At firts glance I bet the majority of you are thinking this is going to be yet another Megadeth fanboy review. However, the only reason I bought this album is because Dave Mustaine used to be in Metallica. Yes, I know it sounds ridiculous, but that reason alone made me want to purchase this album and then review it. So, here we are.
What Is Good About The Album?
The first thing that struck me about 'Rust In Peace' was the guitars. Every riff cut the air like a knife through butter and every solo oozed genius. My favourite song is definitely 'Tornado Of Souls'. Okay, the lyrics are not as good as they could be but every band member plays his ass off. The same could be said for the opener 'Holy Wars... The Punishment Due' which is a showcase for the wonderful riff writing skills each member possesses. 'Hangar 18' is probably the best song on the album in terms of solos, boasting roughly eleven top-notch lead breaks. The lyrics are alo very catchy and I was singing along after a few listens and glances at the booklet. Thta said, the artwork is pretty darn cool too!
What Is Not So Good About The Album?
I could ramble on for ages about the brilliance of the album but that is likely to become tedious. So I will Get to the worse aprts of the album. To be honest, there is not a huge lot wrong with this album. The production is good, the songs are good and the overall quality of the album is excellent. However, there are the odd filler songs here and their. Personally, I can't really enjoy 'Poison Was The Cure' because it is a bit too frantic and punk-fuelled to suit my more metallic taste.The intro to 'Five Magics' is also way too long and 'Dawn Patrol' is ridiculously short and unnecessary. Lyrically, Dave relies on almost juvenile ideas (what is up with the lyrics to 'Lucretia'?) and this may annoy some people. His voice in general may also annoy people but it is very original.
Because this is speed metal at its very best in terms of tecnical ability and songwriting. If you can forget about the lyrics that is... there are alsop some cool bonus demos if you buy the expanded edition too.
Holy Wars... The Punishment Due 5/5
Hangar 18 5/5
Take No Prisoners 4/5
Five Magics 5/5
Poison Was The Cure 3/5
Tornado Of Souls 5/5
Dawn Patrol 3/5
Rust In Piece 5/5