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by Chuck Eddy

May 22, 2013

Megadeth's Universe

by Chuck Eddy  |  May 22, 2013

At least 20 humans have passed through Megadeth during the band's three-decade existence. Dave Mustaine's been up front since the start, obviously, but 15 other guys have actually played on the thrash squad's 14 studio albums, from Killing Is My Business … And Business Is Good in 1985 to the imminent new Super Collider. And before, during or after, several of those fellows have also recorded as members of other bands. Here they are!

Take the current lineup, for instance. Bassist David Ellefson (in Megadeth 1983-2002 and then 2010-present) has also recorded solo, as well as with Angels of Babylon, Knight Fury, Temple of Brutality and F5, the latter also featuring former Megadeth drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Megadeth 1998-2002). Current bassist Shawn Drover (2004-present) previously did a several-year stint in Toronto power-metal ensemble Eidolon with his guitarist brother Glen (Megadeth 2007-2008). And current guitarist Chris Broderick (2008-present) banged riffs for Colorado power-metal team Jag Panzer for four albums.

As for other ex-Megadethers: Early guitar guy Chris Poland (Megadeth 1984-1987) has recorded three solo albums and played in Damn the Machine. Mid-period guitar guy Marty Friedman (1990-1999) has recorded a dozen or so Marty Friedman albums, three of which also feature drummer Nick Menza (1989-1998) -- who has also pounded skins for Von Skeletor and Rhoads. Guitarist Al Pitrelli (2000-2002) is a current member of Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Van Helsing's Curse, and he also played for Dee Snider's '90s foursome Widowmaker: Very busy! And bassist James Lomenzo (2006-2010) includes not only Megadeth on his resumé, but also Black Label Society, Pride & Glory and Rondinelli. Applicable tracks from all those bands show up on this playlist. Unfortunately, MD.45, Dave Mustaine's mid-'90s side project with Lee Ving of Fear, was unavailable. But hey, who needs them anyway, right?

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