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Classic Review: Megadeth - Rust In Peace
Rust In Peace

Label: Capitol Records
Year released: 1990
Duration: 40:33
Tracks: 9
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 5/5

Review online: April 27, 2003
Reviewed by: Bahamut 502
Readers Rating
Rust In Peace

Rated 4.69/5 (93.88%) (147 Votes)

Widely hailed as Megadeth’s masterpiece, and arguably the best thrash metal album of all time, Rust in Peace is the standard to which every other Megadeth album – and many other metal albums in general -- are ultimately compared.

Marty Friedman (and Nick Menza) join Dave Mustaine and Co. to form what many consider to be the quintessential Megadeth lineup, probably because it stayed intact the longest. But Friedman really challenges the band’s founder on this release (unlike Jeff Young did on the previous album) and the result is undeniably positive. Mustaine delivers his best lyrics and music together in one dynamite package, leaving listeners to ponder if a more technically proficient and poetic release could be assembled. The typical apocalyptic, anti-Reaganist, occultish themes are again in full force, (really for the last time on this release) and Mustaine and Friedman execute trademark Mega-riffs with impeccable precision and mind-numbing skill.

The whole bloody thing shreds like nothing else before it, but the high points are definitely "Holy Wars," "Hangar 18," and "Tornado of Souls." Other notable riffs that make you piss in your pants are found in "Poison Was the Cure" and "Five Magics." Although most of Megadeth’s latter-day efforts are respectable, the band really never could deliver a release better than this, so every subsequent album, however excellent, pales in comparison. Essential.

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