The final member of the Big 4 of Thrash for me to write about, Megadeth are often considered the more technically proficient of the four. Dave Mustaine’s writing and playing style, while still rooted in thrash, leans more into speed and complex compositions.
Megadeth’s sound has always been elaborate in structure, and often dealing in larger themes, such as war and government. This has always made them a unique presence in the Big 4, and in thrash in general. The specifics of Mustaine’s playing style have often been cited as a particular influence metal to bands that followed, and helped introduce more extreme metal to the mainstream.
With Mustaine’s instantly-recognisable snarl, and lightning fast guitar work, Megadeth very quickly made a name for themselves. Their second album, “Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?” is widely regarded as one of the most influential thrash metal times of all time, but the band saw even bigger acclaim with 1990’s ‘Rust in Peace’.
Like some of their peers, Megadeth shifted towards are more traditional heavy metal sound, and then hard rock, for a period in the 90s. They have, however, made a triumphant return to the thrash sound they helped pioneer in the last 15 years.
Megadeth have continued to be a powerful force in heavy metal, realising a steady stream of well received albums and touring the world. As they prepare to release their sixteenth album, ‘The Sick, the Dying… and the Dead!’, we again prepare for a big heavy slice of kick ass thrash metal.