Megadeth: Rust in Peace 20th Anniversary Edition

Rust in Peace 20th Anniversary
(Shout Factory)

If you close your eyes really tight and think back long enough past the dying hair metal bands and through the wave of flannel from the upstart grunge kids, there was still a place for thrash metal.

It was 1990…Megadeth founder/frontman/guitarist Dave Mustaine was alledgedly sober. He recruited another line up (the band has had more members than anyone can remember, even Mustaine himself) featuring former Cacophony shredder Marty Friedman on guitar and Nick Menza on drums.

The quartet, rounded out by long-time Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, had been building momentum since their 1985 debut Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? took the band to new heights in 1986 and in 1988 they kept banging heads with So Far, So Good…So What!

The new decade saw the band at its pinnacle with their 1990 release Rust in Peace. Fans and critics alike called the album Megadeth’s best ever and most still hold that notion largely in part to the tracks “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due,” “Rust In Peace…Polaris,” and the standout track “Hangar 18.” It wasn’t the songs so much that made this album what it is, but more the jaw-dropping grinding complex rhythms and speed metal solos Mustaine and Friedman flawlessly executed.

Earlier this year, Mustaine took the boys on the road to celebreate the 20th anniversary of the monumental album Rust in Peace,playing it in its entirety. On March 31, 2010, the final evening of their Rust In Peace 20th anniversary at the legendary Hollywood Palladium Megadeth not only recoded the show for a live album but also filmed it for a DVD. Sold seperately, Megadeth Rust in Peace Live (Shout Factory Records) finds the band playing all nine songs to perfection.

With the return of original bassist David Ellefson, Mustaine along with Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar) hits the stage with a small greeting to the fans then explodes into Rust in Peace playing all nine songs without any banter until they are finished.

The crowd, sweaty, bruised and sore necks from the head banging, wasn’t ready to leave so the band hit the stage one more time ripping through their classic “Holy Wars;” “In My Darkest Hour;” “Symphony Of Destruction;” and closed with arguably their best song “Peace Sells.” In all, the encore was seven more Megadeth songs leaving the crowd drained.

Rust in Peace is considered one of the best metal albums of all time and the band proves just why on the CD and DVD release Rust in Peace Live.