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The American group from Los Angeles, Carlifornia was formed in 1983. The heavy metal band which currently has 13 studio albums to their name was formed by David Ellefson and Dave Mustaine. The band is also ranked among the ‘Big Four of Thrash’ alongside Metalllica, Anthrax and Slayer.
The group has been attributed to having influenced the development of the thrash metal genre alongside its counterparts of the Big Four. The group’s lyrics are known to revolve around various themes such as politics, addiction, religion, war and many other popular topics. The group has over the years produced their studio albums under Roadrunner, Sanctuary, Capital and currently Combat records.
The group has had six of their thirteen studio albums platinum or multi-platinum certified and has sold over 40 million copies worldwide. Metallica produced their debut album ‘Killing is My Business… and Business is Good’ themselves in 1985. The album was well received by metal fans. The group went on to produce 12 other studio albums with ‘Super Collider’ (released in 2013) being their most recent studio album. These albums have led to a total of eleven Grammy nominations but the group has yet to receive an award.
The group has performed alongside Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer in the ‘Big Four’ shows with the initial show being on 16th June 2010. The performance was at the Bernowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland.
The group is still going strong though it has had at least 20 individuals perform as part of the group since its inception to date. This has not been without numerous controversies with Dave Mustaine being at the centre of most of the controversies. The current members of the group are Dave Mustaine, Chris Broderick, Shawn Drover and David Ellefson. In December 2012 the group announced that they had started recording their fourteenth album and it is due to be released around summer of 2013.