It was over 30 years ago that Dave Mustaine founded Megadeth, in the process pioneering the sound that would become known the world over as thrash metal. And from the very beginning, the band proved to be the most lethal and audacious unit on the heavy music scene, pushing thrash to the limits of musical ferocity and instrumental virtuosity on early efforts like their 1985 debut, Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good! and 1986’s seminal Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?.

In the decades since, Megadeth have taken their place as one of metal’s most influential and respected acts—not to mention among its most successful: Over the course of their career, the band have sold 38 million albums, notched six consecutive platinum efforts—including 1992’s two-million-selling Countdown to Extinction—and garnered 11 Grammy nominations. And onstage they continue to be a world-dominating metal force, shaking stadiums from the U.S. to Bulgaria as a key component of the recent milestone Big 4 concerts, as well as playing their own shows to massive crowds in every corner of the globe.

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