Review Summary: Another 5 doesn't hurt
Already enough has been written on how you should listen to and revere this album. Therefore going into another lengthy explanation on "why" will be overkill.
So I won't be long.
I just want to point out a brief excerpt from a 1991 interview with Scott Ian of Anthrax, which I chanced upon. Here's what he had to say about Megadeth's then-latest effort:
“I dоn’t gеt it, dоn’t like it, its аll оvеr the place, where is he gоing with this, doesn’t make sense to me”
, et cetera.
Anthrax is a band that has had its moments, had its hits, had its few great songs which still persist in the collective memory of today's metalheads. But Anthrax is a band that never quite transcended reality, never produced a piece of art that was truly remarkable. Anthrax never escaped mediocrity.
And what we are essentially witnessing right here is a mediocre's musician fear and awe, and lack of understanding, that occur when confronted with true art, with true greatness. Scott Ian was afraid. Because when he heard this album, he was met with the sudden unrealised terrifying epiphany that he will never produce anything that will come even close to the genius of Rust in Peace.
Those were the words of a member of one of the bands from the "Big 4". This really puts things into perspective, doesn't it?
The testament to this album's greatness is the fact that, whereas all the other bands of the "Big 4" were somewhat influential in the metal scene, Megadeth really wasn't... I mean, often you would hear someone say about a band "Oh yeah, these guys are definitely following in Slayer's footsteps." or, "Yeah, that sound reminds me of Anthrax's East Coast aesthetics", or "Yep, here's another Metallica-wannabe". But there isn't quite a band that succeeded in mimicking Rust in Peace
. Because Rust in Peace is inimitable. Megadeth is inimitable.
Oh, and Dawn Patrol is a song that needs to be there. Because if it weren't, the juxtaposition of Tornado and Souls and RIP...Polaris would have been too much. How nice of Mustaine to spare us the emotional overload by including this brief, yet effective interlude inbetween the two. That is the awareness of a great musician and composer.