Rust In Peace – the album which cemented Megadeth’s position as one of the best metal bands ever. Since all the big bands back then were trying to outdo each other in terms of speed, heaviness and aggression, Rust In Peace, I think, is also responsible for Kerry King binge-eating, getting tattooed all over and going bald, and James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich downing drink after drink and shitting their pants immediately after.
So Mr. Dave Mustaine walks onstage with his Flying V, raises the fucking horns to an enthused crowd, states casually that everybody knows why everybody’s there, and proceeds to musically rape Metallica and Slayer all over again.
The best fucking thing I love about Mustaine on this DVD is that there is no pomp whatsoever. No conceited announcements, no demanding respect from the audience… but then, this is Megadeth we’re talking about. Megadeth don’t need no frills, baby… Megadeth is the frills.
To those who have a problem with Dave’s singing: FUCK YOU.
Dave Mustaine is in a league of his own. He doesn’t go ooh-ing and aah-ing and yeh-yeh-yeh; Dave Mustaine has his own voice, sounds like nobody else, is inimitable, and sticks to his non-bombastic style of singing which you kids should learn to appreciate and respect. Don’t ever make the mistake of telling me Dave Mustaine is a bad singer, because he sings his songs just right, has the right to sing his songs differently during live performances if he feels like, and his enunciation is fucking excellent. Dave Mustaine is NOT a poor vocalist. Your father is a poor vocalist.
Marty Friedman is sorely missed here – Chris Broderick is great but he’s not Marty Friedman. Nick Menza may not be missed that much because Shawn Drover comes across as a master of precision on this one. David Ellefson Jr. is just happy to be back in Dave Mustaine’s band, I guess. And as for Dave Mustaine, what can I say… Dave Mustaine is a fucking metal god.
Dave doesn’t say a word in between the songs, and speaks a little after the set, just before the encore. This DVD also has a few songs from other albums and some behind-the-scenes footage. It’s tough to digest that Megadeth released Rust In Peace over two decades ago because it sounds fresh as ever. The album is like a slab of lean red meat – you can chomp away knowing it will do you a lot of good. Excellent songwriting, jaw-dropping musicianship and Dave Mustaine pushing his band’s limits in every direction outwards is what made Rust In Peace the perfect speed metal album.