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Year of birth : 1983

Age: 32 year

Place of birth : San Francisco, USA

Citizenship : United States


American thrash metal band, leader, frontman and songwriter Dave Mustaine that is. The band was formed in 1983 after Mustaine left Metallica and has since released eleven studio albums, three mini - albums and two kontsertnyh.Megadeth is one of the most commercially successful thrash metal bands, having sold over 20 million albums worldwide including nominated for "Grammy" multi-platinum album Countdown to Extinction. In the United States alone, Megadeth has received four platinum albums, six gold albums and seven nominations for the prize " Grammy " for best music performer in the genre of " heavy metal ". The group disbanded in 2002 after Mustaine seriously injured radial nerve, but, having physiotherapy ,Mustaine in 2004 restored the group, which in the same year released the album The System Has Failed, which started on the 18th place in the charts of Billboard magazine popular albums.

For twenty-one years of active work in Megadeth officially involved nineteen musiciansand only Dave Mustaine remains the leader of the group even with the first composition and main songwriter. Megadeth, along with the band Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer called "Big Four" thrash metal.

early years

In the summer of 1983 a few months after lead guitarist Dave Mustaine was fired from Metallica`s because of problems with alcohol ,drugs and conflict with other musicians, he together with bassist David Ellefson, guitarist and drummer Greg Hendevidtom Didzhonom Carruthers created by Megadeth. Later, Mustaine said: " After his discharge from Metallica, all I remember - his thirst for blood. Their blood. I would like to make more rapid and heavy music than they are. " Mustaine ,driven by the desire for revenge added music Megadeth power, increasing the speed of existing songs, for example, "Mechanix", that early Metallica performed at a slower tempe.Posle nearly six months of unsuccessful search for a singer Mustaine decided to independently engage the lead vocal, as well as the main author songs and music groups ,as well as the rhythm guitarist. Carruthers was soon replaced by drummer Lee Rausch, and guitarist Greg Hendevidt left the band in late 1983 and founded his own, Kublai Khan. Early in 1984 Megadeth recorded a demo of three songs ("Last Rites / Loved to Death", "Skull Beneath the Skin" and "Mechanix") composed of: Mustaine, Ellefson, and Rausch. There is also a Megadeth Kerry King joined as a second guitarist (known for Slayer), who played with the band at concerts, while he looks for a permanent replacement. After a few performances in 1984, Lee Rausch was replaced by drummer Gar Samuelson. Thanks to its three demo songs the group was able to sign a contract with the New York-based independent record label Combat Records, and in December, the group finally got a second guitarist Chris Poland, a friend of Gar.

Killing Is My Business. .. And Business Is Good

In early 1985, the group received $ 8 ,000 by Combat Records to record and release their debut album. However, after they have spent half of that amount on drugs and alcohol, the band were forced to fire his producer and engage the release of the album on their own. Despite this, the album Killing Is My Business. .. And Business Is Good !, released May 1985 ,It was well received and was a mixture of thrash metal, speed metal and punk rock.

The album was presented the first of many cover songs, performed Megadeth - version of the classic songs of Nancy Sinatra "These Boots Are Made For Walking" in the style of speed metal with the words, number of altered Mustaine. Later, around this song sparked controversy ,when the author of the original, Li Hezlvud, called the changes made by Mustaine " disgusting and offensive " and demanded that the song removed from the album. Under the threat of prosecution in 1995 he published the album without the song, but in 2002 the album was re-released with the cover version, but changed the words have been replaced by the sound of " beep". In the summer of 1985, the band first went to a concert tour in the United States and Canada in support of Killing Is My Business. .. with Exciter group. During the tour, new guitarist Chris Poland abruptly left Megadeth and was promptly replaced before the end of the tour, Mike Albert. Poland`s back in the band October 1985 ,shortly before the start of work on the second album. When two Dave - one Mustaine (Dave Mustaine), a different Ellefson (Dave Ellefson) - made from drum machines Nick Meta (Nick Menza) drummer and took into its ranks Marty Friedman guitarist, new composition, said that " now the chain is not weak units. " Acting as a single entity ,the band recorded the album "Rust in Peace" 1990. During the recording of the album Marty found that in the group rhythmic MEGADETH both parties are exactly the same, in contrast to when a guitarist plays a high inversion of the chord, which is parallel to the other plays. Initially Friedman thought it was some kind of freak ,but when he tried to play it together with Dave Mustaine, I realized how powerful is starting to sound a general rhythm part.

Peace Sells. .. But Who`s Buying?

The second album of Megadeth, finished in March 1986, again received from Combat Records modest budget. In addition, the group was dissatisfied with the result of the recording mix. As a result, izdissatisfaction with constant financial problems of a small independent label, Megadeth signed a contract with a large company Capitol Records, which bought the rights to the new album. The label hired Paul Leni producer to re -mix album. And in November 1986, almost a year after the start of recording ,Capitol Records released Peace Sells. .. But Who`s Buying? It was an undoubted commercial success for Megadeth: more than one million copies have been sold in America alone.

All Music Guide Magazine called Peace Sells. .. " one of the most influential thrash metal albums of the decade. " On the title track "Peace Sells" removed the clip ,which is regularly broadcast on MTV in the "Headbangers Ball" gear. The song took 11th place in the hit parade " 40 Greatest Metal Songs" on VH1. And yet the melody of this song for many years was used as a music on hold before the news on MTV.On the album, Peace Sells. .. But Who`s Buying? He demonstrated his ability and artist Ed Repka (known for his work with many metal bands, including Death and Toxic Holocaust). He not only altered old logo mascot Group (Vic Rattlehead), but also designed the next few albums.In February 1987 Megadeth act opening for Alice Cooper during "Constrictor" tour, which followed a brief tour supporting Mercyful Fate in the US. Cooper just noticed that Megadeth are addicted to heavy drugs and alcohol, and in a friendly way to help them control their "demons". Since then, they became closer ,Mustaine and even Cooper believes his godfather. Later Megadeth doing a cover of a song "No More Mr. Nice Guy " for the soundtrack to the film " Shocker ". In March this year, the UK group starts headlining their first world tour in the company of bands like Overkill and Necros.

After the final round in Hawaii, in July 1987 ,because of problems with the drug Gar Samuelson and Chris Poland were fired from the group. Mustaine claimed that Samuelson can not control when he was drunk. To replace it, just in case even invited drummer Chuck Belair, as there were fears that during the last rounds Samuelson will simply not be able to go on stage. Mustaine said that Poland`s group sold the equipment to meet their ever increasing need for drugs. This song was written "Liar". First, Poland`s was replaced by Jay Reynolds of Malice, but his group was working on the recording of the album. Then, Reynolds was replaced by his guitar teacher Jeff Young,who joined in the six weeks to record their third album with Megadeth together.

So Far, So Good. .. So What!

With a major label recording budget, and producer Paul Lani behind the board, Megadeth spent five months recording for their third album, So Far, So Good. .. So What! there were difficulties in the beginning of the process ,partly related to the ongoing struggle with drug addiction Mustaine. Later, he said : "The result was terrible, mostly because of drugs and priorities that have nasbyli or that we did not have time. " Mustaine clashes also occurred with Lanie, began bythe latter insisted on recording the drums separately from the plates (unheard of for rock drummers) . In the process of mixing Mustaine and Lani had a falling out, and Lani was replaced by producer Michael Wagener, who remix album.

In January 1988, Megadeth released So Far, So Good. .. So What !, which has not yet gone platinum in the US ,He has been attacked critics who claimed that " the album lacks a unified conceptual and raisins " and that it " aims to sound threatening, but mostly sounds like a tense and somewhat immature. " So Far, So Good. .. So What! contained single "In My Darkest Hour" (Music,written by Dave Mustaine as a tribute to the deceased group Metallica bassist Cliff Burton. Song welcomed the fans and performed since then in almost every concert. So Far, So Good. .. So What! also included a cover of Sex Pistols "Anarchy In The UK" with altered words Mustaine (later he admitted that he heard them bad) . In June 1988 Megadeth poyalvlyayutsya in the documentary Penelope Sferis The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years, which is chronologically described the LA metal scene of the late `80s, the emphasis focusing on glam metal.On "In My Darkest Hour" Penelope Sferis clip was filmed (for her works also belong clips "Wake Up Dead" and "Anarchy In The UK"), which is shown at the end of the film. In 1991 Rusted Pieces Mustaine recalls the movie as a disappointment, which leveled Megadeth with " a herd of shit bands ".

Megadeth began a world tour in support of So Far,So Good. .. So What !, opening for Dio in Europe in February 1988, and later joined to Iron Maiden tour in support of their Seventh Son of a Seventh Son in the United States. In light of growing concerns with drummer Chuck Belair, Mustaine asked drummer Nick Menza work drum technician. As with previous techniques Gar Samuelson ,Menza was to be ready to sit for the installation if Belair will not be able to continue the tour.

In August 1988, Megadeth performed at the festival Monsters Of Rock in Castle Donnington in the UK, alongside Kiss, Iron Maiden, Helloween, Guns N` Roses, and David Lee Roth in front of an audience of over 300,000 people. Soon the group joined the European tour "Monsters Of Rock", but dropped out after the first concert. After a while, Dave Mustaine fired Belair Chuck and Jeff Young, and struck them out of the planned Australian tour. He later recalled: " On the road, the little skirmish grow into full-scale war, I think ,many of us have been inconsistent because of Man, we`ve been waiting after the concert. "

In July 1989, Nick Menza was hired instead of Belair. Unable to find a suitable time lead guitarist, Mustaine has recorded a cover of "No More Mr. Mice Guy " Alice Cooper in the trio. The song appeared on the soundtrack to the horror movie Shocker Wesley Craven. When the band auditioned new candidates for the lead guitarist in the summer of 1989, Mustaine was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and possession of drugs when he crashed into a parked vehicle occupied by the police who are not on duty. The court decided to begin soon forced rehabilitation, and Dave for the first time judged sober for ten years.

Rust In Peace

After Mustaine is advertised on the recruitment of a new guitarist in the band. At the hearing attended by a big mass of famous and not so guitarists, but Marty Friedman (previously played in a band Vixen, Hawaii,Cacophony) was out of the competition. Doukomlektovav group Nick Menza (ex- technician shock group) guys honored for recording a new album Rust In Peace, which was destined to become a sensation. The album surpassed all expectations of fans. It was this album was the first metal album, in 1990, the prestigious Grammy Award. Marty Friedman brought to the new songs ideas that failed to implement in Cacophony. The sound on this album has shifted from the trash to the speed- metal songs are more melodic and song Holy Wars. .. and Hangar 18 has become one of the group of business cards, without which one can not do not live to this day.

HeritageMegadeth albums have sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Eight albums of the band at various times included in the US hits 40 best albums ; 18 singles entered the American charts top 40 singles. Megadeth seven times nominated for "Grammy" and are one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time. Together with groups Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer Megadeth is part of the so-called " Big Four " thrash metal, yielding sales and commercial success only Metallica.

The album Peace Sells. .. But Who`s Buying? is considered an important event in the history of thrash metal, All Music Guide calls it " one of the most important metalalbums of the decade and one of the truly defining albums of thrash metal "and " one of the best albums of metal of all time. " In May 2006, VH1 channel set composition "Peace Sells" on the 11 th position in the charts 40 Greatest Songs of metal.

In 2004, Guitar World magazine gave Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman 19first place in the list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of heavy metal of all time.

As one of the pioneers of thrash metal band Megadeth influenced the development of the extreme metal movement in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Many well-known metal groups, including Pantera, Arch Enemy, Lamb of God, In Flames, Machine Head,Trivium and Avenged Sevenfold, called Megadeth among the masterminds of his music.

Popular culture

Mentions Megadeth present in many films and television shows, including "The Simpsons ," " Mad About You ," " The Drew Carey Show ," " The X-Files " and "Duck Dodgers" (in one of the episodes of the animated series, In Space,Nobody Can Hear You Rock 2005, the group is present in the form of cartoon characters.) Megadeth is mentioned in the comedy film, 1993 " Wayne`s World 2 ," where Honey Horney (Kim Basinger) asks Garth (Dana Carvey) "Do not you want to listen to music ? " On which Garth responds, "Do you have any Megadeth?".The group is also mentioned in the movie 1991 " The Adventure Bill & Ted ", where during a stay of the main characters in Hell, Bill (Alex Winter) says " Ted, you know, if I die, you can pick up a my collection of Megadeth ".

In the 1990s, the Russian MP Vyacheslav Marychev appeared at meetings of the State Duma in the T-shirt " Megadet "perfectly visible from under the wide-open jacket.

Megadeth Songs included on the soundtrack to " Electroshock ", " The Adventure Bill & Ted ," " Last Action Hero ", " Knight - demon ", " Superbratya Mario " and " Universal Soldier : The Return ," and the band`s music sounds more computer games. The song Peace Sells sounds on the radio V-Rock in the game in 2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and in 2003 the game True Crime: Streets of LA. Symphony of Destruction is present in video games on the platform Playstation 2 - Guitar Hero and WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006. Also, it can be heard in Flatout 2, released on the PC.A special version of Hangar 18, the composition sounds in another game on the PS2 - Guitar Hero II. Impressed by the video game Gears of War (Xbox 360 came out in 2007 and in 2008 on the PC) Megadeth wrote a song of the same name, which was released on the album United Abominations.

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