Megadeth
Rust in Peace


5.0
classic

Review

by mav69 USER (2 Reviews)
August 25th, 2011 | 51 replies | 4,132 views


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best album from 1990 and one of the greatest from the decade.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

After releasing So Far So Good... so What? in 1988 Dave Mustaine would fire drummer Chuck Behler and Jeff Young due to internal issues within the band. A year later or so Dave Mustaine would hire Marty Friedman from Cacophony and Nick Menza. This lineup from Rust in Peace was the longest lineup in Megadeth to date.

Rust in Peace was released in 1990 and peaked at 23rd on the charts. Rust in Peace is 40 minutes long on the original version and 57 minutes long on the 2004 remastered version due to the bonus track and three demos of some songs on the album. Rust in peace contains 9 tracks (13 on remastered version) and here's my track by track review of this album:

1. Holy Wars: The Punishment due.... A great track to start this album. Classic thrash Megadeth showcased right here on this song. The song starts with a guitar intro followed by an intense riff played throughout the song. One thing you notice on this opener is that Dave's vocals are improved over the Peace Sells album. The lyrics are very well written on this song as well. Friedman and Mustaine have some great guitar solos in this song. The song slows down somewhat midway but the guitar sounds heavy and it fits with this song. Mustaine starts a great solo after singing " No more Mistakes" but instead of slowing down the entire bands speeds up and another solo starts. Fantastic solo by Mustaine and it's incredible how he could sing and play these fast riffs at the same time. This song checks in at over 6 minutes but these are just 6 minutes of all OUT THRASH. Song Rating 5/5

2. Hangar 18 This song is well known for the Marty Friedman vs. Dave Mustaine guitar solo duel. Mustaine's vocals are scarce with only two verses. After mustaine sings his last phrase the solos just start coming in. There are over seven solos and if you like heavy metal you will surely like this song. These guitar solos are just great. Rating 5/5

3. Take No Prisoners This song starts off with a fast riff and then the drums following in a fast beat. This has to be one of the heaviest if not the heaviest riff on Rust in Peace. Dave starts singing Got one chance and then there are some good harmonies following Dave's phrases that just makes this song so good. You can hear the bass briefly and then the madness continues. At first Dave's lyrics are heard to comprehend at first but after a few listens you will understand his lyrics. At the end of the song Dave and company sing TAKE NO ***! and the song ends with a great solo. If you don't mind the vocals, then you will like this song. Another problem with this track is the length. It is TOO short in my opinion but this doesn't cause any setbacks to this track. Rating 4.5/5

4. Five Magics Somehow this song was never played live by Megadeth until the 2010 Rust in Peace 20th Anniversary tour. This track is about a fantasy novel called " Master of five magics" and it just shows the broad amount of topics covered on this album. One negative thing about this song is how long it takes before the great portion of the song starts. The song starts with some great riffing and a drum beat but then it slows down a lot and this intro consists of Mustaine playing a few notes. It sets the mood for the song though but it would be nice if it was cut down. When the songs speeds up though you are in for a treat. Over 3 minutes of relentless guitar playing, drums and bass as well. In the first few phrases Dave Mustaine sings there is a crazy solo following a phrase. Underrated song and it deserves more credit. Rating 5/5

5. Poison was the cure Another song that wasn't played until the Rust in Peace 20 years tour. This is the second shortest song on the album(third on 2004 remaster) and this song should be way longer. Just like Five Magics there is another intro. When the intro is over there is a long and fast drum roll that leads into madness on all instruments from the members of megadeth. One problem with this song has to be Dave's vocals. He sings the lyrics very fast and it's hard to understand him at times. Also previously mentioned the length is an issue here. The intro last for over a minute and the song is 2 minutes and 56 seconds so you only get a minute and a half of great Megadeth. The song ends with another good solo but it leaves you wanting more or exclaiming WTF? due to it's brief ending. Rating 4/5

6. Lucretia This song took me awhile to appreciate. The song starts with a random laugh and then some quick notes follow. The main riff in this song isn't as fast as the others but the best part of this song has to be the solo. The solo starts at around 2:16 into the song and it just fits in with this song. Marty Friedman sure knew how to shred and compose solos that sound great at the same time. The lyrics in this song are about a ghost in Dave's attic called Lucretia. Dave's singing in this song is like Take no Prisoners, hard to understand at first but after a few listens you will understand the lyrics. Another underrated song. Rating: 5/5

7. Tornado of Souls One of the highlights of this album is Tornado of Souls. Everyone puts in a great performance in this song. I just love the main riff in this song. There is one negative thing about the song though. The first few phrases are hard to understand. The lyrics themselves are great and they touch a more serious topic of break ups. The best part of this song without a doubt is Friedman's solo. This has to be one of the all time greatest solos ever. Marty does everything in the solo and it still sounds great. Here's what he said about the solo in 2002: When I finished the solo to this one, Mustaine came into the studio, listened to it down once, turned around and without saying a word, shook my hand. It was at that moment that I felt like I was truly the guitarist for this band." Rating 5/5

8. Dawn Patrol Guitar+Vocals+Bass+Drums= Megadeth. Take one of them out and you don't have a Megadeth song. This song is just filler. The song does showcase Mustaine's vocal range as he sings some very low notes but this song lasts a minute and a half or so and that's a good thing on this track. I would still listen to this any day over today's crappy mainstream music though. Rating 2.5/5

9. Rust in Peace.... Polaris This song was never played live until 2010 and I don't know why. A great song ends this album. The song starts off with a drum solo and then guitar and bass kick in. Dave's singing in this song is good and there is plenty of singing in this 5 minute song. Midway through the song there is a pause and then everything speeds up with more great riffs and some badass solos. Classic Megadeth here again. Rating 5/5

10. My creation(remaster bonus track This song was added on the 2004 master and it's a very short song at 1 minute and 36 seconds. Very few lyrics and the song mainly focuses on guitar solos. Some good solos in this song but this is a above average track. It should be longer. 1 minute and a half is just way TOO short. Rating 3/5

Remaster vs. Original

IN the re=mastered version there are a few differences. Rust in peace... Polaris, Take no Prisoners and Five Magics have different vocals takes due to the original takes being lost. It won't affect you enjoying of the album though but it's just a notice beforehand.

Closing Words

This is the greatest album from 1990 and one of the best from the decade. I listen to the album in it's entirety practically every day and I still love these songs. If you enjoy heavy metal and don't have this album, then you must get it as soon as possible. If you liked Peace Sells but who's buying album you will enjoy this album. Also if you are looking to expand your Megadeth collection then get this album. If you enjoyed the album check out the 20th anniversary Rust in Peace concert video.

Songs rated

All great songs but here my favorites to least favorite

1. Tornado of Souls
2. Holy Wars... The punishment due
3. Hangar 18
4. Take No Prisoners
5. Rust in Peace... Polaris
6. Five Magics
7. Lucretia
8. Poison was the Cure
9. Dawn Patrol

Megadeth Rust in Peace

Megadeth was: Dave Mustaine- Lyrics and guitar
Marty Friedman- Lead Guitar
Nick Menza- Drums
David Ellefson- Bass


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mav69
August 25th 2011



28 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My first review. Comments and input is appreciated.

FatChickIrl
August 25th 2011



4096 Comments


Well first off your summary doesn't make sense. Or rather you're saying the same thing twice.

FatChickIrl
August 25th 2011



4096 Comments


nvm u said 1990 not 1990's. iWrong

mav69
August 25th 2011



28 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Is it possible to edit the review now?


RosaParks
August 25th 2011



14592 Comments


Lucretia > other songs on this album

silentstar
August 25th 2011



2232 Comments


Go on your profile, and click on Edit My Reviews/Albums. (It's on the left side)

KILL
August 25th 2011



70647 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the new vocals do effect me enjoying the album

remaster sucks ass

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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
August 25th 2011



8753 Comments


hehehehehe, awwwww, cute :]

KILL
August 25th 2011



70647 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

wow

Parallels
August 25th 2011



6640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

TAKE NO PRISONERS; TAKE NO SHIT

mav69
August 25th 2011



28 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol that song is so great. Aggressive song

mav69
August 25th 2011



28 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Can't wait till November 1st. I have already listened to Sudden Death thanks to Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock. Hopefully it will be like this album.

mav69
August 25th 2011



28 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Any one else recognize the guy on the furthest to the right? Hint: Former U.S president

wakeupdead
August 25th 2011



2204 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"6. Lucretia This song took me awhile to appreciate. The song starts with a random laugh and then some slow hammer ons follow."

I thought those notes wer kinda speedy, and they aren't hammerons. Mustaine picks every note. Good review

ManintheBox
August 25th 2011



867 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

good first reveiw dude...and this is one of the best albums ever let alone of the decade imo.

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mav69
August 25th 2011



28 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Edited it based on Wake up dead's comment and thanks for the comment. Thanks for the comment Maninthebox

mav69
August 25th 2011



28 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

How is this auto pos? I didn't like Megadeth much say like a few years ago when I saw Metallica in concert but I gave every track a shot on this album and I love it. I admit it has flaws but those flaws aren't enough from stopping this album from being a classic. Many of today's heavy metal bands have some influence from Megadeth.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
August 25th 2011



8753 Comments


you're so cute :] i just want to pinch those cheeks of yours! [:

mav69
August 25th 2011



28 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ok that's just a random comment. Wtf? Useful comments please. No offense to Darknoctus

Willie
Moderator
August 25th 2011



15891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.4

Auto Pos means they clicked the "yes" button on the "was this review well written" area at the bottom of your review -- generally without actually reading the review.

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