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Country United States
Style Thrash Metal
heavy metal
speed metal
Year 1983

Megadeth is an American thrash metal/heavy metal band formed in 1983 by former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine.[1] They are credited, along with Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer, with pioneering the thrash metal movement of the early to mid 80s. They are known for their technically complex guitar work and musicianship throughout their career.

Megadeth has had many guitarists, drummers and bassists throughout their career, with only Mustaine sticking through the whole time. David Ellefson, the last original member remaining in the band except for Mustaine got fired in the band in 2021 for allegations of sexual misconduct.

Megadeth has sold over 38 million copies worldwide.[2]

Current lineup

  • Dave Mustaine (guitars and vocals)
  • Kiko Louriero (guitars)
  • Dirk Verbeuren (drums)
  • James LoMenzo (bass)


  • 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)
  • Cryptic Writings (1997)
  • Risk (1999)
  • The World Needs a Hero (2001)
  • The System Has Failed (2004)
  • United Abominations (2007)
  • Endgame (2009)
  • Thirteen (2011)
  • Super Collider (2013)
  • Dystopia (2016)
  • The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead! (2022) (Upcoming)


  1. Biography as All Music Guide

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