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Formed: 1983
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
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Below is our complete Megadeth news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Sunday Old School: Megadeth

With their new album, "Super Collider" having hit the shelves this past week, today seemed like the best possible time to take a look at one of the biggest and most controversial names in the history of thrash metal, Megadeth. Everyone and their dog knows that the seeds of Megadeth were sewn in 1983 when Metallica sacked their aggressive guitarist, Dave Mustaine, right before they were scheduled to record their first album, "Kill 'em All." They sent Mustaine back to California from New York on a bus, where he sat and furiously plotted to form a new band which would be faster and nastier than Metallica. While he was on the bus, he found a pamphlet which contained the phrase, "The arsenal of megadeath can’t be rid no matter what the peace treaties come to." Liking the sound of the word, "megadeath," he chose it as one of the first song titles for his new group, which was formed a few weeks later under the name, Fallen Angels, though this was changed soon after to Megadeth at the suggestion of the band’s original singer, Lor Kane. Mustaine and bass player, David Ellefson auditioned a number of drummers, singers and guitarsts throughout the forging of Megadeth, most notably Slayer guitarist, Kerry King, who performed a handful of shows with the group before deciding to concentrate on his own band, much to the disappointment of Mustaine.

Eventually, Mustaine decided to handle the vocal duties himself and they hired fusion drummer, Gar Samuelson before landing a record deal with Combat Records, after which they finally found a second guitarist in Chris Poland, who knew Samuelson from their time together in the jazz fusion outfit, The New Yorkers. The group received eight thousand dollars advance from Combat to record their debut album and were forced to produce the record themselves after spending a large chunk of it on drugs and alcohol. The result, "Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good," was a success, selling well for an independent release, being hailed as a thrash metal classic and gaining the attention of major label, Capitol, who would sign the band after they were unhappy with the initial recording of their second album, which Capitol also bought the rights to. This sophomore effort, "Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?" was finally released in 1986 and would prove to be their breakthrough and is now considered to be amongst the top thrash albums ever, along with "Master of Puppets" by Metallica and "Reign in Blood," by Slayer, both of which were also released in 1986. The title track from the album was made into a music video, a first for Megadeth and was a popular choice on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball show. The success of the album allowed them to tour with other established acts such as King Diamond and Alice Cooper, the latter of which once summoned the group to his bus one night to warn them of their drug habits. More...

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Just For Fun

Dave Mustaine: I've Got A Big Cock For Your Face

At a live show last night in Manchester, thrash act Megadeth briefly stopped the show due to technical problems, which apparently caused a fan to begin booing. Footage of Mustaine's response can be seen below, courtesy of YouTube user Tedthecamera.

Is this good old classic "metal as fuck" Dave, or new "what the sweet Jesus are you thinking" Dave? You decide!

In related news, Megadeth just released new album "Super Collider." Check out two tracks from the album at this location.

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Megadeth Streaming Two New Tracks

On the cusp of releasing new album "Super Collider" (due out June 4th), Megadeth has now posted two new tracks online from the release.

You can check out "The Blackest Crow" at Rollingstone.com and "Built For War" via Grammy.com (both tracks are also available below).

The new album's track listing is:

1. Kingmaker
2. Super Collider
3. Burn!
4. Built for War
5. Off the Edge
6. Dance in the Rain
7. The Beginning of Sorrow
8. The Blackest Crow
9. Forget to Remember
10. Don't Turn Your Back...
11. Cold Sweat (Thin Lizzy cover) More...

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Monster Energy Aftershock Fest Details Announced

The second annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival has expanded to a full weekend in 2013. The fest will take place September 14th and 15th at Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento, CA.

The Aftershock Festival will feature two main stages, with headlining appearances from Avenged Sevenfold and Korn, as well as a special additional headliner to be announced on July 1st.

The lineup also includes Shinedown, Megadeth, Papa Roach, Volbeat, A Day To Remember, HIM, Skillet, Buckcherry, Halestorm, Asking Alexandria, In This Moment, All That Remains, Falling In Reverse, Device, Steel Panther, P.O.D., Pop Evil, Otherwise, Airbourne, SOiL, Heaven's Basement, Nothing More, and many others.

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Bleed From Within To Support Megadeth

After supporting Testament in March and doing a U.K. headlining tour, Bleed From Within has just been confirmed as direct support for the upcoming Megadeth tour in the U.K. in June.

The band is psyched about joining the metal legends on tour and comments: "We are very proud to announce that we will be supporting Megadeth on all their UK dates from June 3rd - 6th. We are truly honored to be on stage with one of the Big Four and we cannot wait to bring more of the new songs to these big venues. Bring it on!"

Bleed From Within is touring in support of latest album "Uprising" that was released via Century Media Records in March. Dates are as follows:

Supporting Megadeth
03.06.2013 (UK) Newcastle - O2 Academy Newcastle
04.06.2013 (UK) Glasgow - O2 Academy Glasgow
05.06.2013 (UK) Manchester - Manchester Academy
06.06.2013 (UK) London - O2 Academy Brixton

Additional Bleed From Within festivals and tour dates:
01.06.2013 (UK) Dundee - Upload Festival
14.06.2013 (UK) Interlaken - Greenfield Festival
16.06.2013 (UK) Donington Park - Download Festival
06.07.2013 (D) Münster - Vainstream Rockfest
20.07.2013 (B) Dour - Dour Festival
23.07.2013 (SLO) Tolmin - Metaldays
27.07.2013 (UK) Redhill, Surrey - Robin Cooks Farm, Redfest
10.08.2013 (UK) Oxford - O2 Academy 2
11.08.2013 (UK) Bridgend - Throwfest
24.08.2013 (AT) Kapfenberg - Overdrive Encore Festival

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Megadeth Streaming New Song

After the less than positively received title track from "Super Collider" made its way online, Megadeth has now posted another track from the upcoming album release. Check out "Kingmaker" in the player below.

"Super Collider" is due out June 4th, 2013 and will also feature a guest appearance on the track "Dance in the Rain" by Dave Draiman from Disturbed/Device. Pre-orders are available at this location.

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Megadeth Posts Advance Track

Metal Injection has posted the title track from the upcoming Megadeth album "Super Collider." The album is due out on June 4th. The track was played exclusively on the syndicated metal show Full Metal Jackie recently. (Update: the original track was removed and a replacement SoundCloud stream is available below)

Dave Draiman of Disturbed/Device will also be contributing guest vocals on the "Supercollider" album track "Dance in the Rain."

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Megadeth Reveals New Album Artwork

Megadeth will be releasing new album "Super Collider" this coming June 4th, 2013. The artwork for the album has now been revealed and can be seen below.

"Super Collider" will also feature a guest appearance by David Draiman of Disturbed/Device on the track "Dance In The Rain."

Pre-orders are available over at the band's official website here. More...

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David Draiman To Guest On New Megadeth Album

The Megadeth Facebook page has been updated with the following announcement about David Draiman making a guest appearance on new album "Super Collider:"

"As if we weren't amped enough to get the new Megadeth album 'Super Collider' in June, now the disc will pack an added punch.

"David Draiman of Disturbed/Device has joined Dave Mustaine in the studio to collaborate and appears on the album as a guest vocalist on the upcoming track entitled 'Dance In The Rain.' The new album is set for release on June 4th."

David Draiman's new project Device will release a self-titled album this coming April 8th, with full details available at this location.

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Just For Fun

Dave Mustaine Meets Willie Nelson

Dave Mustaine and his family are currently in the Austin, Texas area house-hunting. Yesterday evening at a local restaurant, Dave randomly met up with music legend, Willie Nelson.

Dave tweeted, "Willie Nelson is in the restaurant I am eating at. I just met him! How cool is this???" and shortly after posted a photo of him talking to Willie about a possible guest appearance on the song "The Blackest Crow," which will be featured on Megadeth's new album, "Super Collider." More...

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Headline News

Metal Bands Lose Out To Rock At The Grammy Awards

It probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise that metal isn't well represented in the annual Grammy awards, with possibly our most noticeable wins coming from Slayer in 2007 and 2008.

This year wasn't an exception, and unfortunately there isn't much wiggle room for actual metal acts to win when hard rock and heavy metal are lumped into a single category.

None of our "Best of 2012" winners here at Metalunderground.com made the nominations, and fully heavy bands only managed to get into the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" category at the Grammy's this year. The nominees were:

"Love Bites (So Do I)" – Halestorm
"I'm Alive" – Anthrax
"Blood Brothers" (live) – Iron Maiden
"Ghost Walking" – Lamb of God
"No Reflection" – Marilyn Manson
"Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)" – Megadeth

In a move that will likely leave metal fans scratching their heads, but will please fans of the mainstream, Halestorm took home the win for "Love Bites (So Do I)." Footage of the event and Halestorm's acceptance of the Grammy can be viewed below, courtesy of Artisan News Service.

In other news of interest to hard rock and metal lovers, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails snagged a Grammy win for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" soundtrack in the category of "Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media," along with a related win for "Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package" for the same soundtrack. More...

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Megadeth Reveals New Album Title, Tour Dates

The metal heavyweights in Megadeth have today announced that they will be touring the U.K. in June of this year. They will play headline shows in Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, and London. Tickets go on sale at 9 AM on Friday, February 15th, and are available from this location.

Currently working in the studio in San Diego on a 14th studio album titled "Super Collider," Dave Mustaine, along with bassist Dave Ellefson, drummer Shawn Drover, and guitarist Chris Broderick, are looking forward to its release in June 2013. Megadeth’s "Super Collider" is the first release through Mustaine’s new label, Tradecraft, through UMe. More...

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Megadeth Posts More Studio Footage

Megadeth is currently in the studio working on a new release and has now posted another video update online.

Watch the clip below of Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson, Shawn Drover, and Chris Broderick recording tracks for album #14 at Vic's Garage studio in San Marcos, California during mid-January 2013.

This pending release will follow the band's last full-length album "Th1rt3en" (reviewed here).

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Megadeth Posts Studio Update

Megadeth has posted a brief video update online featuring Dave Mustaine, Shawn Drover, and Chris Broderick recording tracks for album #14 at Vic's Garage studio in San Marcos, California during mid-January 2013.

Check out the studio clip below. Further details on the follow-up to the "Th1rt3en" album (reviewed here) will be announced as they are made available by the band.

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Megadeth Working On New Album

After recently announcing via Twitter that Megadeth is parting ways with Roadrunner Records, Dave Mustaine has now revealed the band is officially working on a new album and follow-up to previous full-length "Th1rt3en" (reviewed here).

Dave Mustaine comments via his official Twitter account: "Johnny made it in. Record 14 is officially underway. Clips to upload tomorrow. Thrashin' time!"

Further details will be announced as they become available. In the mean time you can keep up with the band and new tour dates via Facebook here.

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Megadeth Parts Company With Roadrunner

In a brief message posted on the social networking website, Twitter, American thrash metal legends Megadeth announced that they have parted company with Roadrunner Records. The message reads as follows:

"Today marks the end of an era with Roadrunner. Hopefully we can finish strong with a Grammy."

The band has been with Roadrunner since the release of the 2007 album, "United Abomination" and then went to release two more studio albums through the label, "Endgame" in 2009 and last year's "Thirteen," the latter of which has earned a Grammy nomination for the song, "Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)"

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OpEd

Five-Minute History of Hardcore and Metal Fusion

Beefy funny man, Billy Milano once said “Skinheads and bangers and punks stand as one Crossover to a final scene.” This insight he offered on S.O.D.’s 1985 release “Speak English or Die” would serve as a rallying cry for hardcore punks and metal heads to come together. Not only did this song help create a mindset for bringing together two scenes; it also constructed a formula for the two styles to merge. Known simply as metalcore or crossover, the term came to describe how hardcore bands added metal’s solos and heft to their arrangements, while thrash absorbed the speed, attitude and brevity of hardcore to their compositions.

Milano also claimed “It’s not the way you wear your hair, it’s what’s inside of you.” Even though these words ring true twenty-seven years after publication, and so often we see the two lines blurring together, hair styles have pretty much remained the same (minus poodle hair and mullets). Short hair, often bald or spiky, is still relegated to punks, while long hair is a feature of head bangers. Regardless of attitude and opposition to the mainstream, many punks and metal heads prefer to segregate.

After hearing an inspiring hardcore/crossover album from "The Casualties" and attending festivals such as Fun Fun Fun Fest and Chaos in Tejas that mesh metal and hardcore in the last year, I felt the need to research and write an article on the history of this topic. Through the usual resource of the Internet, Ian Christe’s book “Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal” and a first person source, I hope to shed light on this phenomenon. In the following article, we will look at the interchangeable qualities of punk and metal, as well as delving into each style’s social constraints. We will look at the bands that started this movement and analyze how the art form has evolved. Ready yourself for a crash course on punk-thrash crossover movement. More...

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Dave Mustaine Accuses Obama Of Staging Shootings

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, who is no stranger to controversial statements and has repeatedly stated he doesn't believe President Obama was born in the United States, has now said he believes Obama staged the recent shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin to "pass a gun ban." Video of Mustaine making the statement can be viewed below. Dave says:

"Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban, so he's staging all of these, these murders, like the 'Fast And Furious' thing down at the border, Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there, and now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple."

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Megadeth Posts Tour Footage From Manila

Megadeth kicked off a short tour of Asia yesterday, with a concert in Manila. Bassist David Ellefson has now posted a video clip from the trek, which shows some of the band's travels through the city, a meet-and-greet with fans, and backstage rehearsals.

Check out the footage in the YouTube clip available below. Megadeth's latest album, "Th1rt3en" (reviewed here), is available everywhere now.

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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2012, Day 1

We were greeted with the first hints of summer upon arriving at Suvilahti for day one of Tuska Open air metal festival. Ahead was three full days of metal, with a lineup that would please even the trickiest of metal fans. With program guide in hand, with the most interesting acts already chosen; Day one began.

Starting the festival was Finnish thrash metallers Profane Omen. They were a perfect choice to start the weekend, and although the start time was quite early for many, Profane Omen infused the crown that arrived with enough energy to shake off even the most persistent drowsiness. Jules didn’t allow for lethargic audience members with his typical stage antics of headbanging and giving each and every song his all. They played a healthy mix of old songs and new and thus began Tuska 2012.

One thing that was quite difficult was managing take in all the festival had to offer. Having a nasty case of strep all weekend, I was lucky to be able to keep up the pit hopping and running from stage to stage to see as many acts as possible. Starting a mere 15 minutes after Profane Omen was Alcest. More...

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