MEGADETH IS OUR JULY ARTISTS OF THE MONTH!
Thoughout his decades long career Dave Mustaine and company have seen it's share of ups and downs, different members, and both praise and jeers. Mustaine and bassist Dave Ellefson have survived the “Satanic Panic” of the 80’s, the constant comparison to Metallica, and many other controversies. Each time the entity of Megadeth has always persevered.
With their current lineup and the seniority of becoming one of The Big 4 in heavy metal, Megadeth is in a position where they deservedly stand on their own without comparison. Even in the face of being diagnosed with throat cancer, Mustaine still goes to work in the studio writing and recording the upcoming album. The fact that the band have survived what most musicians couldn't, we are proud to announce that Megadeth is our July artists of the month!
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The history of megadeth
Mustaine's musical roots began early on listening to AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, and took form in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal when he co-founded Metallica. Megadeth emerged in 1985 at the forefront of the thrash/speed metal scene with their seminal debut KILLING IS MY BUSINESS...AND BUSINESS IS GOOD (recently recognized by VH1 as the "Greatest Thrash Metal Debut Album of All Time"), and continued on a blistering path of albums and tours throughout the decade. The nickname "world's state-of-the-art speed metal band" and the critic-coined "intellectual thrash metal" were often used to describe Megadeth's sound, referring to Mustaine's niche for angry, witty, intelligent lyrics about topics like politics, drugs and war, fused with aggressive, intricate guitar structures and a jazz-influenced rhythm section.
With a string of five consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums Megadeth became one of the biggest bands of the mid-‘80s and ‘90s, boasting such arena anthems as PEACE SELLS...BUT WHO'S BUYING? (The opening bassline was used as the theme for MTV News for years afterward), "Holy Wars… The Punishment Due", "Symphony of Destruction" and "Sweating Bullets", along with the top singles in 1997/98 off CRYPTIC WRITINGS, "Trust" (No. 1 radio track), "Almost Honest", "Use the Man" and "A Secret Place". In all, the band has scored five Top 10 albums and two Top 5 releases.
The 90's saw a change in Megadeth's sound with the polished and commercial multi-platinum release COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION, which skyrocketed them into multi-platinum success and MTV stardom.
After a brief hiatus early in the 2000s, Mustaine triumphantly returned with a comeback album, a heavy metal festival called Gigantour and a new display of prodigious musicians to back him. The band's legacy continued with 2009s critically acclaimed ENDGAME, debuting at #9 on the Billboard charts and 2010s multi-platinum THE BIG FOUR: LIVE FROM SOFIA, BULGARIA featuring the "Big Four" of 1980s thrash metal—Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax.
The band's latest album, 2016's DYSTOPIA, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and drew international acclaim from critics and fans. It was featured in several Best Albums lists from leading music magazines, including Rolling Stone's "20 Best Metal Albums of 2016" (No. 6); Revolver's "Top 20 Metal Albums of 2016" (No. 2); and Loudwire's "20 Best Albums of 2016" (No. 12) and "Best Metal Songs of 2016" (No. 2) for the title track, "Dystopia". The album's blistering title track also earned Megadeth the year's GRAMMY® Award for Best Metal Performance.
In June 2019 Dave Mustaine announced on social media that he had been diagnosed with Throat Cancer.
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Metalhead World would like to extend our well wishes in Dave Mustaine having a full and speedy recovery in kicking Cancer's ass! We also send good energy to the other members, friends and family!
Special thanks to Dave Ellefson for the shoutout for our tribute!