Cross-pollination: The Popdose Guide to Megadeth

I want to blame writer’s block for the fact that it took me a few years to finally write my promised guide to thrash metal legends Megadeth, but that’s not really true. I think the real reason is that after the band’s glory days ended in the mid-’90s I just sort of lost track of them. I moved on to progressive rock and then later to jazz and just didn’t have a lot of time for Dave Mustaine and company. And all those lineup changes didn’t help either.

I Megadeth al Gods of Metal 2007
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So writing this guide for Popdose was as much about reconnecting with one of my favorite bands from back in the day as it was about writing an article. And lo and behold, I got a lot out of it. I rediscovered some great metal albums and learned that Megadeth is far from a spent creative force. Their 2004 album, The System Has Failed, is actually really damn good. I’d go as far to say it’s their best since Countdown to Extinction.

The first part of my guide is up now on Popdose and the second part runs next week. Whether or not you’re a fan, I urge you to check them out!

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