On September 24th, 1990, thrash giants Megadeth released their third album Rust In Peace. The name comes from a bumper sticker that lead vocalist Dave Mustaine had seen while driving one day saying “May your nuclear weapons rust in peace.” The theme of the album deals mostly with distrust of the Government, UFO conspiracy, religion, drugs, politics and warfare and even oddly enough Marvel Comics “The Punisher.” Rust In Peace is the first successful album from the group, going platinum in 1993 and has been cemented into metal history as one of the quintessential albums of metal.
The opening track is called Holy Wars… The Punishment Due. Dave wrote the song after seeing bootleg shirts being sold at their show in Northern Ireland. He was going to ask to have them removed but was eventually persuaded otherwise when he learned they were being sold to support “The Cause” which is the IRA’s agenda to make Northern Ireland free. The opening lyrics: “Brother will kill brother. Spilling blood across the land. Killing for religion. Something I don't understand. Fools like me, who cross the sea and come to foreign lands. Ask the sheep, for their beliefs. Do you kill on God's command? A country that's divided surely will not stand.” The song is not specifically about the IRA, nor is it about any Holy War in particular, it is rather a statement that there are millions who will kill on command without a moments hesitation for their God, country or beliefs, without ever once considering the consequence. A country that acts this way will never be able to work together much less the entire world.
Hanger 18 is the second track and single from the album; also it is the first Megadeth song I ever actually knew, and I have Guitar Hero III to thank for that as it was featured on the 2007 game. Hanger 18 could be argued as Megadeth’s most popular song. Dealing with the infamous Hanger 18 located in Area 51 the song is primarily about aliens being there and knowledge of them covered up by the Government. It’s honestly a very cut and straight to the point. There’s two verses and two repeats of the chorus. The second verse “Foreign life forms inventory. Suspended State of cryogenics. Selective amnesia's the story. Believed foretold but who'd suspect. The military intelligence. Two words combined that can't make sense. Possibly I've seen too much. Hangar 18 I know too much.” pretty much sums up the point of the song. While being a simple song lyrically, it is heavily complex musically, with multiple guitar solos, complex bass and drum riffs, there is a definite reason why it is such a prolific song.
Rust In Peace, along with their many other albums, has inspired hundreds of musicians world wide and inspiration from their music can be found in bands from then till now worldwide. In the years since, Megadeth has gone through lineup changes, several new albums, some less successful than others, and has been touring almost nonstop for 26 years. Despite all of this, they remain to be one of the most solid metal bands of all time, releasing new material that is better than their original. Ever evolving and trying new things, Megadeth is a class act and will remain long into the future.
Coming up very shortly, Megadeth will be performing at many festivals, such as Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, Rock'n Derby,Rocklahoma, and River City Rockfest.
Also get excited because we have now reviewed all of Megadeth's albums, and we highly recommend you check out all of the reviews and use them as excitement fuel for the upcoming festivals we just mentioned!
Reviews: Killing Is My Business-So Far, So Good, So What?- Rust In Peace- Youthanasia -Countdown to Extinction -Cryptic Writings- Risk- The World Needs A Hero -The System Has Failed - United Abominations - Endgame -Thirteen -Super Collider -Dystopia
Written by Coby Andrews
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