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Release date: 21 September 1990
Style: Thrash metal


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01. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
02. Hangar 18
03. Take No Prisoners
04. Five Magics
05. Poison Was The Cure
06. Lucretia
07. Tornado Of Souls
08. Dawn Patrol
09. Rust In Peace... Polaris
10. My Creation [2004 re-released bonus]
11. Rust In Peace...Polaris [demo version][2004 re-released bonus]
12. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due [demo version][2004 re-released bonus]
13. Take No Prisoners [demo version][2004 re-released bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1990: 1

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Lyrics (10)

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Re-released in 2004

Guest review by

1990 is a year to be remembered in the history of heavy metal. And it has to be said that the US Megadeth have made a lot for it with the launch of their cataclysmic opus, Rust In Peace. After three albums of good quality the four guys decided to release a (nuclear) bomb that has become a landmark in the metal world.
Dave Mustaine publicly reveals his genius, accompanied by his old mate Dave Ellefson. For this album, Mustaine has hired a new guitarist, Marty Friedman, and a drummer, Nick Menza. The first impression when you hear this album, is its pure, almost uncontrolled strength, that changes every riff into an earthquake.The guitars are omnipresent, they rhythm, without any moment of weakness, the lyrics, resolutely anti military and full of nuclear apocalypse. In this point of view, the excellent ?Holy wars? is a titanic opening. This track can be considered as a symbol of all the rage and determination that the album contains, as it combines heavy repeating riffs and guitar flights. This only track can justify the purchase of this album. Because it's a boost that allows the other tracks to be linked together with a great fluidity.

published 22.09.2003 | Comments (51)

Guest review by
Arian Totalis

The year is 1990, and the 80's thrash scene will soon fade into the backdrop. There seems to be no hope for this genre beyond but a few bands, but only one of these bands was needed; Megadeth. Since the last album, Dave have ousted Chuck Behler and Jeff Young, and replaced them with Nick Menza and Guitar Giant Marty Friedman. With Political and Societal themes ready to launch, Megadeth was ready to make their fans Rust in Peace.

published 17.01.2009 | Comments (19)

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Fearmeister - 02.02.2015 at 21:35  
Rating: 10 Why do people get so worked up about vocals in thrash metal?
!J.O.O.E.! - 02.02.2015 at 21:36  
Written by Fearmeister on 02.02.2015 at 21:35

Why do people get so worked up about vocals in thrash metal?

To be fair most of them are awful. Like a horrible (albeit not literal) midground between black and death vocals, sans any real talent to do either. I tend to measure thrash vocals by how not irritating / grating they are, rather than how good they are like pretty much every other genre.
!J.O.O.E.! - 03.02.2015 at 01:37  
  Funny as Souza is basically the one thrash vocalist I enjoy
Marcel Hubregtse - 03.02.2015 at 01:43  
  Souza is great, but Balloff is better but Blitz is horrendous but Mustaine truly is the single worst thrash vocalist around. But tbh Souza isn't a shadow of himself. But then again the other bad ones are even worse nowadays.
Marcel Hubregtse - 03.02.2015 at 01:58  
Written by deadone on 03.02.2015 at 01:55

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 03.02.2015 at 01:37

Funny as Souza is basically the one thrash vocalist I enjoy

I don't mind Souza (prefer Baloff) and have always enjoyed Bltiz's work.

I'm more sick of same sounding clones who just ape the classics and often don't do it as good.

So like Dukes in Exodus who tried to sound like, and to be honest sounded a lot like, Souza in Exodus?
Mattybu - 03.02.2015 at 04:37  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.02.2015 at 01:43

Mustaine truly is the single worst thrash vocalist around.

I like the fact that on the first few Megadeth albums he just sounds like a guy emphatically saying/yelling a bunch of stuff. When he tries to actually sing it gets worse.
Marcel Hubregtse - 03.02.2015 at 04:51  
Written by deadone on 03.02.2015 at 02:13

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.02.2015 at 01:58

So like Dukes in Exodus who tried to sound like, and to be honest sounded a lot like, Souza in Exodus?

Never a fan of any of the Dukes era Exodus. Tempo of the Damned is the last album of theirs I have time for (I haven't heard the new one though).

Neither was I. But it hadn't hadn't to do with Dukes. It was the shoddy songwriting by Exodus with their songs which were way too long for their own good (just like Machine Head;s songs)
Mountain King - 18.02.2015 at 00:13  
  Definitely not number 1 of all time. I could name dozens of albums that are better in many ways, not to mention crappy vocals but that's not why Megadeth are popular anyway. Life is weird sometimes...
BernardoSharpFreire - 17.07.2015 at 03:37  
Rating: 10 Rust in Peace, what more can be said? Mustaine's voice is what it is and Megadeth's fan base enjoys that way, it's what makes the band different beside the mindblowing guitar work. I have much to listen in the world of metal but this is something special, the personal and nuclear lyrics, the flow, the consistency, the fast riffs, man... i am young, but so far this my album, the perfect 10.
Introspekrieg - 09.08.2015 at 02:06  
  The Onion knows.
NicicumCumva - 18.09.2015 at 22:05  
  It just can't get any better than this.
TragicBronson123 - 26.11.2015 at 19:45  
Rating: 8 I love this album,and i love megadeth,but i don't think this should be the best ranked album of all time imo.
MetalDay - 12.02.2016 at 11:38  
Rating: 10 Cannot be less than a 10 for me. Incredible quantity of high-quality solos in this album. For sure one of the best metal albums of all time.

16 April 1990 : Hammerheart
03 July 1990 : Cowboys From Hell
03 September 1990 : Painkiller
12 September 1990 : Never, Neverland
21 Septembre 1990 : Rust In Peace
09 October 1990 : Seasons In The Abyss
06 November 1990 : Coma Of Souls

-> Pretty prolific period metal-wise

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