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Insider Special Report – Megadeth Albums Ranking Before 1999

By: Kirill Naumov

Photo by Adan Salazar

After being fired from Metallica in 1983, songwriter and awesome guitar player, Dave Mustaine, created new band called Megadeth with the intention to become “the world’s state of the art of speed metal band”. Along with Slayer, Anthrax, and Metallica, Megadeth was responsible for creating metal as we know it today. For me the “Golden age” for Megadeth was from the moment of forming the band until 1999 when they were forced to change style to stay onstage. In that period they released six studio albums and today I’m going to rank them in ascending order of greatness…

#6 – Killing is My Business… and Business is Good!

The first album by Megadeth. It is a true metal album, but has sloppy guitars, a low-quality of recording, and almost no complexity at all compare to future albums.

#5 – Youthanasia

The sixth album came out even more pop than the previous one, with no complexity in its songs, almost no meaning in its lyrics, but, I have to admit, it is catchy. The quality of the recording is also good, and it’s a pleasure to listen to.

#4 – So Far, So Good… So What!

The third album was a not as good as the second one, but still rocks. The album’s themes are nuclear holocaust and freedom of speech. It is not only interesting to listen to, but you can also play along with it. There is a variety of good things like guitar melodies and engaging lyrics that will catch your attention and have the songs stuck in your head for days to come.

#3 – Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?

Finally, we get to the top three.The band’s second album, along with Metallica’s Master of Puppets, is considered by many to be the some of the best metal albums ever written. The songs have deep meaning, complexity, and catchy rhythms.

#2 – Countdown to Extinction

The band’s fifth album, Countdown to Extinction, was intended to appeal to a huge audience beyond just metal fans. It succeeded in its purpose. With less heavy melodies, the band made it more acceptable for people to listen to compared to the previous album.

#1 – Rust In Peace

And at the top of our list is Rust in Peace,  the fourth album by Megadeth. This album is known everywhere where metal exists. The themes of this album are politics, religion, warfare, and UFO Conspiracy theories. It is also a really heavy metal sounding album.

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