Brutal, melodic, original, charismatic….oh yeah and fueled by revenge! Megadeth’s head honcho Dave Mustaine knows a thing or two about backlash. This band is here just for the sole purpose of having been constructed by pure anger and determination.
Megadeth burst on to the seen in 1983 with “Killing is My Business…and Business is Good” cementing themselves as a force to be reckoned with within the “Big 4” which included Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax. The album included a familiar track to Metallica fans titled “Mechanix”. Yeah that was “The 4 Horsemen” people….only Megadethed. Faster, angrier, and damn near untouchable by the original.
Megadeth continued to analize Metallica with brutal albums “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying” “So Far, So Good…So What!” and “Rust In Peace”. “Rust In Peace” went on to receive a million sales and a Grammy nomination in 1991 for best metal performance with Metallica’s track “Enter Sandman” edging out Megadeth’s title track “Rust In Peace”. To this day, we still don’t know how that happened.
Megadeth then over went a “musical makeover” akin to Metallica with their “Black Album” releasing radio friendly jangles starting with 1992’s “Countdown To Extinction”. Megadeth seemed to have a knack for composing well crafted radio-friendly songs and continued to rock with more melodic less thrashy efforts throughout the 90s with the albums “Youthanasia” (1994), “Cryptic Writings” (1997), ” Risk” (1998), “The World Needs a Hero” (2001).
Following a short disbandment in 1992 due to injuries Dave Mustaine suffered to his hands, Megadeth return with a more rock and less metal approach starting with 2004’s “The System Has Failed”, “United Abominations” (2007), “Endgame” (2009), and “Thirteen” (2011).
In 2010, Mustaine seemed to want to put difference’s aside with Metallica and embarked on the colloborative Big 4 Concert with fellow bands Anthrax and Slayer.
Mustaine then released “Super Collider” in 2013 through his own label Tradecraft which helped the band enter the charts at its highest since 1991 with “Countdown”. The band looked towards metal once again with 2016’s “Dystopia”, a critical and chart topping success, honoring Megadeth with their first Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.