Megadeth
Rust in Peace


4.5
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Review

by Brendan Schroer USER (179 Reviews)
April 5th, 2010 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Simply put, this album will always remain a classic of thrash.

Megadeth is quite an interesting band. Unlike Anthrax, Slayer, and most of Metallica, Megadeth seems to eschew traditional thrash for a more classic metal style infused with jazz and some prog. However, they still keep their thrash roots intact, especially perfecting them with this release, 1990's Rust In Peace. This is where they added experimentation where needed, while still remaining pure Megadeth.

Of course, the obvious highlights would be the first two songs, the popular Hangar 18 and Holy Wars... The Punishment Due. Holy Wars is the longest song of the album, clocking in at 6:32. It starts out with an average riff before getting a little bit more technical as it goes along. The acoustic break from 2:17-2:25 is absolutely phenomenal, again showing a progressive (and slightly Middle-Eastern) feel. The second part of the song has a heavier and edgier feel to it, while keeping the jazzy solos/interludes around. After that portion, there's a solo by Dave Mustaine that shows great levels of pure aggression that cannot be matched by a lot of other metal guitarists.

Hangar 18 is a whole different story. It features TONS of dual solos performed by Friedman and Mustaine. Vocals rarely take the forefront of this piece, and there are only two verses that are sung, saving the rest of the time for the solos. The story of the song is about UFO conspiracies in Roswell, bringing up more political lyrics by the band, which they write a lot of in this album. Back to the song: Near the end of the song, Mustaine and Friedman keep switching solos for minutes, eventually coming to a concise end to it all. This is one the best tracks on here.

While, as I said, they have many different styles and influences, they still retain thrash music quite heavily in some songs. This is especially heard in Take no Prisoners, having breakneck speeds at points, mainly in the first verse. Plus, the attitude in the song is pretty typical of a thrash song, talking about the war and how they're against it. The biggest "thrash attitude" part comes in at the very end when they repeatedly yell, "Take no Prisoners, take no ***!"

Along continues a string of great songs. The last highlight I'd like to point out is the epic Tornado of Souls, apparently about a bad breakup that Dave Mustaine had. This song sounds pretty mainstream and accessible for Megadeth, yet has an addictive quality to it, especially in the harmonized chorus. Additionally, the guitar solo played by Marty Friedman is known as one of the best metal solos of all time, and rightfully so.

This is a great album, but a few minor issues prevent it from being perfect. The first comment is that Dave Mustaine's raspy-sounding voice will not be for everybody--sort of a love-or-hate thing. The other thing is that Marty Friedman's solos, while top-notch, can be pretty overbearing, and they meander a bit after the first couple of songs. However, these things don't hinder the album too much.

Aside from the minor problems, this is a great album that heavy metal fans would be crazy to miss. Simply put, this album will always remain a classic of thrash.



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MentalityOfA
April 5th 2010


1213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No problem with short reviews.

"The first comment is that Dave Mustaine's raspy-sounding voice will not be for everybody--sort of a love-or-hate thing."

We are in agreement.

Piglet
April 5th 2010


4654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Simply put, eh? Why not show some diversity and say "Put simply".

demon of surveillance
April 5th 2010


822 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review but it would have been nicer if you went into some of the other songs (Five Magics, Rust in Peace...Polaris). And I just bought all of Peace Sells so I'll burn that for you and give it to you after spring break.

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

Enotron
April 5th 2010


7695 Comments


Ahh.....I remember when I was obsessed with this album. Good review.

LepreCon
April 5th 2010


4082 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Whoever negged this can go eat spiders, its a good review. Album's most definitely a thrash classic, though Mustaine's vocals are also quite love them or hate them

Phrike
April 5th 2010


1691 Comments


Hate them tbh. Fortunately they got better on later releases

Inveigh
April 5th 2010


24963 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah, troll negger can gtfo. review was good, have a pos.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2010


28511 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ill pos but if i see a complaint in the meds thread im switching it to a neg.

Inveigh
April 5th 2010


24963 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^what does that mean?

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2010


28511 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

IM TAKING NAMES

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2010


28511 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

(it means i didnt read the review)

Inveigh
April 5th 2010


24963 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh haha, well it was good, take my word for it

Phrike
April 5th 2010


1691 Comments


Prolly the best out of those 4 he shitted out yesterday (which isn't saying much)

vanderb0b
April 5th 2010


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, pos'd. I saw deth play this live, and it was epic.

Enotron
April 5th 2010


7695 Comments


No they haven't? What have you warned him about it?

LaughingSkull
May 2nd 2014


217 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Review is a bit meatless and unadorned compared to your most recent reviews, but it's understandable, seeing that it was written 4 years ago. Maybe do a revisit on it and/or some other Megadeth albums?



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