It’s Metal Wednesday and continuing my Top 5 countdown at #3 is a band that needs no further introduction other than:
Left to Right: Dave Mustaine, Gar Samuelson, Chris Poland and Dave Ellefson
Born out of the firing of guitarist Dave Mustaine from Metallica, Megadeth have proven that they have what it takes to cement their spot in thrash metal history. The band have released 15 studio albums to date and are known for their technical style of playing which includes complex arrangements and fast rhythm sections.
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has never been shy to speak his mind on anything and many of their classic songs including “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying”, “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due” and “Hangar 18” to name a few, reflect issues such as war, politics and religion. Now a born again Christian, Mustaine has said that certain songs from their catalog going forward would be left out of their live sets.
Megadeth has had several lineup changes over their career, including Dave Mustaine dissolving Megadeth for awhile while he recovered from a hand injury. Dave Ellefson also left the band for eight years due to personal and professional differences and sued Dave Mustaine in 2004. Mustaine countersued and the case was settled out of court, however both have patched up their differences and Ellefson rejoined the band. Currently the band, which includes original members Dave Mustaine and Dave Ellefson, along with Kiko Loureiro on guitar and Dirk Verbeuren on drums are slated to record a new album sometime later this year with an early 2019 release planned.
Can you put a price on peace?
Don’t forget to stop by for Friday’s Metal Rewind and I’ll reveal my #2 favorite next Wednesday!! Keep it METAL!!!