Welcome to Dissected, the place we disassemble a band’s catalog, primarily based on the precise science of non-public opinion, late night time debates, and the love of music. On this installment, we rank Megadeth’s discography to date.
The origin of Megadeth is a story of redemption for its central determine, Dave Mustaine. After being fired from Metallica for his erratic conduct and substance abuse, Mustaine was left to his personal units. He fashioned Megadeth as his new songwriting outlet, filling out the lineup with alternative musicians who may execute his songs and concepts.
All through the band’s profession, Mustaine has been the central pressure behind a revolving-door solid of guitarists, drummers, and bassists. He surrounds himself with those that can obtain his imaginative and prescient for the band. As Mustaine goes, Megadeth goes.
From their early years within the mid ’80s taking part in fiery thrash, the band moved to progressive metallic epics with the assistance of lead shredder Marty Friedman, writing a few of the most iconic heavy metallic songs of all-time. By no means content material with stagnating, Mustaine would once more shift the band towards a extra various radio-friendly sound within the late ’90s. The change drew ire from longtime followers who’d grown accustomed to Megadeth’s extra excessive pace metallic, particularly in comparison with the business shift made by the band’s inevitable rivals Metallica. Whereas the trajectory of every band’s profession share parallels, Mustaine turned Megadeth right into a monolithic heavy metallic establishment and model unbiased of his previous band.
In 2019, Mustaine was recognized with throat most cancers, however after finishing therapies, he was again on the highway and able to document new music quickly after. This persistence and inventive work ethic defines Megadeth, who’ve launched 16 albums over their profession, together with their most up-to-date effort, 2022’s The Sick, the Dying… and the Useless! Whereas it wasn’t a straightforward job, Heavy Consequence took on the problem of rating the band’s colossal discography, retracing the profession of the thrash metallic legends. — Jon Hadusek