Megadeth
Rust in Peace


5.0
classic

Review

by LaughingSkull USER (34 Reviews)
April 29th, 2013 | 103 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

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?


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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.



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NeoSpaz
April 29th 2013


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol summary

review needs a lot more to it

Gwyn.
April 29th 2013


15322 Comments


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Neg'd btw

demigod!
April 29th 2013


45263 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol what a mess

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2013


21814 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

really weak review

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TheNexus100
April 29th 2013


2591 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the part about anthrax was a particularly atrocious segment

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climactic
April 29th 2013


19980 Comments


this isnt really a review

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2013


21814 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Anthrax is a band that never quite transcended reality


lol jesus

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2013


20158 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

another 5 wouldn't hurt if it was actually a well thought out review

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Gwyn.
April 29th 2013


15322 Comments


Anthrax is a band that never quite transcended reality


What

the

fuck

demigod!
April 29th 2013


45263 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

anthrax is pretty lame but still wtf

NeoSpaz
April 29th 2013


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Anthrax is a band that never quite transcended reality


What

the

fuck


It's like a new version of the Eisley review.

rockandmetaljunkie
April 29th 2013


3868 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

hahaha awesome text, but not a review...

NeoSpaz
April 29th 2013


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just read your other reviews and got a good chuckle out of them. Thank you for making my day.

MikeC26
April 29th 2013


3211 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This review lol

Did Ian really say that?

SlMBOLlC
April 29th 2013


5296 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Another neg doesn't hurt

oltnabrick
April 29th 2013


31573 Comments


Posd


NeoSpaz
April 29th 2013


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can't find any evidence of it whatsoever

facupm
April 29th 2013


8600 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this review...

NeoSpaz
April 29th 2013


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just googled the quote and got not results for it, so it doesn't seem legitimate.

TrephineArtist
April 29th 2013


203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Chucklesome review, intentional or not.

I lost all respect for Anthrax after the strange way they seemed to treat John Bush, however It'd be wrong to say they haven't come up with some artful music of their own. 'Sound of white Noise' is close to perfection with John Bush's awesome vocals and presence and even the Belladonna era (I'm not a big fan) had the rather fine 'Among the living.'



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