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Release date: 21 September 1990
Style: Thrash metal

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9.2 | 2244 votes

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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

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (10)


Additional info
Re-released in 2004

Guest review by
Gorey

Rating:
10
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.

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published 22.09.2003 | Comments (51)

Guest review by
Arian Totalis

Rating:
9.5
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.

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published 17.01.2009 | Comments (19)

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pauli2 - 15.05.2011 at 00:07  
  Great album! Love it!
JCJen7 - 17.05.2011 at 04:45  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 01.05.2011 at 23:25

Written by BitterCOld on 01.05.2011 at 23:22

Great album, but doesn't have the balls that Peace Sells does. it's non-threatening thrash.


Exactly, it misses that rough biting edge which is peresent on Peace Sells. There Dave still sounds really angry. And also the instrumentation is less slick.


Well, obviously this does not have as much of a bite as Peace Sells, but in my opinion that is what makes THIS album so great, compared to hundreds of other great "raw" thrash albums. I mean I wouldn't want to listen to this all the time, but the slick production, and the bigger focus on technicality and complexity than on rawness and speed is what makes this such a great album IMO. I mean, there were a lot of great thrash bands in the 80's obviously, but it seems to me that only ONE band reallllly had the firepower to write and perform stuff like Hangar 18, Lucretia, or Tornado of Souls. I mean, in my opinion, this is a one of a kind album. I realize that none of this means that it is necessarily a GOOD album, but that is up to the listener. I am simply saying of course this doesn't have the raw bite as hundreds of other thrash records, BUT it's not supposed to either.
scorpions x - 28.05.2011 at 13:47  
Rating: 10 Megadeth Rullllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllls \m/
Cill O' Connor - 29.05.2011 at 20:34  
Rating: 10 Kinda the best thing I've ever heard and likely ever will hear, and I'm okay with that, because Rust In Peace is just that good.
Cuca Beludo - 09.06.2011 at 18:07  
  How can 21 peoples rate it with an 1?
Troy Killjoy - 09.06.2011 at 18:12  
 
Written by Guest on 09.06.2011 at 18:07

How can 21 peoples rate it with an 1?

Mostly vote abuse, although one or two of those people probably think it's a piece of shit.

I think it's one of Megadeth's best albums and I wouldn't give it more than a 7.
Cynic Metalhead - 14.06.2011 at 04:13  
Rating: 9 Its a God's favorite album! Everytime you listen it feels like to put a fucking repeat option on all songs.


snake? snaaaake! - 14.06.2011 at 15:27  
Rating: 10
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 14.06.2011 at 04:13

Its a God's favorite album! Everytime you listen it feels like to put a fucking repeat option on all songs.





Holy shit... we actually agree on something...
Cuca Beludo - 25.06.2011 at 01:22  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 09.06.2011 at 18:12

Written by Guest on 09.06.2011 at 18:07

How can 21 peoples rate it with an 1?

Mostly vote abuse, although one or two of those people probably think it's a piece of shit.

I think it's one of Megadeth's best albums and I wouldn't give it more than a 7.


Or maybe their want to thumbs up their favorite albuns that is too deep.
Man, i'm always quoted by you!
Cynic Metalhead - 30.06.2011 at 07:39  
Rating: 9
Written by snake? snaaaake! on 14.06.2011 at 15:27

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 14.06.2011 at 04:13

Its a God's favorite album! Everytime you listen it feels like to put a fucking repeat option on all songs.





Holy shit... we actually agree on something...


sandra2 - 30.06.2011 at 19:53  
  This is freaking good album.
MechanisT - 04.07.2011 at 15:34  
  Maybe THE thrash album of all time, in my opinion, although I am still undecided whether this accolade should go to this one, or Metallica's Ride the Lightning. Excellent album, regardless.
Timmeh - 12.07.2011 at 04:55  
Rating: 9 'Hangar 18' in my opinion is the single greatest guitar composition ever created at least in metal anyway.
rohmann - 02.08.2011 at 12:06  
Rating: 10 There where two Metal Albums that blew me away from the first moment: Metallica's Master of Puppets and Megadeth's Rust in Peace. Simply the best Metal Album of all time!
Megathalica - 05.08.2011 at 17:25  
  The best Thrash Metal album of all time.
ErnilEnNaur - 06.08.2011 at 21:44  
  This is actually a lot better than Peace Sells. Better vocals, better production, superior soloing. I don't consider raw production a bonus any more than I consider blurriness of a photograph a bonus. Peace had some catchier riffs maybe, but overall it was pretty far from the quality of Rust In Peace, it didn't feel as complete and thought-out. Peace Sells is one of the greatest thrash albums for sure, but RIP is one of the top 10 metal albums overall. I don't believe that there can ever be such a thing as a perfect album, but if I did, then this would be it.
Megathalica - 07.08.2011 at 17:36  
  I agree with you.
Captain Obvious - 10.08.2011 at 02:25  
Rating: 10 The word ''Flawless'' is sometimes overused in the metal world. But this album is one of the few that are completely flawless, along with Black Sabbath's Master of Reality and Morbid Angel's Altars of Madness...
BeastOfMetal456 - 12.08.2011 at 18:09  
  IMO this album has the best lead guitar work ever, just listen to Hangar 18, and try to count the solos.
Fradd - 26.08.2011 at 16:21  
Rating: 9 Is this album good? It's Excellent. Is this album heavy metal's best? No.
JD - 26.08.2011 at 16:48  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 09.06.2011 at 18:12

Mostly vote abuse, although one or two of those people probably think it's a piece of shit.

In other words, Metallica's fanboys.
BitterCOld - 26.08.2011 at 22:40  
Rating: 8
Written by JD on 26.08.2011 at 16:48

Written by Troy Killjoy on 09.06.2011 at 18:12

Mostly vote abuse, although one or two of those people probably think it's a piece of shit.

In other words, Metallica's fanboys.


and master of puppets has 18 1's... megadave fanbois?
Mr. Doctor - 26.08.2011 at 22:43  
 
Written by BitterCOld on 26.08.2011 at 22:40

if it weren't for reasonable people on staff, i'd nuke and delete the perms of ANYONE who voted a top 20 album of all time with a 1.


I'm not reasonable then... Because I would do the same
BitterCOld - 26.08.2011 at 22:45  
Rating: 8 Haha, just trimmed that part out... although if you start looking at people who cast 1 votes for Master Of Puppets, some also hit Megadeth. most of the vote abusers just pop by vote and never return.
Human Waste - 28.08.2011 at 01:39  
Rating: 10 An Album For All Seasons...:metal:
ThisIsEndgame - 28.08.2011 at 01:48  
Rating: 10 The most Perfect thrash metal album from beginning to end in my eyes. 10 for the 1990 versions of every song. a 9.6 for the remastered
SoniaRavenHair - 29.08.2011 at 15:05  
Rating: 10 If you do not have this album your collection is not complete.
Absak - 04.09.2011 at 09:22  
Rating: 7 I can think of quite a few albums that should be #1 instead of this. I can't say that this album is not a landmark, but I can't rate it anything over "good" because the vocals bring the album down so much for me. The songwriting is top notch but the whiny bitch vocals make it unbearable for me. What I look for in thrash metal vocals is either ferocity or actual singing capability (this has neither), that's why whenever I want to listen to this album, I always end up listening to Artillery's By Inheritance.
elekctric - 15.09.2011 at 12:13  
Rating: 10 This is awesome for me to see ... I just recently turned a lifelong Metallica fan to Megadeth ... and to see them even on one website at number one seals the deal .... Plus personally their full performance at American Carnage sealed that deal even further .... to quote Dave ... "That was Rust In Peace"
Death - 27.09.2011 at 00:58  
Rating: 10
Written by Absak on 04.09.2011 at 09:22

I can think of quite a few albums that should be #1 instead of this. I can't say that this album is not a landmark, but I can't rate it anything over "good" because the vocals bring the album down so much for me. The songwriting is top notch but the whiny bitch vocals make it unbearable for me. What I look for in thrash metal vocals is either ferocity or actual singing capability (this has neither), that's why whenever I want to listen to this album, I always end up listening to Artillery's By Inheritance.



If I were you I would pretend not knowing what genre this album belongs to and listen to it that way. Assume you've never listened to any Thrash records before.

I think it is better to lower expectation in this sort of a situation. Maybe than the vocals won't be much of a deal to you.

In my younger days in metal, when i only listened to clean vocals, i really despised death-growls but then got completely used to harsh vocals.

Give it a few more tries, i bet you'll like Megadeth more.
skeletorissatan - 30.09.2011 at 16:06  
  This is an amazing album. However, i really DONT like Daves Vocals on Tornado Of Souls or Rust In Peac Polaris... "LOTS OF BANANAS! THE END DOESNT SCARE US" LOL!
Vonpire - 30.09.2011 at 16:59  
Rating: 10 Whoooooot \oo/
Hardrockpower - 14.10.2011 at 17:31  
Rating: 9 In my opinion the two most consistent thrash bands are Megadeth and Overkill. Rust In Peace is nearly flawless.
Troy Killjoy - 14.10.2011 at 19:17  
 
Written by Hardrockpower on 14.10.2011 at 17:31
In my opinion the two most consistent thrash bands are Megadeth and Overkill. Rust In Peace is nearly flawless.

I can get on board with Overkill, but Megadeth? They pulled a Metallica and went down the rock route for so long it's hard to think of them as a thrash band anymore. :/
BitterCOld - 14.10.2011 at 20:11  
Rating: 8
Written by skeletorissatan on 30.09.2011 at 16:06

This is an amazing album. However, i really DONT like Daves Vocals on Tornado Of Souls or Rust In Peac Polaris... "LOTS OF BANANAS! THE END DOESNT SCARE US" LOL!




thigh master... leg magic!
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.10.2011 at 20:17  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 14.10.2011 at 19:17

Written by Hardrockpower on 14.10.2011 at 17:31
In my opinion the two most consistent thrash bands are Megadeth and Overkill. Rust In Peace is nearly flawless.

I can get on board with Overkill, but Megadeth? They pulled a Metallica and went down the rock route for so long it's hard to think of them as a thrash band anymore. :/


Overkill are consistent, ture, consistently boring except for their first two and their last.
skeletorissatan - 18.10.2011 at 14:09  
 
Written by BitterCOld on 14.10.2011 at 20:11

Written by skeletorissatan on 30.09.2011 at 16:06

This is an amazing album. However, i really DONT like Daves Vocals on Tornado Of Souls or Rust In Peac Polaris... "LOTS OF BANANAS! THE END DOESNT SCARE US" LOL!




thigh master... leg magic!

Lol. *Pinches nose* Swaying to the symphony.... of destruction *Unpinches nose*. Daves vocals are truly horrible
masterofpeace95 - 03.11.2011 at 02:22  
Rating: 10 There are only a few albums that I've given a 10, but this masterpiece deserves it. Every song is just amazing to listen to. This is one of the few albums that I could listen to without skipping any songs. And no, I'm not one of those holy wars and hangar 18 narks. This whole album is just amazing, but If I had to pick my favoutites they would be, Hangar 18, five magics, and tornado of souls
JÄY - 13.11.2011 at 04:53  
Rating: 10
Written by BitterCOld on 14.10.2011 at 20:11

Written by skeletorissatan on 30.09.2011 at 16:06

This is an amazing album. However, i really DONT like Daves Vocals on Tornado Of Souls or Rust In Peac Polaris... "LOTS OF BANANAS! THE END DOESNT SCARE US" LOL!




thigh master... leg magic!

DISCLAIMER: THIS MAY OFFEND
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Lit. - 04.12.2011 at 04:23  
 
Written by skeletorissatan on 18.10.2011 at 14:09

Written by BitterCOld on 14.10.2011 at 20:11

Written by skeletorissatan on 30.09.2011 at 16:06

This is an amazing album. However, i really DONT like Daves Vocals on Tornado Of Souls or Rust In Peac Polaris... "LOTS OF BANANAS! THE END DOESNT SCARE US" LOL!




thigh master... leg magic!

Lol. *Pinches nose* Swaying to the symphony.... of destruction *Unpinches nose*. Daves vocals are truly horrible


Who needs good vocals when you shred like the Devil himself?
musicalkaratekid - 06.02.2012 at 21:16  
Rating: 10 This album is completely and utterly insane. Riffs and solos flying everywhere, mustaine's menacing vocals and the mad drums contributing to the awesomeness of this album. Yeah, i guess i like it.
Korah - 01.03.2012 at 19:25  
Rating: 10 The only album with "Master of Puppets" to got only perfect songs!!
Pelagial - 01.03.2012 at 20:46  
  Perfect Album
Illog1cal - 16.05.2012 at 22:37  
  Its all brilliant.
giorgos_gr - 18.05.2012 at 13:45  
Rating: 10 RUST IN FUC***ING PEACE!!!!!!!
bolaagen3 - 29.05.2012 at 01:15  
  Very beautiful
Neiluria - 31.05.2012 at 22:53  
Rating: 10 Best albums megadeth, same level as "Master of Puppets" by Metallica.
Cuca Beludo - 06.06.2012 at 22:04  
  Well... all songs are great. But I desagree with the comment above: MoP is better.
Paw!! - 21.06.2012 at 17:36  
Rating: 10 FEEL IT ! the greatness of the best album from the best thrash metal band in 1990
lord artan - 09.07.2012 at 19:37  
Rating: 10 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due...awesome...

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