Rust in Peace is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Megadeth, released on September 24, 1990 by Capitol Records. It was the first Megadeth album to feature lead guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza. The songs "Hangar 18" and "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" were released as singles. A remixed and remastered version of the album featuring four bonus tracks was released in 2004. Since its release, Rust in Peace has often been named as one of the best thrash metal records of all time, by publications such as Decibel and Kerrang!, and listed in the reference book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance at the 33rd Grammy Awards. At the 1991 Foundations Forum, the album received a Concrete Foundations Award for "Top Radio Album" and the single "Hangar 18" won "Top Radio Cut" award.
Man, there's nothing quite like old-school speed metal. Is it a bit dated? Sure. But it still shreds so damn hard. The sheer, raw musicianship on display is out of this world. Really fun record.
OK, this one really surprised me. All those years ago as a teenage metalhead I quickly discovered that thrash metal just isn't the right subgenre for me. It simply didn't appeal to me and that included all the old legends such as Slayer and Sepultura (which I rated 1 and 2 stars respectively, when it was their turn in this album generator) and also Megadeth. For some reason Rust In Peace hit me in a completely different way this time though. It just sounds really good, the riffs are great, the groove is exactly right, the voice fits perfectly, the songs are well-structured; just a great album - regardless of if my teenager-self would have agreed or not. We learn and grow, I guess.
That onion article might be the realest review out there
This album was really good. The speed or the drums the wails of the guitar and even though I'm not the biggest fan of the singers voice, it mixed so well with the instrumentals. I cannot say enough good things about the guitar work. The album starts strong with "holy wars..." but ramps it up with the next rrack("hanger 18") and even these 2 songs are a great showcase of the masterful guitar work. Also to note the drums fit so perfectly and just punch up the entire album. This is one of the greatest metal albums I've ever listened to, it's so relentless with its speed and precision. Even when it lets you take a break from head banging it(" five magics" 4 songs in) still delivers a true metal experience.
Not an ounce of flab on this album. Crisp, lean, melodic, rhythmic, and incredible management of audio dynamics. One of the best in this genre. Standout tracks: Holy Wars, Take No Prisoners
When this came up I was not thrilled about more metal. Oh well, here goes... "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" started and I was liking what I was hearing in the opening guitar. The lyrics were melodious expressing sentiments I could agree with. Is this me liking a Megadeth song? On to "Hangar 18" and I'm really digging it. Somehow I've plugged into this and... can repeated exposure to metal bands in this project turn me into a metal-head? "Take No Prisoners" takes off like a rocket. The guitar streaks through the opening and locks in on the melody as the drum starts kicking its ass. Fantastic stuff! The lyrics come in and… wow! If thrash metal has hooks Megadeth knows how to write them. Blown away by this song. "Five Magics" takes things down a notch and makes me want to get back into Dungeons & Dragons. Typical of their songs there are several killer guitar solos, not what I typically think of as my thing but man these are good... Is it me or is this album a lot of fun? "Poison Was The Cure" opens ominously and then explodes into Megadeth's high-speed thrills. Even if you hate this stuff you're delusional if you can't recognize the talent behind it... I love the witch cackle kicking off “Lucretia” and its lyrics. Yes, this is me loving some Megadeth. “Tornado of Souls” rocks! Incredible song. The music is intricate. Incredible performance. Then the guitar solo… holy crap! Wow wow wow! “Dawn Patrol” switches to a more ominous tone and much slower pace quite suitable to the seriousness of the lyrics. It is more frighteningly applicable today than when it was created. Should have heeded this song in 1990…. Who knew to go to Megadeth for environmental action songs? “Rust in Peace… Polaris” is sung from the perspective of a nuclear missile. Cool! Takes me back to my youth until I realize there are still nuclear missiles pointed at most of us today...may they all rust in peace. Feel like I'm getting a little Halloween treat as "My Creation" treats us to some Dr. Frankenstein serenading his monster. Love the abrupt ending. I'm sitting here with my hair blown back and a huge smile on my face... I went from dreading this listen to listening to RUST IN PEACE four times through already. I did not expect a topical, comprehensible, melodic, technical, downright fun listen... a real surprise!
Holy shit Megadeth is straight up loser metal
YES! Beavis! This rocks! Classic thrash!
This album is like an hour long and 50 minutes of that are tappin solos, if you like metal you're a virgin, but if you don't you're a bigger virgin
Not quite a five for me, but where do I begin ..... Holy Wars, Hangar 18, Tornado of Souls and Polaris to start... impeccable muscianship, Mustaines lyrics , their high point for sure - they don’t make it like this anymore kids 😕
Whoa, what a lead in on Holy Wars. If you don't like guitars, you do now. Incredible work and at such a pace! Sorry, hard to type with a melted face. The album doesn't always keep up with the opener but it's still pretty impressive. The first 4 tracks are awesome from a music standpoint (Mustaine's voice is annoying). The next 3 are still good but each is up and down (awesome sequences surrounded by so-so ones). Tornado of Souls is a good example; it really cranks up around the 3min mark then settles back down to decent around the 4min mark. Of the final 3, I didn't care much for Dawn Patrol (My Creation was ok but brief) but the title track is almost as good as the first half of the album.
This fucking album fucks! One of the all time best metal albums, period. every song on this album is a fucking banger and it gets you going on every track.
peace in rust
Incredible album, cannot remember the last time I listened to an album with so much raw energy bursting through it. Makes me want to run through a wall.
Classic thrash metal album. Great musicianship - Marty Friedman's guitar and Nick Menza's drums, in particular. Music to motivate. Always much preferred Megadeath to Metallica. A truly great and inspiring metal record.
This album fucking rips!
Bon album de megadeth. J’aime bcp ce groupe 4.5*
Definitely in the love it or hate it category. This is Megadeth at the top of their trash game though, so I have to give it props.
The result of of a threesome involving Scrappy Doo, Richard Madeley and a self employed wellness guru named Breeze. A real hate fuck between the three of them.
A fun 40 minutes of catchy and accessible thrash metal with interesting themes and lyrics. Not too dense, a good handful of bangers, and doesn't outstay it's welcome. My only real criticism is that the depiction of John Major on the cover looks more like the Demon Headmaster. Rating: 4/5 Playlist track: Hangar 18 Date listened: 12/09/22
In general I enjoyed this album. I'm not a huge fan of thrash, but I can appreciate it, particularly the great tone and precision. I have to ding this album for two reasons. The first is probably not fair, but there were times I felt like I was listening to Tenacious D, particularly songs like Holy Wars...the Punishment Due, Take No Prisoners, and Lucretia. These songs made me think of songs like Car Chase City and the Metal. It's not fair to ding an album because of songs that parody the style, but I had a hard time taking it seriously as a result. The other ding is deserved: there's a lot of lyrical cheesiness: "Welcome to our fortress tall" in Hangar 18 (but, to be fair, the song rocks). "A snake you were when we met" in Poison was the Cure. "Thermal count is rising/in perpetual writhing/the primordial ooze/and the sanity they lose" in Dawn Patrol (but I like the bass line in the song). "Immense in my girth, erect I stand tall" (Rust in Peace...Polaris). Ugh.
The fourth album from Megadeth is just as "thrashy" as one would expect. The thrash metal songs whips you around from one to the next, but never getting boring. If you like fast, nasty jams on guitars and drums - including many guitar solos - than this is the album for you. The album was popular at release due to Megadeth's many tours with other prominent rock and metal bands, so it was no wonder that only 4 years later the album was certified platinum. This album defined a genre of metal music at the beginning of the 90's, and is still widely regarded as one of the best albums out there for thrash metal. Helluva-rocking good time!
Oh yes, instrument-jerking, huge self awareness and cringe, how can anyone not like trash metal? At least the songs are not ridiculously long Cool mix tho
Don't think I could make it through to the end of this thing. Pretty much the worse thing I could be given to listen to.
This man likes... ellipses. Great technical playing, I really don't enjoy the vocals though.
That’s a naw for me dawg.
About as good as guitar gets. The solo in tornado of souls gets me everytime
Another banger of an all time great metal album.
I’d never listened to a megadeth album before. It was great
One of the finest heavy metal albums ever made 5/5
One of the best metal albums of all time!
Like a cross between the Megaman and Doom soundtracks but more metal.
Megadeth’s at their very best and quite possibly the pinnacle of thrash metal itself Give me Alchemy, give me Wizardry Give me Sorcery, Thermatology Electricity, magic if you please Master all of these, bring him to his knees I master five magics I give this five stars
A fantastic record that really has it all. Hot guitar solos, riffs, a huge vocal range, and smart if somewhat edgy lyrics. Way ahead of their time. Somehow all their songs sound unique here. Hanger 18 is my favorite song off the album. I don't see any weak points here, so I'd have to rate it 9/10.
One of the greatest Albums ever created. I knew this before though, so I might be biased.
Megadeth’s best album. One of the essential metal records
Megadeth, baby. If you don't headbang to this at least just a little, I don't know what's wrong with you.
5/5 - This album kicks ass
I fucks wid it. Favorite track is Hangar 18.
An absolute cracker
Old but goldie
One of the greatest metal albums
One of the best metal albums
Razor-sharp, unpretentious heavy metal.
Fuck yes, five stars is the least I could give this masterpiece. This absolutely rips. Don't make 'em like this any more, do they?
One of the best metal albums ever made, and certainly twice as good as anything Metallica recorded.
A classic of thrash. Dave's vocals are a acquired taste I suppose you could say, but the music itself is great. After this it was diminishing returns but those first few Megadeth albums are beloved to many a metalhead.
I, um, surprisingly really this album 👍
An absolute class in Thrash Metal. There's honestly nothing new I can add to this album's discussion, but I'll try anyways. The overall sound is great, but Dave's singing might not be for everyone, I'm honestly inbetween liking Mustaine's vocals or not, since I don't dislike them but feel like Metallica's James Hetfield can give his songs the vocals they deserve, especially in the detour from thrash they were doing around this time (Load and Reload) and definitely in the actual thrash albums like Master Of Puppets, Ride The Lightning and my favourite: 2008's Death Magnetic. I honestly haven't been able to listen to any Anthrax or Slayer yet, so I can't compare the stuff that they were releasing at the time to this, but overall even if the output from those bands just happened to be better at the time, this is still definitely worth a listen if you enjoy Thrash. Dawn Patrol sucks ass though, jeez Dave stick to high lyrics
yeah this is great - always liked it but it is much more accessible and melodious than I remembered.
"the guitarrecord"; still sounds fresh and energizes
Probably the greatest metal album of all time. Not MY favorite personally, but objectively the greatest. This album makes Metallica's best work look like child's play.
Amazing thrash metal classic. Marty Friedman's brilliant guitar work brings this album to a new level. Peace Sells is still there best album but these is close second.
El mejor disco de la historia del heavy. Aguante Megadeth. Mi primer 5 en este proyecto.
I cannot handle how awesome this is. The song titles are SICK but also funny and not too self-serious. That's what I'd say about the whole album, honestly. These guys are having fun and we're just along for the ride. Some of the most insane guitar solos I've ever heard to boot. Crazy that tour de force albums like this are on the same list of albums as like 15 Elvis Costello snoozers
It's bloody fantastic
I absolutely love this album. One of the all time great metal albums.
5/5, one of the best thrash metal albums ever.
RIP will always hold a special place in my heart, as well as metal history. The latter because IMO this was so good that this is why thrash had to fade out, there was no topping Dave’s new crew’s chemistry and his ability to balance harmony and anger. The former because this is one of the first metal CDs I got and fell in love with. And even if I ever have to sell off my collection, there is no way that I would part with my 1990 first edition- the remaster that reverbs Dave’s vocals is just not it. But this sounds as technically perfect as ever, even the (likely deliberate) imperfect moments. And I’ll always go to bat for “Dawn Patrol”, which is a neat little interlude before the deadly finish. I don’t think that I can give this a full A due to Dave’s politics and Junior’s recent problems. I’m still willing to compromise for 5 stars and accept that Dave has always had his foot in his mouth (we wouldn’t have “Holy Wars” if he didn’t say some particularly insensitive shit, for instance), and Junior’s creepy behavior is a seemingly more recent development. All I know is that I feel like putting it back on.
I thought this was going to be passable, but didn't have high hopes. I thought I knew what Megadeth sounded like and I didn't think I liked it. Turns out I was wrong and this is a great album! I listened to it all the way through like 4 times in a row. I don't really care for Mustaine's vocals, but they're easy enough to get over. The rest is excellent. 5/5
What a classic. I had this CD when I was 13 or so. It kind of makes me sad that grunge and "alternative" music played such a big role in this genre of music becoming less popular. I was totally one of those kids who absolutely loved metal but within a couple years wasn't really listening to it anymore.
A surprise 5 star from me! What a blast! Apparently thrash metal hyped me up big time. Guitar solos were insane!
Nothing to say here; an essential metal album.
Ridiculous, mind-bending riffs that border on orchestral at certain points. An incredible thrash record. Favorite tracks: "Tornado of Souls", "Five Magicks"
A masterpiece of thrash, hard and heavy with clear intent and message. Megadeth at its possibly best, musically if not commercially. Rips louder than your mum's ass after Thanksgiving dinner. 5/5 bangers all the way. Dawn Patril is the weakest track and it still sets a mood unlike many other bands on this list so far.
i don’t know what it is about this album, i just think it’s great. 10/10
Stripes Earned, I've given a 5 to each of the big 4. So far, my favorite of Megadeth's Albums easily.
What I personally want metal from this era to sound like
wow. didnt think i liked metal that much, but this was excellent
Great guitar tone and really tight drumming. The lyrics are interesting, and I’d probably need another listen to have a full picture. However they’re definitely clever, the phallic imagery on the “rust in piece… Polaris” is a well-executed satire of Cold War one-upmanship . I really enjoy the enjoy the guitar playing. (Knowing nothing of the genre) it has all the elements that I like from both math rock and classic rock. Honestly, I think this is as good as it gets for metal and me
'Holy Wars' is metal personified.
Pretty much the template for thrash metal. The best guitar playing they’ve ever had, with some blistering solo parts by Marty Friedman. I’ve never been big on Dave Mustaine’s singing, but he is at his best here. The guitar parts are intricate and inventive, and at no point does it feel thrown together, all the sections are well thought out, and nothing feels out of place in any of the songs. This was the best Megadeth had ever been.
One of those albums I've heard countless times, learnt on guitar (not the solos though, haha) and have always seen as a high point of not just Megadeth's career, but heavy metal in general. Not much more to say, really. 5/5.
Brilliant album, proper shredding, proper heavy!!! Saved tracks: Holy Wars... The Punishment Due, Hangar 18, Five Magics, Poison Was The Cure, Tornado Of Souls
One of my favorite albums since it came out.
Great classic rock !
Ok, it sold me. Fun thrash.
Pure ownage. Best track: Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
Love starting my day off with some good old thrash metal
Sonzeira, curto das antigas já
Great recommendation. Has heard some songs before but definitely one of the best (of not the best) metal albums of all time
This is without the shadow of a doubt one of the best thrash metal album ever made and the best that we'll ever get from Megadeth. In Rust in Peace, we can feel another kind of anger, lead by inimitable guitar works, killer drum parts and intoxicating vocals.
Musicians on point - energy at the top. 5 STARS *****
A pillar of the Trash Metal genre. Makes me glad Mustaine left Metallica
That album was so important to me in my discovery of metal music. I still think it's an absolute masterpiece to this day. It has a punky and nasty vibe that the rest of the Big Four never had. We can feel that Dave was pissed off and he made the most raging record of his career. Better than anything Metallica has recorded, in my opinion.
This gets better for every other thrash metal album I listen to.🐐
I remember when I first discovered Megadeth.. I had just gotten big into Metallica and learned about their connected histories with Dave Mustaine leaving Metallica to start Megadeth. I was blown away by what I was hearing.. Megadeth is clearly more committed to the thrash metal scene for the long haul unlike metallica who moved on from it after an album or two. Dave Mustaine is a riff wizard. He is not a great singer, but it's impressive that he maintains both lead singer and lead guitar.
It's been a few days since I listened to this, and I find myself having to re-listen to remember what it's like. I mean, it's good. Not my genre. The imagery of it is quite hilariously "teen boy" and you can imagine the stench of unwashed leather and denim at their concerts. That saying, the whole thing is tighter than a tight thing and it does exactly what it sets out to do - with aplomb. Probably going to have to be 5 stars, isn't it?
Where most thrash metal loses me is when the have this non-conducive solo sections and screaming that just throw me out of the groove. Rust In Peace is fast paced, expertly executed, crisp and fun. Megadeath has legit earned another fan on this. Fuck me up, this album rocks.
Strong, great choice for an opening song. Head bopping stuff. Three songs in. Solid first 3. Can’t give any half stars on the website, so it’s gotta be a 5/5 because it’s sure better than 4/5. Fantastic catchy album. Probably a good start for someone like me to get into Megadeth.