Megadeth were formed in 1983 by Dave Mustaine, following his firing from Metallica. Hailing from L.A, Mustaine brought together a group of musicians to make music that was “Faster and heavier than Metallica”. This culminated in the release of the ‘Killing is my business…..and business is good’ debut album released in 1985.
The album received positive feedback, and combined elements of speed and thrash metal, even though the band spent half of their 8 thousand dollar budget on drugs and alcohol. Megadeth have been the pioneers of thrash and speed metal for over 25 years, with eleven albums under their belt, and sales of over 20 million.
Although Mustaine had suffered with alcohol and drug problem’s throughout the early years, Megadeth have continually churned out quality album’s which have helped create thrash metal, and influenced a generation of band’s.
After firing and re-hiring many different musicians, Mustaine brought the band back together in 2004 after a two year hiatus, and they are set to release their twelfth studio album in late 2009, which will undoubtedly cement Megadeth into the heavy metal history book’s as one of the most influential metal band’s ever.
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