Megadeth
Rust in Peace


5.0
classic

Review

by Ben. K USER (8 Reviews)
August 29th, 2011 | 91 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Megadeth successfully complete one of the greatest metal albums in history.

The 1980’s and 90’s was a period of time that changed the face of music. A new style of metal broke through the ranks; one that was faster and heavier than ever before. It was called thrash. Megadeth released an album in 1990, Rust in Peace and it was this record that shaped the entire music industry and the way metal is experienced and written today. They did this by releasing a near-perfect piece of artwork, something that’s never been done before in the same vein of Rust In Peace.


Rust in Peace is chiefly a definition of thrash metal: faster and heavier than the rest. The swift guitar riffs, the rapid drumming, the subtle yet harmonious bass-line, and the refined vocals performed by Mustaine all add up to craft one of the best albums of the 20th century. Some of the soloing by guitar extraordinaire Marty Friedman is out-of-this-world. Insanely fast riffs layered with brief melodies outline the atmosphere of ‘Rust in Peace.’ “Lucretia,” exemplifies all of the characteristics that you could find in a typical Megadeth song; insane riffs leading onto extreme soloing. The guitar-work at the end of the song “Lucretia,” is nothing less than magnificent. Many songs contain lengthy solos, but most of these are pieces of work that even the strictest music critic couldn’t censure. One of the most extreme songs on Rust In Peace from a heaviness perspective is “Poison Was the Cure.” Even the drowsiest human on the planet would be aroused by the brutal phrases that occur during the song and would be unable to resist a little fist-pumping. Unbelievable soloing ensues at the end of the track, and it leaves listeners wondering: How the hell can you play the guitar like that? Simple. Mustaine and Friedman are geniuses, and together they created one of the most influential metal albums of all time.
The guitar tone used by Friedman and Mustaine are much weaker than you would find on a typical Metallica track, yet this use of the guitars certainly works with the rest of the band more than it doesn’t. The extremely thrashy riffs written mainly by Megadeth main man, Mustaine, are better than ever before, and the refrains that are conspired by awesome song-writing work tremendously well with the scrawnier tone that is used throughout Rust in Peace.


The vocals that transpire during the course of Rust in Peace are both good and bad. At times the technique that Mustaine uses to sing is painful to the ears, and clashes horribly with the guitar. This is best heard in “Take No Prisoners.” When the song is coming to a close, the vocals are really mediocre, and don’t co-operate with the rest of the band at all. That being said, this particular record contains some of Mustaine’s best singing, where he helps certain songs rise well-above the barline. “Rust in Peace…Polaris,” comprises of some of metals greatest vocal attempts, where Dave thrusts an already brilliant song to the next to level. His most compassionate vocal endeavor on the album is “Hangar 18,” where his chilling singing enhances the atmosphere that the often duelling guitars create. Backing vocals are scarce, yet when heard they complement Mustaine’s singing much like bread and butter.

Overall, Megadeth produce one of the centuries most successful metal albums. Rust in Peace over-shadows nearly every other thrash release, making them look puny in comparison to the giant that is this record. It’s not often that a band releases a near perfect album, but surprisingly enough Megadeth have achieved exactly that. From the absolutely vicious guitar riffs laid down by Friedman and Mustaine, to the drums and bass pounding away in the background, this is, and most likely always will be, one of the greatest metal albums to be let loose to the public at large.

Recommended Tracks
Hangar 18
Poison Was the Cure
Tornado of Souls
Holy Wars… The Punishment Due.



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Proworks31
August 29th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Eh, its been done 100 times but I wanted to review something thats unanimously voted as good.

Reviews pretty crap but I tried my hardest.

Ovrot
August 29th 2011


10554 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

m/

RosaParks
August 29th 2011


15041 Comments


thrash m/

tarkus
August 29th 2011


5560 Comments


m////

Proworks31
August 29th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"thrash m/"

ahh the good old days.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 29th 2011


7127 Comments


just to continue the trend here: m/

Review goes alright, your pumping them out arent you? : )

Proworks31
August 29th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, got a day off school, got nothing better to do!
Thanks, I thought it was shit myself, but ahah

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 29th 2011


7127 Comments


Lol school, get a 50hrs a week apprentiship! I'm on my 2nd of my 2 days off with nothing better to do.

Proworks31
August 29th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

That sounds so nice.................. AH!
Do you get homework and shit?

Mynameisluke
August 29th 2011


82 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol...
This albums okay, nothing on Atreyu though.

RosaParks
August 29th 2011


15041 Comments


wait... what

Mynameisluke
August 29th 2011


82 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Atreyu = greatest band known to man = fact.

RosaParks
August 29th 2011


15041 Comments


are you trying to be the most unfunny troll ever

Proworks31
August 29th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"are you trying to be the most unfunny troll ever"

Looks like it.
Do you like the review?

RosaParks
August 29th 2011


15041 Comments


of course I do
megadeth slays

Proworks31
August 29th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

hah.
Megadeth fuckin rule, much like this album.

I lol'd at the review that said Chris Broderick was the guitarist for this album.

Mynameisluke
August 29th 2011


82 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nah.

someguest
August 29th 2011


21373 Comments


ok for thrash I guess

Digging: Pet Shop Boys - Please

Proworks31
August 29th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Lol you reckon this albums ok?

Fair enough haha.

someguest
August 29th 2011


21373 Comments


if you've heard one thrash album you've heard em all



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