Megadeth began in 1983 with it’s roots in thrash metal, a genre that its founder, singer/songwriter and guitarist Dave Mustaine helped pioneer. Mustaine’s musical roots began early on with AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, and took form in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal when he joined Metallica in 1982. Megadeth emerged in 1985 at the forefront of the thrash/speed metal scene with their seminal debut Killing Is My Business…and Business Is Good, and continued on a blistering path of albums and tours throughout the decade. The nickname “world’s state-of-the-art speed metal band” and the critic-coined “intelligent metal” were often used to describe Megadeth’s sound, referring to Mustaine’s niche for angry, witty, intelligent lyrics about topics like politics, drugs and war, fused with aggressive, intricate guitar structures and a jazz-influenced rhythm section. The 90’s saw a change in Megadeth’s sound with the polished and commercial Countdown To Extinction album, which skyrocketed them into multi-platinum success and MTV stardom. The incorporation of this new sound would be a trademark of every release to come, and would eventually earn them 7 Grammy nominations and 6 platinum certifications. The band’s legacy continues today with 2009’s Endgame album recorded at the band's new, self built studio Vic's Garage followed by a world tour kicking off in Auckland, New Zealand and taking the band through Australia, Japan, Canada, and the USA.