Megadeth is arguably the first Speed Metal band, but is definitely one of the Big Four Thrash Metal bands (along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer). Founded by Dave Mustaine, they have released twelve studio albums, two and a half Greatest Hits albums, and six live albums. The name Megadeth is a deliberate misspelling of the word megadeath, a term coined in 1953 by RAND military strategist Herman Kahn to describe one million deaths, popularized in his 1960 book On Thermonuclear War.

They are amongst the favorite bands of Psycho Andy and Doom.

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)

Current lineup:
Dave Mustaine – lead vocals, guitar (1983–present)
Chris Broderick – guitar, backing vocals (2008–present)
James Lomenzo – bass guitar, backing vocals (2006–present)
Shawn Drover – drums, percussion (2004–present)

Former members:
David Ellefson – bass guitar, backing vocals (1983–2002)
Greg Handevidt – guitar, backing vocals (1983–1984)
Gar Samuelson – drums, percussion (1984–1987)
Chris Poland – guitar, backing vocals (1984–1987, 2004)
Mike Albert – guitar, backing vocals (1984-1985)
Chuck Behler – drums, percussion (1987–1988)
Jeff Young – guitar, backing vocals (1988–1990)
Nick Menza – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1989–1998, 2004)
Marty Friedman – guitar, backing vocals (1990–2000)
Jimmy DeGrasso – drums, percussion (1998–2002)
Al Pitrelli – guitar, backing vocals (2002–2004)
Vinnie Colaiuta – drums, percussion (2004)
Jimmy Sloas – bass guitar, backing vocals (2004)
James MacDonough – bass guitar, backing vocals (2004–2006)
Glen Drover – guitar, backing vocals (2004–2008)

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