Rust in Peace

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Rust in Peace
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 24, 1990
GenreThrash metal
57:09 (Remaster)
ProducerDave Mustaine, Mike Clink
Megadeth chronology
So Far, So Good... So What!
Rust in Peace
Countdown to Extinction
Singles from Rust in Peace
  1. "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due"
    Released: 1990
  2. "Hangar 18"
    Released: 1990

Rust in Peace is the fourth album by American thrash metal band, Megadeth. It was released on September 24, 1990 by Capitol Records. It was the first Megadeth album with guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza.

It has been called one of the best thrash metal records of all time by magazines such as Decibel and Kerrang!.[1] Rust in Piece was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1991, but did not win.

Background[change | change source]

In 1988, Megadeth played at Monsters of Rock, a rock and metal festival in the United Kingdom. The band played for more than 100,000 people at the festival. The band was added to the Monsters of Rock European tour, but stopped after the first show because bass player David Ellefson was having drug problems.[2] Problems within the band made guitarist Dave Mustaine get rid of drummer Chuck Behler and guitarist Jeff Young. Mustaine also canceled Megadeth's planned 1988 Australia tour. The band had to find a new guitarist, since Jeff Young was no longer with the band. Finding a new guitarist took a long time. Mustaine looked at many guitarists for the job, including Dimebag Darrell from the band Pantera and Jeff Waters from Annihilator. Darrell was offered the job, but did not want it.[3] Mustaine asked Chris Poland, a guitarist who had played with Megadeth before, to join the band again. Poland almost accepted the offer, but his manager told him not to, so he did not.[4] Marty Friedman, an American guitarist, sent Mustaine a copy of Dragon's Kiss, an album he played guitar on. Mustaine listened to the album, and then hired Friedman to play for Megadeth.

The album title was taken from a sticker on a back of a car that Mustaine saw. The sticker read: 'May all your nuclear weapons rust in peace'. Mustaine liked the sticker, and used it for the title of the album.[5]

The album's art was made by artist Ed Repka, who had done art for Megadeth albums before. It shows the band's mascot, Vic Rattlehead, and many world leaders from 1990 looking at an alien body. The leaders on the cover are Toshiki Kaifu, Richard von Weizsäcker, Mikhail Gorbachev, and George H. W. Bush, as well as an unknown British man.[6]

Content[change | change source]

Dave Mustaine wrote all of the songs on Rust in Peace.

The lyrics on the album are about many topics: religion, politics, war, Mustaine's trouble with drugs and alcohol abuse[7], as well as UFO theories[8] and the Punisher, a Marvel character.[9]

The first song, "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due", is inspired by the The Troubles, where Catholics in Northern Ireland who wanted to be independent from the United Kingdom were fighting against Protestants who wanted Northern Ireland to stay with the UK. Mustaine has said that when he was at a show in Antrim, he found fake Megadeth T-shirts that were being sold. However, when he was told that the money from the shirts was going to "The Cause", which he was told was a group that wanted to have peace in the area, he allowed the fake shirts to continue to be sold.[10] Liking how "The Cause" was described to him, Mustaine played "Anarchy in the U.K." in support of it, which led to the people at the show start rioting. The band had to travel in a bulletproof bus after the show.[11] This story gave Mustaine the idea to make the song.[9]

"Rust in Peace... Polaris" is about nuclear war.[12] the word "Polaris" is about the UGM-27 Polaris, a long range nuclear missile. Mustaine has said that he wrote the song before he was with Metallica.[13]

Menza had the idea for "Hangar 18", a song about Area 51, UFOs, and space aliens.[8]

Release[change | change source]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[14]
Chicago Tribune4/4 stars[15]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[16]
Record Collector4/5 stars[17]
Rock Hard9.5/10[18]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[19]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[20]
Sputnikmusic5/5 stars[21]
Select5/5 stars[22]

Rust in Peace was released on September 24, 1990 by Capitol Records.[23] In 1994, the album sold one million copies in the United States. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America[24], a group that gives out awards for albums that sell many copies. Rust in Peace was remastered in 2004.

When it was released, a lot of people liked the album.[25] Greg Kot, a music writer for the Chicago Tribune, said it was Megadeth's "most accomplished" album.[26] Robert Palmer, a musician and writer for Rolling Stone, wrote that the album showed how far "thrash" can go without being "boring".[27] Mike Stagno from Sputnikmusic said that Mustaine's songwriting for the album was "top-notch".[28]

Legacy[change | change source]

Rust in Peace has been said to have had a big influence on thrash metal.[29] Metal magazine Decibel called the album a "genre-defining work".[30] IGN named Rust in Peace as the fourth best metal album of all time.[31] The album was put in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[32]

In 2010, the band started a 22-show tour across North America for the album's 20th anniversary. The band played the whole album live at every show.[33] Because fans liked the tour, Megadeth also played in South America and Mexico.[34]

"Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" was put in the music game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock,[35] and "Hangar 18" was put in Guitar Hero II.[36] The whole album was released as content for the music game Rock Band, sold as the "Rust in Peace download package".[37] The song "Tornado of Souls" was in Brütal Legend, a video game released in 2009.

A sequel to the song "Hangar 18", named "Return to Hangar", was put on Megadeth's ninth studio album The World Needs a Hero.

Tracklist[change | change source]

All songs written and composed by Dave Mustaine, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due"   6:36
2. "Hangar 18"   5:14
3. "Take No Prisoners"   3:28
4. "Five Magics"   5:42
5. "Poison Was the Cure"   2:58
6. "Lucretia" (Music: Mustaine, Dave Ellefson) 3:58
7. "Tornado of Souls" (Lyrics: Mustaine, Ellefson Music: Mustaine) 5:22
8. "Dawn Patrol" (Lyrics: Mustaine, Music: Ellefson) 1:50
9. "Rust in Peace... Polaris"   5:36

Charts[change | change source]

Chart (1990) Best
Australian Albums (ARIA)[38] 47
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[39] 70
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[38] 72
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[38] 21
Japanese Albums Chart (Oricon)[40] 29
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[38] 35
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[38] 34
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[38] 29
UK Albums (Official Charts Company)[41] 8
US Billboard 200[39] 23

Awards[change | change source]

Region Year Given by Award Rank
Canada 2004 Martin Popoff Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of all Time[42] 11
United Kingdom 1990 Kerrang! The 50 Best Albums From 1990[43] 1
1990 Select Albums of the Year[44] 46
2000 Terrorizer The 100 Most Important Albums of the 90s[44] *
2006 Classic Rock & Metal Hammer The 200 Greatest Albums of the 90s[44] *
2010 MusicRadar The 50 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time 6
2014 Metal Hammer 50 Hottest Thrash Albums of All Time[44] 3
United States 2002 Revolver The 69 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time[44] 54
2006 Robert Dimery 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die[44] *
2007 IGN Top 25 Metal Albums[45] 4
2012 Best Heavy Metal Albums of 1990[46] 1
2012 Best Heavy Metal Albums of the 1990s[47] 1
2017 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time[48] 19

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