Megadeth
Rust in Peace


5.0
classic

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
August 6th, 2006 | 5040 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist


Megadeth is a band every metalhead knows. Whether you're a fan of thrash or not, chances are you've at least heard of Dave Mustaine's infamous feud with colossal metal band, Metallica. The feud, in a way, helped create the band that Dave Mustaine has toiled in for over twenty years. Dave started Megadeth to get back at his former band mates (and because he was no longer in a band, but most people tend to ignore this). Dave wanted to be faster, heavier, and more successful than Metallica. Save for mainstream success, he pretty much succeeded with the band's 1990 release, Rust in Peace. Heavy, fast, technical, Rust in Peace has it all, and is widely considered to be one of thrash metal's finest albums.

Songwriting is top notch on Rust in Peace, and is anyone really surprised? Back in the day Dave Mustaine wrote some of the thrashiest riffs on albums such as Kill 'Em All, Killing is my Business, and Peace Sells…But Who's Buying. But he steps up is performance on Rust in Peace. Each song on the album, save Dawn Patrol (a song with just drums, bass, and vocals), contains the best riffs Dave has ever written. Just check out the album's third song, Take No Prisoners. The song is very fast, and contains violent riffs, perfect for headbanging. Another excellent example of Rust in Peace's riffs is the fourth song, Five Magics. The song has a blistering two minute instrumental before Dave Mustaine's vocals kick in, leaving the band an excellent opportunity to show their stuff. If you're a fan of thrashy riffs than look no further than Rust in Peace.

Another big reason why Rust in Peace is such a good album is guitarist Marty Friedman. Marty's skill on the guitar is by far the highest of any member of Megadeth; past, present, and most likely future. By pairing Marty Friedman with Dave Mustaine, Megadeth suddenly had one of the most potent duos in the scene. Need proof? Just check out the last two to three minutes of the second song on the album, Hangar 18. The guitar-off between Marty and Dave is one of the album's best moments. Another impressive solo from Friedman comes up during Tornado of Souls. Quite possibly my favourite solo of them all, it is one of Marty's more melodic solos. The actual solo is slower than a lot of the other solos you'll find on Rust in Peace for the most part, but just as enjoyable, proving that Marty doesn't have to shred to impress.

Many people who listen to Megadeth are not fans of Dave's vocals. It's not too hard to see why, especially on songs such as Take No Prisoners and Poison Was the Cure. While they aren't bad outings, Dave's snarling vocal technique at times feels incoherent (as in Poison Was the Cure) or just plain bad. However he shines during at certain moments too. Dave has some of his best vocal outings in the opening track, Holy Wars…The Punishment Due, particularly during the latter, as well as Tornado of Souls, which is perhaps the most emotional song on the album. That sad, I only have the remaster version of the album, which features different vocal tracks on some of the songs, so I'm not sure how good or bad his vocals are in the original.

If I had any complaints about Rust in Peace, it would be the song lengths. Some of the songs are too damn short. Poison Was the Cure is an excellent song and builds up great momentum, yet is only 2:56 long. Lucretia, another superb effort from the band just misses the four minute mark, which is disappointing, as it is one of the album's most enjoyable tracks to listen to. The only track I can safely say that I'm glad is short is Dawn Patrol, which seems more like a filler than anything else. As mentioned before, the song consists only of drums, a bass line, and some of Mustaine's worst vocals. Ever. The song clocks in at 1:51, which is more than enough time.

Overall, Rust in Peace is a thrash classic, and easily Megadeth's best album. It features Megadeth at their best, with technical riffing, very impressive shredding and soloing, and some nice bass work. Though Megadeth doesn’t fall completely off the face of the planet with their next album, as hard as they try the band will not match their maximum opus, Rust in Peace, nor do they even record an album that sounding similar. The band claims that the next Megadeth album could fit into the band's RiP - CtE era (as well as some more commercial elements), but can it top Rust in Peace? Unlikely, but we'll just have to wait and see.

Recommended Tracks:
Tornado of Souls
Holy Wars…The Punishment Due
Hangar 18
Rust in Peace…Polaris



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Channing
August 6th 2006


497 Comments


Nice work. Good album.

Shadows
Moderator
August 6th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Another damn fine metal review.

Thrash was never my favorite metal genre, and somehow the really famous thrash bands never appealled to me at all. Slayer bores me for the most part and Megadeth I just find completely intolerable. It's obviously just me though, since everyone else considers those two bands thrash gods. :p

Mikesn
Emeritus
August 6th 2006


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

Slayer's okay, but I've never really been a fan of them either.

Hatshepsut
August 6th 2006


1997 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Don't like Slayer nor Megadeth. Good review though.

Apocalyptic Raids
August 6th 2006


810 Comments


Amazing album. Possibly my favourite ever.This Message Edited On 08.06.06

ToWhatEnd
August 7th 2006


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I remember a few summers ago when I was super into metal (Metallica, Maiden, and these guys were practically all I listened to) I used to worship this album.
The guitar work is just incredible, riffs and solos both. Nice review, to the point and detailed. This Message Edited On 08.07.06

Dethtrasher
August 7th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is the greatest thrash-metal album ever made, the riffs the solos, everything is perfect. You have my vote on this one!

M A D R I G A L
August 7th 2006


103 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Classic.

south_of_heaven 11
August 8th 2006


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is amazing.
Good review too.
I heart Tornado of Souls

lightningmetal666
September 7th 2006


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I actually like the vocals on Take No Prisoners. The guitarwork for that song is freakin' godlike.

The part that really hooked me was that dave and marty were trading off solos while he was still singing. I don't know about you guys but I have a hard enough time playing rhythms while singing, let alone shredding solos.

Mikesn
Emeritus
September 7th 2006


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

I have a hard enough time playing rhythms from this album let alone singing at the same time. :p

carney3110
September 11th 2006


310 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Slayer is alright, but Megadeth is the greatest band of all time in my book. Their new lineup doesn't pack the punch it used to, but I saw them on Gigantour last year, and they really kicked ass. As for Rust In Peace, the greatest thrash album ever, and quite possibly the best album ever.

Altmer
September 13th 2006


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The vocals on the remastered version sound like Dave is on helium.

Otherwise, a very fine album.

south_of_heaven 11
September 13th 2006


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[quote=mudvaynian]To the people that said it:

This is NOT the best band or album ever.
[/quote]
Agreed.

carney3110
October 9th 2006


310 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

That's your opinion. Personally, I think it is, and I don't think you guys can change that.


Mikesn
Emeritus
October 9th 2006


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

I'm not sure I'd call them the best band ever, but they're definitely one of my favourite.

Eakflanderyof
October 12th 2006


2143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I really want to love this album, but I can only somewhat like it. I have listened to it four times. His voice is tolerable at times and annoying at others (sometimes I can picture slobber running out of his mouth when he sings).

The lyrics are also extremely terrible on this album. Some parts are really cheesy like the end of the song Holy Wars, where he screams "killers" repeatedly and in "Take No Prisoners" where he says something and it is followed by "Permeate them" or "terminate them" in a deep voice.

The main thing though is the music. It may sound like I hate this album because of what I said about his voice and the lyrics, but Dave Mustaine is a great songwriter. The main thing that saves me from disliking this album is that Dave Mustaine is an excellent lead and solo writer. Hangar 18 has some amazing solos in it even though the beginning and main riff of the song sounds like a James Bond rip-off.

bitemyshinymetalass
October 12th 2006


10 Comments


I know what you mean, but it still sounds bloody good. Hangar 18 max volume at a party is fantastic.

hannemanfan37
October 12th 2006


3 Comments


what are you talking about? dawn patrol is one of the collest tracks on the album. oh. and Dave Mustaine didn't write the lyrics, you bloody idiot!


Mikesn
Emeritus
October 12th 2006


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

Sorry, you're wrong. Dave wrote the lyrics of all the songs by himself, except Tornado of Souls. Ellefson helped him with that one.



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