Chris Poland (born December 1, 1957) is an American guitarist, best known as the former guitarist of the thrash metal band Megadeth. Since 2002, Poland has been the guitarist of the instrumental rock/jazz fusion bands OHM and OHMphrey, among others, and has appeared on several projects and albums from a variety of different genres.
Poland with his signature Legator CP6 guitar
|Born||December 1, 1957|
Dunkirk, New York, U.S.
|Instruments||Guitar, bass guitar|
In 2019, Poland appeared on the track "Hammer (Comes Down)", on Megadeth bassist David Ellefson's solo release Sleeping Giants, with Mark Tremonti, Thom Hazaert, Dave McClain and Joey Radziwill of Sacred Reich, and Flotsam and Jetsam vocalist Eric AK. It was later announced Poland had signed to Ellefson's revived Combat Records, who would release a 30th Anniversary Edition of his landmark solo debut Return to Metalopolis in 2020. The expanded 2 CD/LP configuration, features a remastered version of the original LP, with four new tracks, and material from the independently released, out of print 2007 release Return to Metalopolis Live. It was later announced in 2020 that Poland would tour Australia and Japan, with David Ellefson and Thom Hazaert, supporting Ellefson's eponymous solo band. 
In January 2020, Poland was inducted into the Metal Hall of Fame, alongside Geoff Tate, Don Dokken, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Prong, Graham Bonnett, and more. Poland was inducted by Thom Hazaert and former Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel who joined Poland for a performance of "Peace Sells", with Butcher Babies bassist Ricky Bonazza, and Dead by Wednesday drummer Opus Lawrence and guitarist Dave Sharpe, who also tour with Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and Hazaert in Ellefson's eponymous "Sleeping Giants" solo band. Poland also performed "Paranoid" at the induction, with Vai, Satriani, and Tate.
- 1990: Return to Metalopolis
- 2000: Chasing the Sun
- 2000: Rare Trax (compilation)
- 2007: Return to Metalopolis Live (live)
- 2019: Resistance
- 2020: Return to Metalopolis 30th Anniversary Edition
- 1985: Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!
- 1986: Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
- 1990: Rust in Peace (Poland's solos appear on the demo recordings of "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due", "Take No Prisoners", and "Rust in Peace... Polaris", which were released as bonus tracks on the 2004 remaster)
- 2000: Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years (compilation)
- 2004: The System Has Failed
- 2005: Greatest Hits: Back to the Start (compilation)
- 2007: Warchest (compilation)
- 2008: Anthology: Set the World Afire (compilation)
With Damn the MachineEdit
- 1993: Damn the Machine
- 1993: Silence EP
With Mumbo's BrainEdit
- 1995: Excerpts from the Book of Mumbo
- 1999: Rare Trax
With Lamb of GodEdit
- 2003: OHM
- 2004: "Live" On KPFK 90.7 FM, Lion Music
- 2005: Amino Acid Flashback
- 2006: Live at the New Brookland Tavern (DVD)
- 2008: Circus of Sound
- 2012: Tsunami Jams
- 2012: Polcat, Ashro Records
Other album appearancesEdit
- 2001: Warmth in the Wilderness: A Tribute to Jason Becker, Lion Music
- 2002: Squadrophenia, Cosmosquad, Marmaduke Records
- 2004: Give Us Moore! – Gary Moore Tribute, Lion Music
- 2006: The Longest Night, Pharaoh
- 2006: Double Heart Project – Human Nature's Fight, Brennus
- 2006: Jimi Hendrix Tribute – The Spirit Lives On Vol. 1 & 2, Lion Music
- 2007: Long Live Me, THE SCREAMIN' LORDS, Brannick Records
- 2008: Innervisions, Tadashi Goto, Progrock
- 2009: Guitars That Ate My Brain
- 2009: Misty Mountain Hop: A Millennium Tribute to Led Zeppelin
- 2009: The Call of the Flames, Shredding the Envelope, Standstill And Scream Music
- 2011: Metalusion, Glen Drover, Magna Carta
- 2012: Plains of Oblivion – Jeff Loomis
- 2012: Two Minutes to Midnight: A Millennium Tribute to Iron Maiden, Versailles Records
- 2013: Intermezzo, Michael Angelo Batio
- 2013: Virtue and Vices, Robot Lords of Tokyo, RLoT Records
- 2013: Frequency Unknown Queensryche(guest appearance), Cleopatra
- 2013: Belt Buckles and Brass Knuckles, Moccasin Creek, Moccasin Creek Music
- 2014: Will to Power – Lord Vulture, Mausoleum Records
- 2014: Onward to Freedom – Tourniquet
- 2016: The Art of Loss - Redemption
- 2018: Gazing at Medusa – Tourniquet
- 2019" Sleeping Giants - David Ellefson
- VH1: Megadeth – Behind the Music DVD – October 2001.
- "2009 interview on Outsight Radio Hours". Archive.org. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
- "HEAR MEGADETH'S DAVID ELLEFSON REUNITE WITH CHRIS POLAND ON RIPPING SOLO SONG". Revolver. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
- "Former MEGADETH Guitarist CHRIS POLAND Signs To DAVID ELLEFSON's COMBAT RECORDS". Blabbermouth. Blabbermouth. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
- "MEGADETH Bandmates DAVID ELLEFSON And CHRIS POLAND To Tour Japan And Australia Together In May". Blabbermouth. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
- "FORMER MEGADETH GUITARIST CHRIS POLAND WILL BE INDUCTED TO THE METAL HALL OF FAME". Guitar.com. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
- Official website
- 2006 Chris Poland Interview – by Brian D. Holland
- Tone Center Records, OHM's record company
| Megadeth lead guitarist
| Megadeth lead guitarist