Megadeth – Rust In Peace (1990)
1986’s Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? had already proven that Dave Mustiane was a precocious genius – with more technical riffs up his sleeve than the rest of The Big 4 combined – but it was on Rust In Peace where Mega-Dave finally realised his singular vision for Megadeth.
Backed by a weapons-grade, crystal clear production job, Megadeth’s intricate riffing and earth-shattering speed created an album that was machine-like, yet never soulless, and Rust In Peace ushered in an era where bands could showcase their virtuosity without fear. These were thrash musicians who could really play and Megadeth were at the forefront of the technical thrash scene; primed and ready to unleash their arsenal of tricks with a force powerful enough to rival a nuclear detonation.
The band were at their peak in 1990, Mustaine recruited shred legend Marty Friedman (Cacophony) to provide the stunning guitar acrobatics while the rhythm section of Dave Ellefson and Nick Menza locked into a relentless groove; technique and ruthless artistry combining to produce incomparable thrash metal with no let-up and no mercy.
In 1990, the greatest line up in Megadeth’s history produced the greatest album in Megadeth’s long, illustrious career….and it still sounds futuristic to this very day!