Rust in Peace
Megadeth released their fourth studio album, Rust in Peace, in September of 1990. It followed their 1988 release, So Far, So Good… So What!. The album is frequently considered the band’s best and most impactful album. Megadeth managed to tap into a new level of musical maturity with the release. The band kept the speed and intensity from previous releases, but the songs were more dynamic than ever before.
Megadeth has seen several member changes throughout the band’s history. The personnel for Rust in Peace is considered by many fans to be the “classic” Megadeth lineup. This includes Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson along with two newcomers. Guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza replaced Jeff Young and Chris Behler, respectively.
Rust in Peace is an extraordinarily well respected album. It has made Decibel Magazine’s Hall of Fame, and was ranked #19 on this list by Rolling Stone. Kerrang! stated that it “set a new standard for heavy metal in the 90s.” The album was also nominated for the Best Metal Performance at the 33rd Grammy Awards.
According to a Pop Fan
While metalheads love this album, will our resident pop fan, Danielle, love it?
Hear an in-depth discussion in the episode above as we discuss the album track-by-track. Be sure to check out more episodes of According to a Pop Fan!