorly regarded and was symbolic of the wider album's failure to achieve the high standard set by Peace Sells....

In 1989, the lineup that had recorded So Far, So Good... So What! changed yet again, as the new members drummer Jeff Young and guitarist Chuck Behler were fired, replaced respectively by Nick Menza and Marty Friedman. This line-up became the most stable and successful in Megadeth's entire career, recording four successful albums, and created Megadeth's reputation as a band that could not only play metal well, but also could create far more commercially acceptable offerings. The entire band's direction would change multiple times over the coming decade, with Megadeth's attempts to beat their rivals Metallica by 'softening' in order to gain mainstream acceptance as a melodic metal band, something that would embitter many long-time fans who had previously viewed Megadeth as one of the leading proponents of thrash metal.

In 1990 Megadeth released their fourth album, entitled Rust in Peace, regarded by many Speed metal-fans as one of the most technically fulfilled and exciting speed-metal albums of all time. Megadeth's characteristically caustic and catchy lyrics and raw, fast thrash-metal riffs were finally truly captured with an excellent standard of production which allowed for interesting experimentation within a 'progressive metal' context.

In July 1992, Megadeth released the album Countdown to Extinction. It became an instant hit, reached #2 on the Billboard album charts, and went multi-platinum. The following album, Youthanasia was delivered in 1994, and it also became a great success.

Their next album, entitled Cryptic Writings was released in 1997. This album had more pop influences than the previous ones, but its sound was still unmistakably Megadeth's. Nick Menza left the band in 1998, and was replaced by Jimmy DeGrasso.

The pop influences were even more evident on the following album, 1999's Risk. Shortly after its release, Marty Friedman left the band, and was replaced by Al Pitrelli. Risk was not the success they were hoping it would be. Looking for a way to end their contract with Capitol Records, they released a greatest-hits collection entitled Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years (2000). This compilation included two new tracks that they were contractually obliged to give to Capitol.

In 2001 Megadeth signed a deal with Sanctuary Records. Shortly thereafter, they put out a new album, entitled The World Needs a Hero, on which most of the pop sound of the two previous albums was eliminated.
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On April 3, 2002, Mustaine announced in a press release that he was leaving the band, officially due to an injury that caused nerve damage to his left arm. The remaining members decided to dissolve Megadeth as a result. This marked the end of the band's nearly twenty-year career.

Although after more than a year has passed and Mustaine felt his arm was back at its 100%. While working on his solo career, he also re-banded Megadeth to make a new album originally titled Blackmail The Universe, but later renamed The System Has Failed (2004). This album would have none of the band's final original line-up, featuring Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Chris Poland (who had played with Megadeth in the 1980s) on lead guitar and session musician Jimmy Lee Sloas on bass. Megadeth's original catalogue was reissued, remixed and remastered, by their former label to try and capitalize upon what they hoped would be resurgence in the heavy metal band's popularity. Megadeth had returned, and as Dave Mustaine said: "Megadeth is slowly rising from the ashes."

Early July of 2004 saw the entire The System Has Failed album leaked onto the internet. Mustaine is said to have been deeply upset by this, but the scheduled release date of September 2004 was maintained. The System Has Failed made its debut at #18 on the Billboard charts, and received overall positive reviews from critics. It has regarded by some as a return to Megadeth's 'golden days' of the late 80s and early 90s.

Shortly following the release of The System Has Failed, Mustaine appointed Glen Drover, formerly of the bands King Diamond and Eidolon, as Megadeth's new guitarist.

Also in 2003, Ellefson filed an $18.5 million lawsuit against Mustaine, who he claims owes him profits on various business dealings. Ellefson is also seeking damages under the suit for allegedly libelous statements he claims Mustaine made about him. In a countersuit, Mustaine has stated that Ellefson relinquished his stake in Megadeth profits under a previous settlement agreement.

An icon of heavy metal culture, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine is a true survivor. Since 1984, when he was booted from Metallica and formed Megadeth, Mustaine has endured acrimonious lineup changes, drug dependency and an alternative rock explosion that shunned his accomplishments. And through it all, he has remained undaunted, confronting each obstacle with a new set of head-banging, jaw-clenching tunes.

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)
Youthanasia (1994)
Hidden Treasures (Songs collected from soundtracks and tribute albums) (1995)
Cryptic Writings (1997)
Live Trax (1997, Live album, Released in Japan)
Risk (1999)
Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years (Greatest Hits) (2000)
The World Needs a Hero (2001)
Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! (Remixed/Expanded) (2002)
Rude Awakening (Live) (2002)
Still alive....and well? album (2002)
The System Has Failed (2004)
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