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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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Rotting Christ Added To Bloodstock Lineup

Bloodstock has added three headliners to the Sophie Lancaster stage: Rotting Christ, Sister Sin, and Satan.

A teaser trailer for the U.K. fest can be seen below, and this year's edition is set to take place on August 7th - 10th at Catton Park in Derbyshire. There are still many more bands to be announced, and the current lineup is as follows:

Ronnie James Dio stage
DOWN, EMPEROR, MEGADETH, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, SAXON, LACUNA COIL, OBITUARY, FLOTSAM & JETSAM, CROWBAR, PRIMORDIAL, LACUNA COIL, PRONG, DECAPITATED, BIOHAZARD, REVAMP, ORPHANED LAND, ABORTED, EVIL SCARECROW

Sophie Lancaster Stage
ROTTING CHRIST, SISTER SIN, SATAN More...

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David Ellefson Interview Posted Online

A new segment of "In the Vault with Shanda Golden" is now available online featuring an interview with Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. Check out the video interview in the player provided below.

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Megadeth To Play Bloodstock

The organizers of the Bloodstock festival have issued the following statement about Megadeth appearing on the bill:

"We are thrilled to announce that Megadeth is confirmed to headline the Sunday night slot at Bloodstock 2014.

"This will be the thrash icons’ first appearance at Bloodstock. In a career nearing 30 years and counting, Megadeth has sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning five consecutive platinum albums in the US and numerous accolades along the way, including 11 Grammy nominations.

"The band’s latest studio album released in June, ‘Super Collider,’ reunites firebrand frontman Dave Mustaine once again with guitarist Chris Broderick, bassist David Ellefson, and drummer Shawn Drover. The release debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 and #22 on the UK album chart and notched up Top 40 album chart debuts in a further 22 countries worldwide."

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine comments: “2014 is the 20th Anniversary for ‘Youthanasia’, and we are celebrating that by headlining the Bloodstock Festival in the glorious UK. Every year Megadeth and our UK fans get closer and celebrate another year of metal greatness together. This is the beginning of 2014...the best is yet to come."

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God Syndrome Posts Cover Tracks Online

Russian act God Syndrome has checked in with the following announcement about posting two new covers online:

"We've just recorded two nice covers to pay our respect to the Masters of metal music - Sepultura and Megadeth! We'd like to thank our friends from SBS Studio, Offbeat Deluxe studio and U Sound Works for their help in recording these covers!"

Listen to God Syndrome's versions of "Dead Embryonic Cells" by Sepultura and "Symphony of Destruction" by Megadeth below, or you can download the tracks for free at Bandcamp here. More...

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Dave Mustaine Shows Gigantour Gear

Dave Mustaine Of Megadeth teamed up with LoudGuitars.com to show off his jam room gear on the Gigantour. Check out the video clip below.

Megadeth released latest album "Super Collider" earlier this year. A video for the title track off the album can be seen at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:

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)

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Megadeth Video Interview From Sonisphere Posted

Metal XS has posted a new video interview online with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth from the Sonisphere Festival. Check it out below.

Megadeth's new album "Super Collider" is out now, and you can also watch the music video for the album's title track at this location.

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Aftershock Festival Hosting Battle Of The Bands

The first annual Ernie Ball Aftershock Battle Of The Bands will be held from August 12th -September 6th, 2013. Bands can enter the competition--and fans can vote for their favorite band--at this location.

The grand prize winner of this unsigned band competition will have the opportunity to perform on the Ernie Ball Stage on Sunday, September 15th at Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival held September 14th and 15th at Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento, CA.

The top 100 “Buzz Rated” bands that sign up for the Ernie Ball Aftershock Battle Of The Bands will be eligible to win. A panel of judges will choose the winner of this global search for the best undiscovered rock band. The winning band will be announced on Monday, September 9th, 2013.

Ernie Ball will provide the winning band with an all-expense paid trip to the festival in Sacramento, CA and an Ernie Ball Music Man endorsement.

To enter the Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands, bands must complete a short informational profile and upload at least one MP3 to the Battle Of The Bands website. Entrants should use the Band Promotional Toolkit provided in their profile after logging in to promote their entry on the web and drive fans to vote.

"Buzz Rating" is a proprietary system developed by Ernie Ball that gives a real time snap shot of each band's overall exposure level. The system takes into account both viral reach and real world factors that produce a 1-100 rating system giving a reading on each band's relevance within the industry. “Buzz Rating” also calculates fan votes as an overall percentage of each band’s rating. In order to boost “Buzz Rating,” bands should be sure their profile is complete with a valid link to their public Facebook profile.

The daily band performance lineup for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival is as follows: More...

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Megadeth Posts "Super Collider" Video

Megadeth has released a new music video for the title track to new album "Super Collider," which can be viewed below. The album's track listing is as follows:

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)

In other news, Megadeth was recently covered in our Sunday Old School column, and the ever amusing Mega-Dave of course recently made waves with his unique way with words.

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Testament And More Added To Aftershock Fest

An expanded band lineup has been announced for the second annual Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival.

Additions to the Northern California summer rock festival - September 14 and 15 at Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento - include Sunday co-headliner Five Finger Death Punch, along with Testament, Filter, Miss May I, Thousand Foot Krutch, Love And Death, We As Human, Eye Empire, Gemini Syndrome, Girl On Fire, and Butcher Babies.

"We're excited to take the new albums out on the road so fans can hear some of the new music live,” says Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody. “And what better way to kick off our fall tour than with a massive festival like Aftershock?"

The updated daily band performance lineup for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival is as follows:

Saturday, September 14
Korn, Megadeth, Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, Buckcherry, Testament, In This Moment, Steel Panther, P.O.D., Pop Evil, Thousand Foot Krutch, Otherwise, Love And Death, We As Human, Heaven’s Basement, Girl On Fire, Nothing More

Sunday, September 15:
Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, A Day To Remember, Asking Alexandria, Halestorm, HIM, Falling In Reverse, All That Remains, Filter, Device, Miss May I, SOiL, Airbourne, Eye Empire, Gemini Syndrome, Butcher Babies, Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands Winner TBA

Bands will perform one of the festival’s three stages: Monster Energy Main Stage East, Monster Energy Main Stage West and the Ernie Ball Stage. Details and ticket info can be found at this location.

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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.

Visit this location for the most up-to-date festival information. More...

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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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