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Artpark has presented some of the greatest musicians in history over the years, from jazz giants to rockers, country kings to soul queens, jam bands to jangle bands, and back again. However, what has been largely missing from the Lewiston venue’s roster for years is heavy metal. Perhaps it’s the bucolic setting, the natural beauty of the Lewiston gorge, the general “niceness” of the venue, that makes Artpark seem more suitable to mellower, good-timey musical vibes.

Ah, but as anyone with love for heavy metal in their heart will eagerly attest, metal refuses to die, and will only be denied for so long. So it is another feather in an already crowded Artpark summer 2014 cap that Tuesday sees the arrival of one of the “Big Four” metal acts – Dave Mustaine’s Megadeth.

As an original member of Metallica, Mustaine (above) was in on the creation of thrash from the beginning, and in the time since he was rather unceremoniously asked to leave Metallica, he’s steadfastly continued down the path of virtuosic, complex, aggressive and cranium-rattling metal.

Mustaine and the current touring version of Megadeth – guitarist Chris Broderick, bassist David Ellefson and drummer Shawn Drover – will bring their dark art to the Artpark outdoor amphitheater stage beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Tickets are $12, but increase to $17 after Sunday with a limited number of VIP tickets also available (box office, www.artpark.net).

– Jeff Miers