Megadeth
Rust in Peace


4.5
superb

Review

by Apathy USER (11 Reviews)
September 11th, 2005 | 73 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist


Megadeth’s Rust in Peace can either be considered their masterpiece or the beginning of the end, although I consider it to be not just their masterpiece, but also thrash metal’s masterpiece. Although it is not quite perfect, it is about as close as you can get. Megadeth were born when vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine was kicked out of fellow thrashers Metallica for substance abuse, and, as rumor would have it, beating up James Hetfield, Metallica’s vocalist/rhythm guitarist. Megadeth’s lineup, at the time of the release, was:

Dave Mustaine- Vocals/Guitar
Marty Friedman- Guitar
David Ellefson- Bass
Nick Menza- Drums

The first thing I noticed about this album when I popped it into my stereo upon returning from Best Buy was how audible the bass was. The bassist, Ellefson, is clearly a creative force in the band as well as a talented bass player. On this album, Marty’s solos are incredible, whereas Mustaine’s are…..commendable for a rhythm player. Also, on numbers like “Take No Prisoners," the drumming is very skillful. Anyways, onto the review:

1. Holy Wars/The Punishment Due:

a) Holy Wars: Holy Wars kicks off with a fast, technical spider-crawl riff. While this riff is played, a little lick is played by Mustaine and shortly thereafter, his vocals kick in, singing “Brother will kill brother, spilling blood across the land. Killing for religion, something I don’t understand." This proves that lyrically, Mustaine is clearly a force to be reckoned with. The first part of this two-segment epic ends with an Egyptian-sounding nylon-string lick courtesy of Friedman, and thus The Punishment Due begins.

b) The Punishment Due: Part Two starts with a slow bar chord riff, over which Mustaine sings: “Up on my podium, as the know-it-all scholar. Down in my seat of judgement, gavels bang, uphold the law. Up on my soapbox, a leader out to change the world. Down in my pulpit as the holier-than-thou would-be messenger of God." After this, my favourite riff on the album is played. It is slow, melodic, and with operatic (sort of) singing. This goes on for a minute or so, and then we are treated to an incredible solo by Friedman. A beautiful-sounding arpeggio is the focal point of this solo, but unfortunately it ends and goes into a fast, heavy riff over which Mustaine performs one of his famed pentatonic solos. The song ends with some frighteningly political lyrics, “Just because I don’t say it, don’t mean I ain’t thinkin’ it." Then the song ends, unfortunately. 5/5.

2. Hangar 18: This number kicks off with a number of riffs reminiscent of Metallica’s “The Call of Ktulu". Which is actually ok, because Mustaine co-wrote that song. This song does not have too many lyrics, as it is mainly shredding. In this song, there is a count of ten full solos, packed into a five minutes, which means that this song really must have very few lyrics. That detracts somewhat from the song, which is why I am giving it 4.5/5

3. Take No Prisoners: Ahhh, TNP. This song is truly a classic in my eyes, with its thrashy, wanky and yet technical riffs. It starts with a nice second fret powerchord riff, and then some crazy jungle-sounding drums accompany it, until it grows into a powerhouse of a song. In the opening verse, the “army voice" as I call it, is used. Mustaine wails: “Got one chance:" and the “army voice" (group vocals) come in with “Infiltrate them!" This goes on for a while, and then at last the group vocals yell, “BURN!" and a crazy descending riff is played, accompanied by a nice bass fill. After this, the song gets quite violent, with lyrics like “By the way, son, here’s your wheelchair." This song is obviously about war, and it closes with Mustaine singing “take no prisoners" and the “army voice" yelling “take no sh*t!" 5/5

4. Five Magics: After a very strong opening, this song really fades, the low point being when Mustaine says something, and it is repeated by a really stupid-sounding “ogre voice." The clear high point of this song is the cool arpeggiated opening riff and the rippin’ solos. Not much else to say about this song, though. 3/5

5. Poison Was The Cure: This song starts with some slow, palm-muted bass. This is a very blues-influenced number, as it is mainly pentatonic. After a slow beginning, this song speeds up, and a wanky riff is introduced. The song never looks back from here, but is not too great all the way through. Also, this song is very short, detracting from it. 3.5/5

6. Lucretia: A witch’s laugh opens this awesome track. Then a wicked fast and complex riff is introduced. The only problem in this song is Mustaine’s vocals. The solo is…..incredible. As always, the bass is nice and audible. Good song. 4/5

7. Tornado of Souls: A powerchord riff with harmonics introduces you to this one. It is then launched into a fast, pentatonic scale-fest. A soaring solo is the highlight of this song, as well as the lyrics: “You feel my cold breath; it’s the kiss of death." 4.5/5

8. Dawn Patrol: A funky sort of filler track, I can’t really rate this as it is only bass and drums. So…. N/A

9. Rust in Peace…Polaris: “Launch the Polaris, the end doesn’t scare us." This is the main lyric to this fantastic track. A sweet drum fill opens it, and it never looks back from there, with atmospheric solos and everything to its credit. You can obviously tell I love this track, so, 5/5

Overall:
I really, really like this album, and although it is not quite perfect, it is still Megadeth’s best, as well as the old NWOAHM’s best.

Pros
+Production
+Solos
+Riffs
+Take No Prisoners
+Holy Wars

Cons
-Vocals
-Five Magics

Recommended Downloads:
-Holy Wars
-Take No Prisoners

My final rating is 4.8/5, because this album is not quite perfect, but it is about as close as they come.



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Storm In A Teacup
September 11th 2005


12781 Comments


[quote=mazz567]The first part of this two-segment epic ends with an Egyptian-sounding nylon-string[/quote]

Too short and not good enough to be a solo.

Good review,but not enough info. on 2nd half of review.
This was better than your Atreyu reveiw, but not as good as your Mastadon reveiw from earlier today.

Try not to write reviews so quickly.

Apathy
September 11th 2005


645 Comments


This was better than your Atreyu reveiw, but not as good as your Mastadon reveiw from earlier today.
Hmm... that's weird. I thought, personally that this one was better than my Mastodon review, as in that one I sort of sounded like a fanboy. Plus, this album is hard to review because you love it at times, and hate it others. Oh, and that Atreyu review was a joke, and nothing else. That is my actual opinion on the album, but that review was really bad, purposely, so....yeah. Thanks.



And that acoustic lick owns.


Priestmetal
September 11th 2005


542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is good but I think Peace sells... but Who's Buying? is their definitive album and the best thrash album out there. With this album despite Marty Friedmans excellent lead work and melodic solos the riffs just don't all do it for me. Also, your review was quite good especially for someone of your age. The only thing I would say is that Five Magics desrves much higher.

Apathy
September 11th 2005


645 Comments


Thanks. I don't enjoy Five Magics for some reason, and I find PSBWB far overrated.

Apathy
September 11th 2005


645 Comments


110 views, 4 comments? Feedback please.

Storm In A Teacup
September 11th 2005


12781 Comments


Not as bad as my 3 Doors Down-17 Days reveiw where I had 307 veiws and 3 comments, 1 being from me.

Toaster
September 11th 2005


343 Comments


I still say your Atreyu review is your best. Seriously though, good review. "Ogre voice" is exactly how I would describe Mustaine's voice in the second verse of Five Magics.

Meteora3255
September 11th 2005


194 Comments


I think this abum is a little overrated in their catalouge. Peace Sells is in my opinion their best album.

Storm In A Teacup
September 11th 2005


12781 Comments


I really like Cryptic Writings the best.

Storm In A Teacup
September 11th 2005


12781 Comments


[quote=mazz567]Hmm... that's weird. I thought, personally that this one was better than my Mastodon review, as in that one I sort of sounded like a fanboy. Plus, this album is hard to review because you love it at times, and hate it others. Oh, and that Atreyu review was a joke, and nothing else. That is my actual opinion on the album, but that review was really bad, purposely, so....yeah. Thanks.[/quote]


I realized that it was a joke, I'm just saying.
Plus, you had a lot more detail in your 2nd reveiw.


[quote=mazz567]And that acoustic lick owns.[/quote]

Exactly, a lick.

YDload
September 12th 2005


1207 Comments


That was a very good review, but you seemed a little harsh on Mustaine's playing. I mean, sure he's outshadowed by Friedman on this album, but he's still really good even with leads. And his reliance on pentatonic solos can't possibly be more formulaic that Kirk Hammett's right?

ImSoCool
September 12th 2005


2 Comments


You Complete Stooge Five Magics is the greatest song ever (except for Stairway). Its ABSOLUTELY slamming and I like Dave's "Ogre" voice

Apathy
September 12th 2005


645 Comments


To ImSoCool, I didn't slam "Five Magics" because i gave it 3/5, which is quite a good score. By Rolling Stone's standards, it is a "conditional recommendation" (Clumpy). And to Constant, I don't do or enjoy overall reviews, as they bore me.


Meteora3255
September 12th 2005


194 Comments


That explains why you would rate Metallica's non thrash forays higher than most thrash fans.

Colin005
September 13th 2005


8 Comments


Good Job Tom Hanger 18 kicks ass

Apathy
October 13th 2005


645 Comments


Bump.

Aeksis8745
February 17th 2006


448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is defintely Megadeth's best album. The first two tracks slam you in the face. After those two my other favorite is Tornado of souls

erock
February 20th 2006


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

IMHO 5 magics is a KICKASS SONG!!!!! But it's the reviewers decision, so there ya go.

DangerBird
March 13th 2006


51 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is Megadeth's finest album, Marty's leads would never sound like this again. The man is a magician i swear. And i agree with Apathy, Five Magics is not a great song. The lyrics are cheesy as hell and the vocals are bad. Besides this and Dawn Patrol this is a thrash classic. Poison Was The Cure is one of the fastest songs ive ever heard. Tornado Of Souls and Hangar 18 are probably my favorites though/

Thrashgirl
March 15th 2006


6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"New Wave of American Heavy Metal"? Is that even a genre?



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