Megadeth
Rust in Peace


5.0
classic

Review

by ElectricFuneral9719 USER (43 Reviews)
July 19th, 2013 | 18 replies | 975 views


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Welcome To Our Fortress Tall"

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

'Rust In Peace' is quite possibly the greatest thrash metal album of all time and I wouldn't mind considering it the best metal album overall either. Why is this? Why has 'Rust In Peace' gotten a reputation that probably even exceeds 'Master Of Puppets''s (since there is hardly anyone who hates 'Rust In Peace' or calls it overrated)? Why is so good dammit!? Two words: Marty Friedman. He is the best lead guitarist I've ever heard by far because his guitar playing is almost mechanically fluent and technical but also filled with emotion and fantastic melodies. Take 'Lucretia', for example: Marty's solo in that song complements the riff wonderfully and the solo is structured very appropriately and tastefully, with the solo starting out in a singable manner, gradually becoming more technical then it transitions perfectly into Dave Mustaine's bluesy shredding solo. These guitar duels occur constantly throughout the album and are amazing to listen to.

Marty Friedman cannot be the only factor in the high quality of 'Rust In Peace' though, can he? The new drummer, Nick Menza, is the best Megadeth has ever had, as he changes the beat or throws in some well-done fills constantly, not allowing the album to stagnate for a second. This also applies to the album in general, as if you're listening to 'Rust In Peace' for the first time, you'd never guess that this was the result, as there are so many musical twists and turns that playing the album the whole way through would be bordering on impossible, unless you are in Megadeth. Anyway, the two new members were a gift to this band, which explains why this is the most consistent Megadeth line-up as of now.

The song-writing on this album is the stuff of legend; it opens with 'Holy Wars... The Punishment Due', which is a dynamic, ambitious monster of a song and it doesn't drop that standard of quality for a second. Although, since it is the longest song on here at six and a half minutes, it is the best out of all of them. Also, that blazing opening riff is iconic as anything by Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica or Judas Priest. The songs on here are up there with the classics of the genre. While on its own, 'Dawn Patrol' may seem a little insignificant compared to the other tracks, if looked at as an introduction to the closer, 'Rust In Peace... Polaris', it becomes just as essential to the album as everything else. Also, that bass riff is one of the best in metal and it carries the song very well despite that being the only thing to support the song apart from a simple beat and quiet vocals.

In terms of riffing, Dave Mustaine has hit his peak here, producing some of the best rhythm guitar work in the history of metal, with no riff being predictable, clichéd or unsatisfying; every note counts here. Under Mustaine's mighty riffs is David Ellefson's great bass playing which rarely (if ever) sticks to just playing the root note, making the bass actually offer something musically unlike most metal bands, who simply care too much about guitars to worry about the quality of the bass playing on an album. 'Rust In Peace', meanwhile, is a very balanced effort that takes all instruments into consideration and feels more like a full band is playing as a result.

'Peace Sells... But Who's Buying' may have more raw power, but 'Rust In Peace' tops it in terms of song quality, talent and intelligence. This is the album to get if you want to see what thrash metal has to offer. If you don't like this (or at least appreciate it), you don't like metal.



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YoYoMancuso
July 19th 2013



10123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hell yes

KILL
July 19th 2013



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

not one negative review for this, crazi

XingKing
July 19th 2013



9044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was literally just thinking this album needed another 5 review to differentiate it from all of the other 5s and 4.5s

XingKing
July 19th 2013



9044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dat lonely 3 review

ViperAces
July 19th 2013



12357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i know too much

Judio!
July 19th 2013



3093 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You're one hell of a reviewer ElectricFuneral9719. Keep it up, man.

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ChopSuey
July 19th 2013



2383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nooooooooooo shit

facupm
July 19th 2013



5600 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

holy wars is the best song ever made yeah


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Feather
July 19th 2013



594 Comments


This didnt have enough 5 reviews, thank you.

tempest--
July 19th 2013



10816 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You open sentences with "although," and "also," too much.

manosg
July 20th 2013



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Why has 'Rust In Peace' gotten a reputation that probably even exceeds 'Master Of Puppets'"

Because people feel it's cool to bash MoP on Sputnik.

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SitarHero
July 20th 2013



4013 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review. A little heavy on the superlatives, but the album comes as close to deserving of all those superlatives so pos anyway.

spartanawasp
July 20th 2013



303 Comments


Best thrash metal album? Yeah.
Best metal album ever? No.

joshieboy12345
July 20th 2013



5256 Comments


''Holy Wars is the best song ever made''
Ok then......

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PunchforPunch
July 20th 2013



5293 Comments


damn didn't know you like this kind of music joshie

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TheNotrap
July 20th 2013



7817 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"Because people feel it's cool to bash MoP on Sputnik."
Agreed.

tempest--
July 20th 2013



10816 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

he doesn't, punchy. think of the shittiest artists you can.












that's what he jams

demigod!
July 20th 2013



40970 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

we came as faggots



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