DAVE MUSTAINE On Whether He’s The Godfather of Thrash Metal


In an interview with Loudwire, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine was asked if he is truly “the godfather of thrash metal” like  ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian wrote in his book, “I’m The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax”. Dave responded (see video below):

I think there’s a good chance it might not have… The guitar player that we hired in METALLICA before James [Hetfield] actually started playing [guitar] was… he wasn’t metal. And if he would have been the guy that we chose over me, who knows what would have happened? And I think that if you really look at the mathematics of METALLICA in the beginning, me being the only guitar player, if I wasn’t there, there probably wouldn’t have been a METALLICA. But let’s not kid ourselves: James is a great guitar player; he really is. And I’m sure that at some point they would have realized that he needed to play guitar and sing, and they would found a guitar player as good as I am. I just know that about those guys; they’re excellent musicians and they know what they want. Now, if James would have been playing guitar at the time when I joined? I don’t know… I don’t know that that would have held the same kind of merit. You know what I mean? But since I was the only guy there, I think it’s probably pretty accurate.”

Scott Ian says in his book: “The guy is arguably the godfather of thrash metal. He wrote a lot of the riffs on [METALLICA‘s] ‘Kill ‘Em All’ [album] and even some of ‘Ride The Lightning’. Without Dave Mustaine, maybe thrash metal never would have happened. At least in the beginning, he was the driving force, artistically.”