Megadeth Merch History
On April 11, 1983, Dave Mustaine was fired from Metallica just prior to the band recording their debut album Kill ‘Em All due to substance abuse and personal conflicts with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. As Metallica’s lead guitarist since 1981, Mustaine had composed some of the group’s early songs and helped hone the band into a tight live unit. Afterward, Mustaine vowed revenge by forming a band that was faster and heavier than Metallica.
On the bus trip back to Los Angeles, Mustaine found a pamphlet by California senator Alan Cranston that read: “The arsenal of megadeath can’t be rid no matter what the peace treaties come to.” The term “Megadeath” stuck with Mustaine and he wrote a song with the spelling slightly changed to Megadeth, which, according to Mustaine, represented the annihilation of power.
Megadeth Merch Artistry
Megadeth’s sound was heavily influenced by traditional heavy metal bands such as UFO, Black Sabbath, and Budgie, the new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) bands such as Raven, Judas Priest, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Diamond Head, and Venom, and punk rock bands such as the Sex Pistols and Ramones. AC/DC, Queen, and Led Zeppelin, as well as German acts such as Scorpions and Accept, had an impact on the group’s guitar style.
Despite its punk roots, Megadeth, according to university professor Jason Bivins, followed the basic blueprint of Motörhead and Iron Maiden. He described the style as a blend of “the instrumental virtuosity of NWOBHM with the speed and aggression of hardcore punk,” with lyrical inspiration drawn from the horror-obsessed punk band Misfits. Mustaine has also stated that albums by the Beatles and David Bowie influenced him.
In 1984, the group formed in California; in 1985, they released their debut album, Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good, on Relativity; in 1986, they signed with Capitol Records and released Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?
Gold records include 1986’s Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?, 1988’s So Far, So Good… So What!, and 1990’s Rust in Peace.
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