Megadeth ‎– Rust In Peace

Capitol Records ‎– CDP 79 19352, Capitol Records ‎– CDEST 2132, Combat ‎– CDP 79 19352, Combat ‎– CDEST 2132
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1 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
Composed By – Dave Mustaine
2 Hangar 18
Composed By – Dave Mustaine
3 Take No Prisoners
Composed By – Dave Mustaine
4 Five Magics
Composed By – Dave Mustaine
5 Poison Was The Cure
Composed By – Dave Mustaine
6 Lucretia
Composed By – D. Mustaine*, D. Ellefson*
7 Tornado Of Souls
Composed By – D. Mustaine*, D. Ellefson*
8 Dawn Patrol
Composed By – D. Mustaine*, D. Ellefson*
9 Rust In Peace... Polaris
Composed By – Dave Mustaine

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Recorded at Rumbo Recorders.
Mixed at One On One Recording.

℗ 1990 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Capitol Records Inc. © 1990 Capitol Records Inc.
All tracks Copyright Control.

Made in Austria

Total running time: 40:48

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  • Barcode (Text): 0 077779 193523
  • Barcode: 0077779193523
  • Barcode (Scanned, UPC A): 077779193523
  • Rights Society: BIEM/MCPS
  • Label Code: LC 0148
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): CDP-7919352 13 A2 MASTERED BY DADC AUSTRIA
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): CDP-7919352 13 A3 MASTERED BY DADC AUSTRIA
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): CDP-7919352 13 A11 MASTERED BY DADC AUSTRIA
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): CDP-7919352 13 A5 MASTERED BY DADC AUSTRIA
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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TOCP-70629 Megadeth Rust In Peace(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Capitol Records (2) TOCP-70629 Russia 2008 Sell This Version
21 0080-1 311, 210080 Megadeth Rust In Peace(LP, Album, Yel) Globus International, Globus International 21 0080-1 311, 210080 Czechoslovakia 1991 Sell This Version
TC-EST 2132 Megadeth Rust In Peace(Cass, Album) Capitol Records TC-EST 2132 UK 1990 Sell This Version
S 725 Megadeth Rust In Peace(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Samex S 725 Poland 1990 Sell This Version
C4-91935 Megadeth Rust In Peace(Cass, Album) Capitol Records, Inc. C4-91935 Philippines 1990 Sell This Version



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February 8, 2018

Ushering in what would become Megadeth's "golden era", 1990's 'Rust in Peace' was the album where all the pieces fit together perfectly. Dave Mustaine was sober (again... for now...), a new line-up was in place that was superior to any that had come before (and probably after...), and the music was a perfect bookend to the thrash metal scene that was on its last legs (for the time being...).

1988's 'So Far, So Good... So What!', with only a couple of notable songs and pretty rough production, was a bit of a disappointment, and with mainstream success on the horizon, it was time for the band to get their act together. With another new line-up change (their third over four albums), main man Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson were joined by drummer Nick Menza and guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman. And the difference is noticeable immediately.

'Rust in Peace' sees the band really step up the intensity and precision in their playing, with some of their most technical and relentless compositions. The chemistry between Mustaine and Friedman is incredible, with both men given ample time to shine, though it's Friedman's exotic guitar licks and ripping solos that truly raise the game for Megadeth. A much-improved production means that every note is crisp and clear, and with the 80's thrash boom coming to an end, this would at least ensure the subgenre would go out with a bang!

However, transcending the thrash genre and often cited as one of the best metal albums of all time, period, this is where I feel 'Rust...' tends to become slightly mired by hyperbole. Don't get me wrong, 'Holy Wars... The Punishment Due', 'Hanger 18', 'Tornado of Souls' and 'Rust in Peace... Polaris' are all absolute classics. And that's an understatement. These are truly some of metals finest and most endearing pieces, having stood the test of time and still being as impactful today as they were in 1990. But let's be honest with ourselves here... 'Five Magics'... 'Poison Was the Cure', even 'Dawn Patrol', which serves as a breather from the barrage of headbanging mayhem, are all fairly average tracks, and while they're not awful, they're not all that memorable, either.

This doesn't take much away from 'Rust in Peace', though. It's status as a classic metal album is fully warranted, and while I may not rate it as highly as most others, there's no denying that this is Megadeth's best, most beloved and most innovative work.