Megadeth – Rust in Peace – 25 Days of Christmas – Metal Countdown: Day 9

Metal Mofos’ Isaac Sauers gives us a holiday treat as he counts down 25 days till Christmas with 25  of his favorite must own metal and hard rock albums. Join us daily through December 25th to read the latest entry.

Megadeth’s Rust in Peace.  This album has “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due” and “Hangar 18”.  This is the best 1-2 punch in heavy metal history. Name a better two opening tracks.  I dare you.  The brilliant musical complexity of these two songs blows me away every time I listen to them.  In my opinion they are also the best songs in Megadeth’s repertoire. Killer riffs, killer solos, killer bass lines, killer drums.  These two songs will kill you. These are songs people can use to convert heavy metal haters into heavy metal lovers.

I’ll let you in on a really dirty secret of mine.  I don’t think Megadeth’s first three albums were that great compared to Rust in Peace.  I’m going to get a lot of crap for that, but that’s my opinion.  Of course Killing is My Business, Peace Sells, and So Far, So Good.. So What! have their bright moments! A lot of the old school thrash fans who were listening to this music when it was first released will tell you the first three Megadeth albums are absolute classics, and they are, but they’re just not on the same level as Rust in Peace. 


The two Daves (Mustaine and Ellefson) were joined by guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza for this album and created the magic (maybe Five Magics?) for this album. There really isn’t a bad song on this whole album. They’re all classics.

Unlike some of their peers, Megadeth are still putting out high quality metal albums. If you haven’t heard Dystopia it’s a must. It’s one of the best albums of 2016.



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