Megadeth is an American thrash metal band led by singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine. The band is considered one of the "big four" of American thrash metal, along with Slayer, Anthrax and Metallica (Mustaine thinks that Exodus should belong in this group too). Many of the band's songs focus on politics, war, and the military.MEGADETH GENRES
Mustaine was originally a member of Metallica and has writing credits on the band's first two albums: Kill 'em All and Ride The Lightning.
Besides Mustaine on lead, Marty Friedman shared many solos within Megadeth, being noted for his specific and unique scale/solo style, and further branding the very well known sound of Megadeth through the late 80's/early 90's. He later left Megadeth.
Megadeth formed in 1983, disbanded in 2002 due to an arm injury suffered by Mustaine, and reformed in 2004. The band's lineup has changed multiple times, with only Dave Mustaine remaining constantly throughout the years (although bass player David Ellefson remained in the band from 1983 until 2002).
Megadeth's new album "United Abominations" was released 15. May 2007.
Megadeth was recently seen on Gigantour along with Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, Into Eternity, Sanctity, The SmashUp and more.
Dave Mustaine - (Lead Vocals, Lead, Rhythm, and Acoustic Guitars)
Glen Drover - (Lead, and Rhythm Guitars)
Shawn Drover - (Drums)
James LoMenzo - (Bass Guitar)
Thrash Metal (1983-1992), Heavy Metal (1994-present)
MEGADETH LYRICAL THEMES
Politics, War, History, Literature, Occultism
United States of America (San Francisco/Los Angeles, California), formed in 1983
MEGADETH CURRENT RECORD LABEL
MEGADETH CURRENT LINE-UP
Dave Mustaine - Guitars, Vocals (ex-Metallica, MD.45, ex-Panic) (1983-)
Glen Drover - Guitars (Eidolon, ex-King Diamond) (2004-)
James Lomenzo - Bass (White Lion, Zakk Wylde, ex-Black Label Society, Pride & Glory, ex-Rondinelli) (2006-)
Shawn Drover - Drums (Eidolon) (2004-)
MEGADETH PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Greg Handevidt (1983-1984) (Kublai Khan)
Kerry King (1984) (Slayer (US))
Chris Poland (1984-1987, 2004) (ex-Damn the Machine, Ohm)
Mike Albert (1985)
Jeff Young (1988)
Marty Friedman (1990-1999) (ex-Deuce (US), Vixen (US), Cacophony, Hawaii, Aikawa Nanase, guest in Animetal, guest in Tourniquet)
Al Pitrelli (2000-2002) (Savatage, Widowmaker, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, C.P.R., Dee Snider, Van Helsing's Curse, Asia)
David Warren Ellefson (1983-2002) (Avian (US), Soulfly, F5, Temple of Brutality, Killing Machine)
Jimmy Sloas (2004)
James MacDonough (2004-2006) (ex-Iced Earth, ex-Oracle (US), ex-Nevermore (Live))
Dijon Carruthers (1983)
Lee Rausch (1983-1984) (Dark Angel (US))
Gar Samuelson (R.I.P. 1958 - July 14, 1999, liver failure) (1984 - 1987) (Fatal Opera)
Chuck Behler (1988) (Erebus (US), The Meanies, Sinclair, Madaxemen, Street Elite)
Nick Menza (1988-1998, 2004) (ex-Marty Friedman, Menza, Memorain, Orphaned to Hatred, Rhoads, Von Skeletor)
Jimmy DeGrasso (1998 - 2002) (Suicidal Tendencies, MD.45, Y&T, Killing Machine, Lita Ford, Alice Cooper, White Lion)
Vinnie Colaiuta (2004)
Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil - Vocals on ``United Abominations``)