Megadeth - Rust In Peace
Looking back at the Megadeth discography, this one has always been my favourite. The high amount of technical abilities and ultra fast rhythm section is a very special feature on this release.

The album opens in great style with Holy Wars; a perfect example of a genius technical Metal track. The riffs are very fast but still hold a high level of melody. The thing that makes this such a great song is the diversity of the different passages. In just over 6 ½ minutes a great deal of changing parts and brilliant passages are created. Dave sings with a lot of power, his vocal also has a very clear edge; I think his voice is nicely fitted to each song.
The bass is working fantastic on this one, filled with depth and detailed contributions. The slower part that goes into a furious guitar riff sounds genius. This is clearly one of the best Megadeth songs.

Hangar 18 is a song that relies very much on the lead guitars. Both the rhythm and the very extensive solo part display many fantastic lead elements. Through the album the guitars are working extremely well, genially played with lots of intensity. Here once again the bass sounds phenomenal, adding to every aspect of the rhythm with technical flair.

The diversely played drums come to light in Take No Prisoners, a song with some bombastic dark choruses that fit nicely. All instruments are combined in a way that breed's aggression, it sounds like the band puts every available energy into this song.

With Five Magics a more complex approach is attempted. There are many different layers in the music to discover, which of course is a good thing. The pace is more mid-tempo but with nice variations a long the way, ending in a great fireworks of talented playing.

Poison Was The Cure starts with some great dark bass accompanied with some slow drums. It sounds fantastic when the Heavy guitars sets in and the songs explodes. A short but extremely powerful song.

Lucretia is one of the least well working aspects of this fantastic album. The grooving rhythm is functioning, without being exactly exciting. I miss some of the untamed elements of the other songs. The many changes in the song sound good, but its like the thin thread is partly missing.

Tornado Of Souls is one of the most melodic Megadeth songs. The chorus is catchy and sung with perfect emotion. I very much like the slower middle part, that goes into a great harmonious guitar passage. This song has a lighter atmosphere, which fits perfectly into the whole.

The very short Dawn Patrol is a just above average song, the rhythm quickly becomes a bit monotone. Vocally I find it too odd and strange because the voice is distorted, the dark atmosphere and grooving bass is combined nicely though.

In Rust In Peace.Polaris on the other hand, the different vocal parts works well. A fast and hard rhythm based song with a great break and a very intense ending, featuring great lead guitar melodies.

Nick Menza's drumming is also very much worth mentioning. I highly regard the detailed double bass drums and the high amount of power his drumming has. Its corporation with the bass is really of high standard.

For the year 1990 the production is very good, the instruments are weighed out nicely and the vocals fitted in perfect. It could have been even better if more depth was added; sometimes the sound seems a bit too "trebled".

The aggressive and angry feeling that many songs have melts nicely together with the lyrics. Abuse of technology, and the effect on nature by humans are central topics in Dawn Patrol and Rust In Peace.Polaris. More personal feelings come to light in Poison Was The Cure, about broken love and confusion, written in an interesting metaphorical style.

A very critical view on war and its victims is featured in Holy Wars.The Punishment Due and Take No Prisoners, while Five Magics offers a nice break into a fantasy world concerned with mystics and magical adventures.

Overall the lyrics are pretty good and some very interesting because they don't give them self away easily.

A fantastic musical performance, full of intense songs carried out with great technical ability.

Written by Tommy
Thursday, May 1, 2003
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Comment by kevtallica (Anonymous) - Friday, May 2, 2003
what no comments? I freakin love this album minus Dawn Partol....I just never got it. The interplay of the guitars during the solos is simply amazing though.

Comment by Deth or Peth (Anonymous) - Tuesday, May 6, 2003
The Greatest Heavy Metal album of all time no questions asked

In the eye of the tornado

Comment by Mick Øendal der... (Anonymous) - Thursday, May 22, 2003
Well an ok album but no way better than Countdown To Extinction... which has an overall better sound on the tracks... that is the classic, this is just below a classic album...

Comment by motleyman (Anonymous) - Tuesday, July 15, 2003
Well this is probably the finest technical album ever made, by a metal band. A true Bibel! Megadeth`s gratest!
It`s up there with Slayers "Reign in blood"

Comment by Amit (Anonymous) - Monday, July 28, 2003
RIP is a fucking brilliant album IMHO, Megadeth's best offering to date. It rips into 'Holy Wars..the punishment due', all the way upto 'Rust in Peace Polaris'. Tommy didnt like 'Lucretia' but in my view its an excellent track, with a kickass beginning and a nice middle to it, especially when the chunky riffing builds up and friedman launches into the most fluid lead of the album.
Buy the album today.

Comment by Tommy (Member) - Monday, July 28, 2003
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Hey Amit. It surely is Megadeth's best work in my book too. About Lucretia its not that I don't like the track, I do, but compared to the rest of the songs I think that its overall flow isn't quite as thrilling.
Anyway this really is a pure classic Metal album.

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Comment by Keshav (Anonymous) - Thursday, July 31, 2003
Can lead guitar playing get more sensuous than "Hangar 18"? Can you ever find a punchier, more violent riff than the end to "Rust in Peace...Polaris"?
Can progressions get more exciting than the changeover from slow to hyperspeed in "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due"?
I don't think so.... this album is an ALL-TIME metal masterpiece.
Marty is the best lead player out there, as is Mustaine for speed metal riffs and Menza for pounding double bass mayhem.
I give it 10/10 without a doubt. This album beats even Master of Puppets hollow.

Comment by CTE (Anonymous) - Thursday, July 31, 2003
Hey Mick... get a life. Countdown to Extinction doesnt stand a chance before RIP. The energy of RIP or Peace Sells isnt there at all.

Comment by trav (Anonymous) - Tuesday, August 19, 2003
this album will rust in peace as one of, if not the best metal album of all time.

Mustaine rocks

Comment by Truth hurts, dunnit (Anonymous) - Sunday, August 31, 2003
The album is great... for Megadeth. 5 magics and holy wars are rippers, but the album cannot touch reign in blood (or any other slayer) or master of puppets as others have said. They will always be known as a 2nd rate metallica...

Comment by madman bob(not really); } (Anonymous) - Thursday, January 8, 2004
It's all true...What an opening track-you cannot describe this album, or atleast I can't succesfully.
The guy is bullshit good(?the? guy...all of 'em) and I wish they could appear at the big day out on my bithday...Feb1 in Perth,W.A.
"Howsthat"-almost every year the Big Day Out is on my birthday-petty they are such cunt's-Metallica is playing this year!!!!!!!!!!2004-but when Sepultura pulled out they wouldn't give me back a dime...who the hell else am I gonna go see-anyway life's O.K. when Metallica's playing for your birthday-hey...bye;}

Comment by madman bob(not really); } (Anonymous) - Thursday, January 8, 2004
Iron Maiden aren't too bad-
Slayer is cool...sicko-
I like the songs (album?) face the slayer and Necrophiliac(+_ more of course these guys are true geniuses)...the one that sounds like he's saying"homicidal maniac"-different albums I think...slayer are truly psycho...Good heavy metal is hard to find because of all the shit that you have to listen to to find the!!
Are Judas Priest anygood-if someone tells me what's good I'll give it a go...A band in Perth(W.A.) called Mutt used to play Last Caress...and I thought that was way cool-I used to buy Microdots off the bloke and , I don't recommend double dropping those mystery pills-you know the guy in Bali...jumped off the roof several times and stabbed himself with the a bottle(there's several versions)-----=Microdots:-{..a friend..
Live after death is a good one:Iron Maiden;
Hand of Doom by Black Sabbath is a good'un(Paranoid album).

G'on: gimme some leads!

Comment by zxcv (Anonymous) - Sunday, January 25, 2004
i wonder if i´m the only who thinks countdown to extinction is much better. RIP is really good but a little overrated


Comment by Josh Reese (Anonymous) - Saturday, March 6, 2004
rust in peace was by far the greatest album megadeth ever composed. dave mustaine is a true musical genius. i was a metallica fan for the longest time, and this album made me question who was better. other albums like 'countdown' 'so what?' 'peace sells' and 'killing' i thought were untouchable until i heard rust in peace. (got them out of order being that i was born in 87).
in a few words, most bands u listen to will wrestle your nostrils compared to megadeth (a.k.a they stink)

Comment by josh reese (Anonymous) - Saturday, March 6, 2004
on a minor note
slayer blows compared to megadeth
second rate metallica my ass, although master of puppets is my favorite album, the only other close album is rust in peace.
I'll tell the rest of you where u can stick your comments

Comment by ToS (Anonymous) - Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Second rate Metallica? Are you for real? Master of Puppets is one of the greatest albums of thrash or any other genre but it's immensely overrated. RIP is among the best 5 albums of all time, period. It doesn't get any better than this.

Comment by BFTD (Anonymous) - Saturday, March 20, 2004
I used to think Metallica was the best band ever, and then I heard Megadeth. Without a doubt, I'd take Megadeth over Metallica any day. And anyway, Megadeth has continued to make amazing albums over the years, whereas Metallica's last album... yuck.

Comment by BFTD (Anonymous) - Saturday, March 20, 2004
I actually prefer SFSGSW over RIP, but they have different elements to them, so it just depends on what you want to hear, you know?

Comment by BFTD (Anonymous) - Saturday, March 20, 2004
I actually prefer SFSGSW over RIP, but they have different elements to them, so it just depends on what you want to hear, you know?

Comment by BFTD (Anonymous) - Saturday, March 20, 2004
I actually prefer SFSGSW over RIP, but they have different elements to them, so it just depends on what you want to hear, you know?

Comment by BFTD (Anonymous) - Saturday, March 20, 2004
I actually prefer SFSGSW over RIP, but they have different elements to them, so it just depends on what you want to hear, you know?

Comment by BFTD (Anonymous) - Saturday, March 20, 2004
I used to think Metallica was the best band ever, and then I heard Megadeth. Without a doubt, I'd take Megadeth over Metallica any day. And anyway, Megadeth has continued to make amazing albums over the years, whereas Metallica's last album... yuck.

Comment by mustaine 2 (Anonymous) - Thursday, May 27, 2004
this is my all out favorite Megadeth album, top 5 all time, i wish that all of thier albums sound this good, but no chance thanks to that RISK shit album, lucretia rocks (like a rocking chair), tornado (whirls) holy wars kills!, hangar 18 (out of this world, take no prisoners no mercy!, the five magics, (can't be explained) and rust/polaris (unforgivable)
this album fuckin' rules
and if anybody says otherwise take no shit!
by the way son here's your wheelchair!

Comment by Scott Waters (Anonymous) - Friday, July 16, 2004
I love this album. It is the best.

Comment by Lanik (Anonymous) - Saturday, July 24, 2004
There is nothing else I can say except this is the greatest musical composition of all time. Being very critical about everything, I have to admit this is almost perfect. Fuck the other big three, Megadeth owns them all.

Comment by GABO (Anonymous) - Sunday, July 25, 2004
The greatest Megadeth album, and one of the gratest thrash metal albums of all time, I like Peace sells... too.

Comment by Johnny (Anonymous) - Monday, August 2, 2004
to put it plainly, this album kicks @$$! after being booted from Metallica, Mustaine's lyrics were highly agressive, but it seems he might have gotten over his anger at Larrs Ulrich by the release of this album. Tornado of souls has one of the best guitar solos ive ever heard. so in conclusion id have to give this album 10/10

Comment by Reiko (Anonymous) - Friday, August 27, 2004
thank god i, ifound a megadeth fan

Comment by prem (Anonymous) - Wednesday, October 13, 2004
I agree with BFTD. I used to think that Metallica was the best band around..
I just heard Holy Wars.. man what a song!
It just blows ur ear drums apart.. breathtaking is the word!
As mentioned in the review, the acoustic part followed by the heavy riffs and rough vocals is a MASTERPIECE!!!!!
10/10.. nothing more, nothing less

Comment by prem (Anonymous) - Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Megadeth are MILES ahead of Metallica in every aspect! That is the bottom line!
I guess every veteran in the field of Metal Music will know this!

Comment by Pat (Anonymous) - Thursday, April 7, 2005
Many of my favorite tracks are on this album, but as a whole, I'd say Peace Sells is better. There isn't a very weak track per se, but some are inconsistant.

Comment by matt (Anonymous) - Wednesday, April 20, 2005
this albums fuckin great!

Comment by Maiden Fan (Member) - Friday, May 6, 2005
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Woa.. What can i say about this album...
This album has to be in the top 5 best heavy metal albums ever made.
And Holy wars is my second all time fav song after of course maiden's - hallowed be thy name.
Hangar 18 is purely technical genius.. it doesnt get any better than this.. marty's leads r one of the best again.. And the last 2 mins of song has intense double bass drumming
I also like tornado of souls.. goes to show the variety of songs mustaine can play.
Mustaine may be dominant.. that really doesnt matter as he deserves it
Like many said on this page.. Even i started metal with metallica.. but when i heard Megadeth - i will anyday, anytime chose them over metallica..
Mustaine is my favourite guitarist though maiden is my fav band..
Really doesnt matter, as long as the music rocks and rocks hard

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Friday, May 6, 2005

Comment by micky (Anonymous) - Saturday, June 18, 2005
soo good=P

Go megadeth!

Comment by Jumblee (Anonymous) - Tuesday, August 9, 2005
The best thrash album ever.


Comment by I.A. (Anonymous) - Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Greatest metal album, in my opinion. Most metal fans would vouch for Master of Puppets, but that album lacks the spirit, excitement, and overall power that this album has. It's genius in the top degree, without a doubt.

Comment by Dennis (Anonymous) - Monday, February 6, 2006
No doubt the greatest Metal album ever! Closely followed by "Youthanasia" though! But "RIP" is the ultimate heavy metal album, period!

Comment by Jimbo (Anonymous) - Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Any Guitarist who strives to be a great metal player needs to sit down and learn this album lick for lick. If you hav'nt Fully listened to this unbeleivable work. You have not yet heard heavy metal at its finest. Yes lots have come before them, but nobody as mind blowing as MEGADETH. Tell me a metal band that has arrangments this creative, and ill tell you to listen a little more closely. This album is a 10.5 out of 10, considering some of the albums that received 10s. (coming from a guitar player). GET THIS ALBUM knuckleheads.

Comment by jax0509 (Anonymous) - Tuesday, September 12, 2006
for me this album is all about the guitar work, i think the two best solos' are ..punishment due and ToS, giving dave and marty one each. that said marty is by far the best guitarist megadeth will ever have. nick menza is great here, dave ballsed up sacking himn rather than waiting. ToS and holy wars are my two favourite songs then everyting else apart from dawn patrol which is just a fill song. the demos are great to hear although they contain no marty. my favourite metal album and one of my top 5 of all times.
i prefer megadeth to slayer as i find slayes music to linear and sounds pretty similar plus the vocals are crap. kerry king suck ass, i mean jeff hanneman should get all the main parts. tom araya screams till your ears bleed which i hate while dave lombardo wasnt in the band long enough to show his truly awesome skills.
the reason i prefer megadeth to metallica is the fact that in the RIP era all the musicians themselves were of a higher caliber. nick was better than lars, marty way better than kirk and dave.jr better than jason. that said metallica produced some awesome songs, i even like their so called *shit* period. if anything i prefer james voice to daves voice.
i stopped listening to megadeth though when marty and nick left as they were the most talented musicians in the group and in music i love the sound of a good musician.

Comment by ThraX (Member) - Friday, August 3, 2007
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10/10 , Flawless musicianship and lyrical content!

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Comment by DOOD (Anonymous) - Thursday, September 27, 2007
okay...if you think Countdown is better than RIP, then you seriously have some problems. Countdown is damn good, don't get me wrong, but Rust in Peace RIPS YOUR FUCKING FACE OFF cuz of how damn heavy it is. SHIT it's so heavy i put on 5 pounds everytime i listen to it. NO it's not overrated. if you want to hear overrated listen to MASTER OF PUPPETS, an album that doesn't even TOUCH RIP. and btw, Raining Blood doesn't even come close to either MoP or RIP. Sorry slayer, get some diversity, and maybe make your solos have an ounce or two of skill.

Comment by Nate (Anonymous) - Friday, October 5, 2007
Yeah... this is by far their best album.. next to Peace Sells.... but all your dorks who say Countdown is better... you guys are just MegaPosers... because real Megadeth fans think Countdown was to Radio friendly...

and Symphoney of Distruction is just a lame song for Guitar hero nerds to play...

Comment by VeX (Member) - Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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This very well may be the greatest heavy metal album of all time. To me there is no flaws on the album. The lyrics and music is extraordinaire. Dave & Marty's guitar playing is so intense and technical, for anyone who plays guitar this is what you should strive to play and to come up with this type of music on your own, It's mind blowing. Nick Menza's drumming is phenomenal. And while Dave's not the greatest vocalist ever, his vocals somehow fit perfectly with the music. This album is a perfect 10/10

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RIP is probably one of the last classic Thrash Metal releases and one of Dave's best work to date.
Holy Wars, Hangar 18, Tornado of Souls (Tornado's solo is technically very impressive) and RIP are speed classics and impressive musical performances.


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Capitol - 1990

1. Holy Wars.The Punishment Due
2. Hangar 18
3. Take No Prisoners
4. Five Magics
5. Poison Was The Cure
6. Lucretia
7. Tornado Of Souls
8. Dawn Patrol
9. Rust In Peace.Polaris

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