Megadeth lead guitarist Chris Broderick has left the band citing (wait for it) “artistic and musical differences.” From a message to fans on Broderick’s blog:

(I)t is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction. I appreciate the amount that you the fans have accepted and respected me for the last seven years, but it is time for me to move on. I wish Dave and everyone in Megadeth all the best.

As for “everyone in Megadeth,” that leaves the Daves, founders Mustaine and Ellefson, as drummer Shawn Drover also quit this week.

Read Chris Broderick’s complete statement at his site.

Right here.

You can't tell that's a Jackson, right?

You can’t tell that’s a Jackson, right?

From ’86 through ’97 Megadeth were a platinum album machine, cranking out six million-plus sellers in a row. This D’Addario ad comes from Guitar School, December 1995, between the Youthanasia and Cryptic Writings releases.

Compare this portrait of Dave Mustaine to the one of Johnny Winter in this ’90s D’Addario ad. Who do you think was better portrayed?

Blue Voodoo

Blue Voodoo

Here’s Marty Friedman in his Crate days. In ’96 when this ad was circulating, Marty released  the solo album True Obsessions and was on the eve of Megadeth’s Cryptic Writings.

Taken from Guitar School, June 1996.

From the Rooney Archive.

Recently ousted Queensryche frontman and founder Geoff Tate has revealed the members of his new band … Queensryche. The guitar tandem consists of onetime (and … current?) Queensryche member Kelly Gray and Glen Drover of Megadeth and King Diamond fame. According to Blabbermouth, Drover is glad to be in the fold:

(Queensryche) is a band that I grew up with and have always respected a great deal. [It] will also be great to play with the other musicians involved that I have never played with before. [I am] really looking forward to to this!

Read more and catch up on the confusion that is the dueling ‘Ryches at Blabbermouth.

Right here.

Jeff Young is collaborating with extreme metal drummer Lux Drummerette. The ex-Megadeth guitarist tells Blabbermouth the unnamed collaboration will be a fluid one:

I’m over the band concept. It’s a dinosaur… put a fork in it. We’re approaching this as a duo incoporating loops, DJs, soundscapes and assorted players per song/show/tour as needed.

Yeah, he really said, “put a fork in it.”

Read more and see a clip of Lux playing Slayer’s “Postmortem” at Blabbermouth.

Right here.

The indispensable Invisible Oranges has begun a series on Metallica’s early albums. Starting at the beginning, thus far they’ve done in depth analyses of Kill ‘Em All tracks “Hit the Lights” …

It was punky and not heavy, Motörhead, in other words. Now, Motörhead can be plenty heavy, both musically and metaphysically. But this is the Motörhead of “The Hammer”, not “Orgasmatron”. The RPMs are high, and the feel is fast and light. In musical terms, the BPM is around 160, and the key is A – a rock ‘n’ roll key, as opposed to metal’s frequent residence in the ’80s at low E.

… and “The Four Horsemen,” which is compared and contrasted with its alter ego, Megadeth’s “Mechanix”:

The two songs present very different takes on the same material. “Mechanix” is lean and fast, so much that the main riff is a blur. It’s practically one of those light-footed boogies that Van Halen did so well. In contrast, “The Four Horsemen” is much slower, with lots of drum accents, and with palm-muting on the main riff to emphasize its swagger.

Look for more to come at IO.

Right here.

Megadeth main man Dave Mustaine always has something to say, doesn’t he? According to Total Guitar, reporting on comments in sister publication Guitar World,  Mustaine noted the following about his co-guitarists current (Chris Broderick) and past (Marty Friedman):

We’ve had great guitar players over the years with Megadeth, and that’s been one constant with us. The guitar-playing ability has been consistently good to excellent. Chris and Marty both have their strengths and weaknesses.

Good to excellent.

No mention of Chris Poland, who I’m sure also had “strengths and weaknesses.”

See more great Mustaine-isms right here.