Megadeth have been cranking out world-class thrash and heavy metal for over three decades now, but while they’ve rarely wavered from their originally established musical path, band leader Dave Mustaine is widely known to be a very complex character, to say the least.

Growing up in Southern California and coming of age in the late ‘70s, Mustaine absorbed much of the era’s essential hard rock discography and some of its more obscure items. He also dabbled in less obvious styles as his musical tastes matured, keeping Megadeth's music fresh with the help of these almost subliminal influences.

So get ready to learn about 10 Bands Who Influenced Megadeth in the words of the group’s mastermind himself.

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