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The Rhythm Mas­ter HIS­TORY

Dave Mustaine was a key com­po­nent in Me­tal­lica’s early days – heck, he even did all the be­tween-song ban­ter be­cause James Het­field was too shy.

When he moved on to Me­gadeth, he took thrash in a more pro­gres­sive di­rec­tion, lead­ing to one of the genre’s undis­puted clas­sics with 1990’s Rust

InPeace. Mustaine has kept Me­gadeth go­ing strong (sans a brief hia­tus) ever since with a va­ri­ety of line­ups, and re­ceived the ul­ti­mate val­i­da­tion with Me­gadeth’s first Grammy win for their 2016 Dystopia al­bum. GREAT­EST ACHIEVE­MENTS

Mustaine’s work with Me­gadeth alone earns him a key place in thrash his­tory, but we must re­mem­ber that he was also in­stru­men­tal in cre­at­ing Me­tal­lica’s gui­tar sound, teach­ing James Het­field the riffs to clas­sics like “The Four Horse­men” and “Jump In The Fire”, and work­ing with Het­field to fine-tune the palm-muted, ag­gres­sively-picked, com­plex beast that is thrash rhythm gui­tar.

With­out Mustaine’s in­flu­ence on Het­field, Me­tal­lica would sound very dif­fer­ent, and with­out Me­gadeth’s in­flu­ence on thrash, there’s no telling what mod­ern metal would sound like. WHERE TO START Jump In The Fire (Me­tal­lica but writ­ten by Mustaine) Ev­ery­thing you need to learn about early thrash gui­tar is in here. BOSS LEVEL Holy Wars . . .The Pun­ish­ment Due

The time shifts, the com­plex riffs, the wild solo­ing… “Holy Wars” still sounds state-of-the-art to­day.

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