Megadeth
Rust in Peace Live


4.0
excellent

Review

by TBliss USER (33 Reviews)
January 2nd, 2011 | 34 replies | 13,506 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A pleasant look back at past glories.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

The prospect of witnessing Megadeth perform live the whole of their fourth album ‘Rust In Peace’ (albeit not with the original line up), was a mouth watering delight for metal heads worldwide. An undisputed classic, the pairing of Marty Friedman’s super slick, exotic lead work and Dave Mustaines phenomenal rhythmic chops and venom filled song writing resulted in an collection of tracks that remain, twenty years on, as exciting and fresh as when they were written.

The performance Megadeth turn in here on ‘Rust In Peace Live’ does, for the most part, a great job of honouring the albums legacy. The band are obviously well oiled and execute the fiercely complex songs with an almost nonchalant accurately. Newest lead guitar Chris Broderick particularly impresses, as he flawlessly pulls off the plethora of classic guitar solos that are an imperative part of the albums appeal. Although, it is also here that the only major gripe of the disc is present, as some of Broderick’s lead sections are frustratingly quiet in the mix, and as he breezes through the stunning onslaught of ‘Hanger 18’, the remarkable performance can be somewhat buried.

Mustaines six string prowess is, of course, well documented, and his playing here is reliably stellar. The riffing replete in such cuts as ‘Take No Prisoners’ and the closing title track is water tight despite its speed and technicality, becoming more impressive when it is remembered that he is singing at the same time. Yet, Mustaines vocals are, on the night, rather lacking. Songs that occasionally require a higher register, ‘Holy Wars…The Punishment Due’ being the prevalent example, see him struggling horrendously and adopting a pathetic whine that sounds extremely grating. Being that this release is twenty years after the original although, and given the fact that Mustaine was never a truly outstanding vocalist, it is only to be expected that some of his earlier power would be lost.

The rhythm section, again, does not fail to make an impression. Drummer Shaun Drover and returning bassist David Ellefson are locked in perfectly with each other, providing a faultless backdrop for Mustaine and Broderick, and relishing their own brief occasions to display their ability (in ‘Rust In Peace…Polaris’ and ‘Dawn Patrol’ respectably).

Acting as a pleasant look back at past glories, ‘Rust In Peace Live’ is by no means essential. Ultimately proving that ‘Rust In Peace’ still holds up as a metal staple, and that the band today remain capable of performing the material to a exceedingly high standard, it now remains to be seen whether contemporary Megadeth will take note of the power their classic albums still retain, and will finally top them. Coming close with ‘Endgame’, they clearly still have the ability, and more importantly the desire, to contend with their landmark work.



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Lambda
January 2nd 2011



2420 Comments


Good review, pos. I wanna hear this.

TBliss
January 2nd 2011



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man.

climactic
January 2nd 2011



18854 Comments


rust in peace is so fucking good

Edwin
January 3rd 2011



1399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this is pretty sweet.
Saw them play this a few weeks back, probably the best gig I've been to.


TBliss
January 3rd 2011



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Saw them at a fest last year, they played rip up until 'tornado of souls' then left it, which annoyed me slightly.

Ire
January 3rd 2011



41761 Comments


had a chance to see this go down

saw rush instead


that's mah boy

KILL
January 3rd 2011



71732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

such a great show nice review too

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TBliss
January 3rd 2011



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks alot man

Tyrael
January 3rd 2011



20866 Comments


This needed a review, well done.

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TBliss
January 3rd 2011



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheeeerz

Maniac!
January 3rd 2011



26250 Comments



had a chance to see this go down

saw rush instead




Fail.

KILL
January 3rd 2011



71732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i woulda done the same tbh

FadeToBlack
January 3rd 2011



10926 Comments


traitor

KILL
January 3rd 2011



71732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well its the time machine tour which is 3 hour set and moving pictures in its entirety i mean come on

Maniac!
January 3rd 2011



26250 Comments


No. Just no.

KILL
January 3rd 2011



71732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

stfu noob

Maniac!
January 3rd 2011



26250 Comments


RiP > anything else.


ever.


end of discussion.

have a nice day.

thank you.

KILL
January 3rd 2011



71732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fanboy

Maniac!
January 3rd 2011



26250 Comments


Being a fanboy of megadeth can never be a bad thing.

KILL
January 3rd 2011



71732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea but you gave moving pictures a 2.5 so you suck sorry



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