Formation[ edit ] On April 11, , Dave Mustaine was expelled from Metallica just prior to the band recording their debut album Kill 'Em All due to substance abuse and personal conflicts with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.
As Metallica's lead guitarist since , Mustaine had composed some of the group's early songs and helped hone the band into a tight live unit. Opportunity came knocking when he befriended his new neighbors David Ellefson and Greg Handevidt, two newly transplanted Minnesotans who fortuitously played bass and guitar respectively.
The trio formed the basis of the band Mustaine was eager to start, and while Handevidt would only last a few months, Mustaine and Ellefson formed a tight musical bond. Despite his enthusiasm, Mustaine had trouble finding other members to fill out the lineup. He and Ellefson examined about fifteen drummers, hoping to find one who understood meter changes in music.
After briefly playing with Dijon Carruthers, they eventually selected Lee Rausch as their drummer. They also decided on Mustaine as lead vocalist after six months of searching. In the meantime, Kerry King from Slayer filled in on rhythm guitar for several shows in the San Francisco area in the spring of Samuelson had previously been in a jazz band called The New Yorkers, which also had guitarist Chris Poland in their ranks.
After seeing Samuelson perform live with Megadeth as a trio, Poland went backstage and suggested an impromptu audition as lead guitarist for the band and joined Megadeth in December Killing Is My Business Though Mustaine told the band after his dismissal not to use the music he had written, Metallica recorded a different version of the song entitled "The Four Horsemen", with a slower tempo and a melodic middle section.
Megadeth's version generated controversy during the s, when its writer, Lee Hazlewood , called Mustaine's changes "vile and offensive". Poland was in the band as the tour began, but abruptly left and was replaced by touring guitarist Mike Albert. Poland rejoined Megadeth in October , shortly before the group began recording its second album for Combat. Music critics noted its cynicism toward the economic situation in the United States   Problems playing this file? According to Mustaine, the band was under pressure to deliver another successful album: You either go to the next level, or it's the beginning of the nadir.
Dissatisfied with its financial limitations, the band left Combat and signed with Capitol Records. Capitol bought the rights to the upcoming album, and hired producer Paul Lani to remix the earlier recordings. Released in late , Peace Sells The week tour was supported by Overkill and Necros , and continued in the United States. Drummer Chuck Behler traveled with Megadeth for the last dates of the tour as the other band members feared Samuelson would not be able to continue touring.
Mustaine complimented Loomis' playing but considered him too young to join. So Far, So Good The album was plagued with problems during production, partially due to Mustaine's struggle with drug addiction.
One show featured a guest appearance by Metallica drummer and Mustaine's former bandmate Lars Ulrich. The band was added to the Monsters of Rock European tour, but left after the first show due to Ellefson's drug problems, for which he was treated immediately.
As with Samuelson, Menza was expected to take over if Behler could not continue the tour. Menza replaced Behler in Nice Guy " which appeared on the soundtrack to the Wes Craven horror movie Shocker. Rust in Peace[ edit ] With Mustaine sober, Megadeth continued searching for a new lead guitarist. Meyer was invited to join the band after Poland's departure, but chose to remain with Dark Angel.
As Megadeth had already hired Menza, Darrell declined to join the band. Marty Friedman filled the guitarist position at the recommendation of Ron Laffitte, a member of Capitol management. Laffitte had heard Dragon's Kiss , a solo recording by Friedman when he was in Cacophony. For the first time the band's members remained sober in the studio, alleviating many problems which plagued previous albums. Clink was the first producer to complete a Megadeth album without being fired. The Punishment Due " and " Hangar 18 ", both of which were accompanied by music videos and became live staples.
Rust in Peace received a Grammy nomination in for Best Metal Performance ,  and was the group's third album to go platinum when certified in December The tour was considered a multi-headliner, as the three main bands alternated time slots.
Countdown to Extinction[ edit ] Countdown to Extinction's first single, " Symphony of Destruction ", has become one of Megadeth's best-known songs with its concise structure and memorable hooks.
The recording sessions for Megadeth's fifth studio album began in January at Enterprise Studios in Burbank, California. Max Norman was chosen to produce the album, as the band was pleased with his mixing of Rust in Peace. One month into the leg, the remaining shows, including dates in Japan, were canceled when Mustaine returned to substance abuse, ending up in a hospital emergency room.
The song featured the soundtrack of the film Last Action Hero and received a Grammy nomination in Youthanasia[ edit ] In early , Megadeth reunited with producer Max Norman for the follow-up to Countdown to Extinction. Mustaine insisted on recording in Arizona, but no suitable recording facility could be found. At Norman's request, the band built its own recording studio in Phoenix in a rented warehouse, later called "Fat Planet in Hangar 18".
The album's recording was video recorded and released as Evolver: The Making of Youthanasia in It debuted at number four on the Billboard and charted in several European countries. Avedon had the band members exchange their jeans and T-shirts for a more conscious appearance. Cryptic Writings[ edit ] After the extensive world tour in support of Youthanasia, Megadeth took time off late in Mustaine began work on MD.
The songwriting was closely supervised by new manager Bud Prager, who contributed musical ideas and lyrics; many lyrics and song titles were changed at his request. The album peaked at number ten on the Billboard ,  and was eventually certified gold in the United States. Its lead single, " Trust ", became Megadeth's highest charting song on the Mainstream Rock Tracks at number five,  and was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the Grammy Awards.
The album featured a diverse set of songs which the Los Angeles Times described as a "rousing balance" between older material and experimental songs.
One part was based around faster, more aggressive material, another was "radio-orientated music like Youthanasia", and the final third was more melodic. Mustaine later said that he dismissed Menza from the band because he believed the drummer had lied about having cancer. Risk[ edit ] Following the band's mainstream radio success with Cryptic Writings, Megadeth again worked with Dann Huff on its eighth studio album. The band began writing in January , supervised by manager Bud Prager, who was credited with co-writing five of the album's twelve songs.
Although its two predecessors incorporated rock elements alongside a more traditional heavy metal sound, Risk was virtually devoid of metal. It took a little bit of time to do that. The Return and was used as an entrance theme for NHL hockey games and professional wrestling events. Three months into the tour, Friedman announced his resignation from Megadeth, citing musical differences.
Megadeth put the recording on hold and toured North America during the second quarter of According to Mustaine, the departure was due to ongoing tensions with Capitol management. The Megadeth Years , with two new tracks: The band returned to the studio in October to finish its next album, The World Needs a Hero , which was near completion when Megadeth joined the Maximum Rock tour six months earlier.
Following the negative response to Risk,  Mustaine fired Bud Prager and produced the album himself. It was banned in Malaysia when the national government determined that the album's artwork was "unsuitable for the nation's youth".
Consequently, the band canceled its August 2 concert in Kuala Lumpur. The band instead played two shows in Arizona on November 16 and 17, which were filmed and released as Megadeth's first live release, Rude Awakening. Breakup[ edit ] Mustaine dissolved Megadeth in , following an arm injury that prevented him from playing guitar.
In January , Mustaine was hospitalized for the removal of a kidney stone and was administered pain medication that triggered a relapse of his drug addiction.
Following his stay, Mustaine checked himself into a treatment center in Texas, where he suffered a peculiar injury causing severe nerve damage to his left arm. He was diagnosed with radial neuropathy , which left him unable to grasp or even make a fist with his left hand. The first half of the album contains live tracks recorded at the Web Theatre in Phoenix, and the second half has studio recordings from The World Needs a Hero.
The project was put on hold when Mustaine agreed to remix and remaster Megadeth's eight-album back catalog on Capitol Records,  re-recording portions that were missing or altered without his knowledge in the original mixing.
The System Has Failed[ edit ] Megadeth's —06 lineup: Contractual obligations to the band's European label, EMI , resulted in the recording's release as a Megadeth album. Mustaine said Menza was insufficiently prepared for the physical demands of a US tour, and "it just didn't work out".
Chris Poland, who played lead guitar on Megadeth's first two albums, was hired to contribute guitar solos to the new album, working with Mustaine for the first time since the s. Poland opted to serve only as a session musician, wanting to remain focused on his jazz fusion project OHM.
Critics heralded it as a return to form; Revolver gave the album a favorable review, calling it "Megadeth's most vengeful, poignant and musically complex offering since 's Countdown to Extinction". Five days before the first show, Menza was replaced by Shawn Drover , who remained with the band as a regular member. Back to the Start , featuring remixed and remastered versions of songs chosen by fans from Megadeth's Capitol albums.
Gigantour[ edit ] James LoMenzo was Megadeth's bassist from to In mid, Mustaine organized an annual thrash metal festival tour, Gigantour. Performances at the Montreal and Vancouver shows were filmed and recorded for a live DVD-and-CD set released in the second quarter of Live in Buenos Aires in Due to licensing issues, soundtrack and non-Capitol videos were not included.
In May , Megadeth announced that its eleventh studio album, United Abominations , was near completion.
Originally scheduled for release in October, Mustaine said that the band was "putting the finishing touches on it" and postponed its release to May of the following year. I believe I have delivered. The version is a duet with Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil ; it was recorded at a slightly faster tempo than the original and contains an extended solo.