Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson formed the band in 1983 shortly after Mustaine’s dismissal from Metallica. A pioneer of the American thrash metal scene, the band is credited as one of the genre’s “big four” with Anthrax, Metallica and Slayer, responsible for thrash metal’s development and popularization. Megadeth plays in a technical style, featuring fast rhythm sections and complex arrangements. Themes of death, war, politics and religion are prominent in the song lyrics.
In 1985, the band released its debut album on the independent label Combat Records. The album’s moderate commercial success caught the attention of bigger labels, which led to Megadeth signing with Capitol Records. Their first major-label album, Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?, was released in 1986 and influenced the underground metal scene. Despite its prominence in thrash metal, frequent disputes between its members and substance abuse issues brought Megadeth negative publicity during this period.
After the lineup stabilized, the band released a number of platinum-selling albums, including Rust in Peace (1990) and Countdown to Extinction (1992). These albums, along with touring worldwide, helped bring public recognition to Megadeth. The band temporarily disbanded in 2002 when Mustaine suffered an arm injury and re-established in 2004 without bassist Ellefson, who had taken legal action against Mustaine. Ellefson settled with Mustaine out of court and rejoined the group in 2010. Megadeth has hosted its own music festival, Gigantour, several times since mid-2005.
As of 2014, Megadeth had sold 50 million records worldwide, earned platinum certification in the United States for five of its fifteen studio albums, and received twelve Grammy nominations. Megadeth won its first Grammy Award in 2017 for the song “Dystopia” in the Best Metal Performance category. The band’s mascot, Vic Rattlehead, regularly appears on album artwork and, since 2010, in live shows. The group has experienced controversy over its musical approach and lyrics, including canceled concerts and album bans. MTV has refused to play two of the band’s videos that the network considered to condone suicide.
Rust in Peace is the fourth studio album by the American thrash metal band Megadeth, released on September 24, 1990 by Capitol Records. Following the departure of band members Jeff Young and Chuck Behler in 1989, Rust in Peace was the first album to feature guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza. Rust in Peace received universal acclaim from fans and critics, and was responsible for bringing Megadeth to the attention of a mainstream metal audience. It has been cited as one of the best thrash metal records of all time by publications such as Decibel and Kerrang!, and listed as one of the 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.
Holy Wars….The Punishment Due—-Great intro blast welcome you the extravagant release from one of the premier Thrash bands in the world. Instrumentally, this is so concise and well played that they might have eclipsed Metallica in technical playing. This is just incredible. Mustaine has a bit of a mellow voice for this genre…which may have been what kept the band in second place. But have no doubt…this is fantastic. Moody…intricate and well played.
Hangar 18—-Somewhat of an odd beginning for me, but this track has resonated with millions and become one of the bands standards at live shows. The drums are very in your face…the leads are fantastic. I wish Mustaine would deliver a bit of a growl with his voice…but the music out does any lack of vocal delivery. I love the technical playing in this band.
Take No Prisoners—-Heavy bass lines and blast of drums smack you in the face as this song begins. The sound….deeper than ordinary almost drowns itself out…but the playing is incredible. Mustaine and the entire band deliver a vocal that is fantastic….sounding a bit manipulated,,,but fitting the instrumentation magically. This track is a journey…different sounds hit you from all directions…this is just fantastic.
Five Magics—-With a long instrumental beginning, I found myself not paying attention as I should have. the band can be too technical and overblown at times. The vocal is nice…but still a bit weak for me…I like it better when on the chorus the entire band joins in and sings along…giving the song a fuller bodied sound.
Poison Was The Cure—-Beginning with a ‘gentler’ tone from the bass line, the track takes a bit to build…making the anticipation a nice quality. The blasts from the leads come at you slowly before building up to a drum that is aggressive and blazing fast. The vocal is fast paced and deeper than normal…exactly what I was needing. This is a great song…perhaps my favorite on this release.
Lucretia—-Building nicely from the previous track, I actually really like the vocal on this song. Much more straight forward Heavy Metal, Mustaine blends in well with the quality of the band in this setting. This is built for him it seems….I love the way he seems to wrap himself in the music…this is fantastic!!!
Tornado Of Souls—-Again, much more straight forward in the musical delivery, this is aggressive but easily listenable. Mustaine hits some nice notes on this song….sounding like a bevy of classic 80’s Metal bands…leaving the heavy Thrash sound behind for a bit. This is really great….I love the music.
Dawn Patrol—-Beginning with a really great HEAVY bass line, the vocal that is delivered at the onset is surprising as hell…sounding evil and with a slight demented sound…the bass line never ceases….delivering and steering the direction of the song while the drums maintain a strong presence in the back drop. Really nice….with an eerie sound and delivery.
Rust In Peace—-Returning to a more straight forward Thrash sound to close out the release, even Mustaine delivers a vocal that is more accessible to me. This reminds me of classic Testament…I love the fact that the higher tones are here…but the deep sound of the song is never lost. This is almost perfect…..the sounds come at you from everywhere.
**** out of 5