Megadeth: Rust in Peace [1990]

Released September 24, 1990
Recorded 1989–1990
Genre Thrash metalspeed metal
Length 40:44
Label CapitolCombat
Producer Dave MustaineMike Clink

Rust in Peace is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Megadeth, released on September 24, 1990. It was the third Megadeth album distributed through Capitol Records. The album was the band’s only collaboration with record producer Mike Clink who was the first producer to successfully produce a Megadeth album from start to finish, without being fired. It was the first album to feature guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza, following the firing of both Jeff Young and Chuck Behler in 1989.

There are nine tracks on the album, with lyrics inspired by subjects ranging from nuclear falloutwarreligionArea 51 and fantasy. Two singles were released from the album: “Hangar 18” and “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due“, which have become staples of the band’s live performances. Rust in Peace was very well received by both critics and fans and was responsible for bringing Megadeth to the attention of a mainstream metal audience, and it is considered one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time. The album was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 33rd Grammy Awards, and “Hangar 18” was nominated for the same award at the34th Grammy Awards.[1][2] Allmusic described the record as “easily Megadeth’s strongest musical effort”, and it was noted as one of1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. It is also the first Megadeth album without an ellipsis in the title.

remixed and remastered version, featuring several bonus tracks, was released in 2004. A limited edition 180g LP using the original mix was issued in the U.S. in 2008 by Capitol Records. In addition, in January 2010, the band announced that they would be doing aNorth American tour to commemorate the album’s 20th anniversary. They performed the whole album live, including three tracks that had never previously been performed live, “Five Magics”, “Poison Was the Cure”, and “Rust in Peace… Polaris”. Their performance at the Hollywood Palladium was filmed and released as Rust in Peace Live later that year.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Dave Mustaine, except where noted.

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. Holy Wars… The Punishment Due 6:32
2. Hangar 18 5:11
3. “Take No Prisoners” 3:27
4. “Five Magics” 5:39
5. “Poison Was the Cure” 2:56
6. “Lucretia” Mustaine, Dave Ellefson 3:56
7. “Tornado of Souls” Mustaine, Ellefson 5:19
8. “Dawn Patrol” Ellefson 1:51
9. “Rust in Peace… Polaris” 5:35
Total length:
40:44

Lyrics

1. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due

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
My past erased, no more disgrace
No foolish naive stand

The end is near, it’s crystal clear
Part of the master plan
Don’t look now to Israel
It might be in your homelands

Holy wars

Upon my podium, as the
Know it all scholar
Down in my seat of judgement
Gavel’s bang, uphold the law
Up on my soapbox, a leader
Out to change the world
Down in my pulpit as the holier
Than-thou-could-be-messenger of God

Wage the war on organized crime
Sneak attacks, repel down the rocks
Behind the lines
Some people risk to employ me
Some people live to destroy me
Either way they die.

They killed my wife, and my baby
With hopes to enslave me
First mistake…last mistake!
Paid by the alliance, to slay all the giants
Next mistake…no more mistakes!

Fill the cracks in, with judicial granite
Because I don’t say it, don’t mean I ain’t
thinking it
Next thing you know, they’ll take my thoughts away
I know what I said, now I must scream of the overdose
And the lack of mercy killings.

2. Hangar 18

Welcome to our fortress tall
Take some time to show you around
Impossible to break these walls
For you see the steel is much too strong
Computer banks to rule the world
Instruments to sight the stars

Possibly I’ve seen too much
Hangar 18 I know too much.

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.

3. Take No Prisoners

Got on chance, infiltrate them
Get it right, terminate them
The Panzers will, permeate them
Break their pride, denigrate them
And their people, retrograde them
Typhus, deteriate them
Epidemic, devastate them
Take no prisoners, cremate them

Going to war, give ’em hell
D-Day, next stop Normandie
Beginning of the end
WE know how to and sure as shit we’ll win
War is peace sure man
A retreat for the damned
A playground for the demented
A haven for those who walk this world
Bereft of heart and soul
Love and war they say all is fair
Take his life
But won’t take his hair
Your body has parts your
Country can spare
By the way son here’s
Your wheelchair

He once had to be all he could be
Now he’s nothing for no one nowhere to see
Funny thing, he’s like you & me
It’s a funny thing, a funny thing
Tears streak his solemn stare
Abandoned for wreckage nobody cares
No one knew what would happen there
No one spoke no one even dared
Don’t ask what you can do for you country
Ask what your country can do for you
Take no prisoners, take no shit

4. Five Magics

Bestow upon me knowledge
Wizard, all knowing, all wise
I want to rule this kingdom
Make sweet the breeze now defiled
Dethrone the evil prince’s iron fists
In velvet gloves of sin
Parade the grey robed monks
The vestal virgins, wheel the wyvern’s in

Let the ceremony consecrate the marriage
Let me be the protege of Five Magics

Give me alchemy, give me wizardy,
Give me sorcery, thermatology
Electricity, magic if you please,
Master all of these, bring him to his knees

I master five magics, I master five magics
I master five magics, I master five magics

Possessed with hellish torment, possessed with hellish torment
I master magics five, I master magics five
Hunting the abyss lord, hunting the abyss lord
Only one will stay alive, only one will stay alive
He who lives by the sword, he who lives by the sword
Will surely also die, will surely also die
He who lives in sin, he who lives in sin
Will surely live the lie

[Solo: Mustaine]

5. Poison Was The Cure

I miss the warm embrace I felt
First time you touched me
Secure and safe in open arms
I should have known you’d crush me
A snake you were when we met
I loved you anyway
Pulling out your poisoned fangs
The venom never goes away
Serpent swims free in my blood
Dragons sleeping in my veins
Jackyl speaking with tongue
Roach egg laying in my brain
Once stalked beneath your shadow
Sleepwalking to the gallows
I’m the sun that beats your brow in
’til I finally threw the towel in
Never knowing if I’d wake up in a
Whirlpool got redundant
My brain was just some driftwood
In a cesspool I became dead
From a rock star to a desk fool
Was my destiny someone said
Love’s a tide pool
Taste the waters life’s abundant
Taste me

6. Lucretia

Sitting up late at night
A tiptoe through the darkness
Cold as hell black as spades
Aware of my immediate surrounding
In my place I escape
Up into my hideout
Hiding from everyone
My friends all say
Dave your mental anyway hey!
Drift into a deeper state
I stalk the cobwebbed stairways
Dirt grits beneath me feet
The stair creaks, I precariously sneak

Hypnosis guides my hand
I slipside through the walkways
Sit in granny’s rockin’ chair
Memories are whirling by yeah
Reminisce in the attic
Lucretia waits impatiently
Cobwebs make me squint
The cobra so eloquently glints
Moonbeams surge through the sky
The crystal ball’s energized
Surely that like the cat waiting
Lucretia rocks away

7. Tornado Of Souls

This morning I made the call
The one that ends it all
Hanging up, I wanted to cry
But dammit, this well’s gone dry
Not for the money, not for the fame
Not for the power, just no more games
But now I’m safe in the eye of the tornado
I can’t replace the lies, that let a 1000 days go
No more living trapped inside
In her way I’ll surely die
In the eye of the tornado, blow me away

You’ll grow to loathe my name
You’ll hate me just the same
You won’t need your breath
And soon you’ll meet your death
Not from the years, not from the use
Not from the tears, just self abuse

Who’s to say what’s for me to say…be…do
Cause a big nothing it’ll be for me
The land of opportunity
The golden chance for me
My future looks so bright
Now I think I’ve seen the light

Can’t say what’s on my mind
Can’t do what I really feel
In this bed I made for me
Is where I sleep, I really feel
I warn you of the fate
Proven true to late
Your tongue twist perverse
Come drink now of this curse
And now I fill your brain
I spin you round again
My poison fills your head
As I tuck you into bed
You feel my fingertips
You won’t forget my lips
You’ll feel my cold breath
It’s the kiss of death

8. Dawn Patrol

Thermal count is rising
In perpetual writhing
The primordial ooze
And the sanity they lose

Awakened in the morning
To more air pollution warnings
Still we sleepwalk off to work
While our nervous systems jerk

Pretending not to notice
How history had forebode us
With the green house in effect
Our environment was wrecked

Now I can only laugh
As I read our epitaph
We end our lives as moles
In the dark of dawn patrol

9. Rust In Peace…Polaris

Tremble you weakings, cower in fear
I am your ruler, land, sea and air
Immense in my girth, erect I stand tall
I am nuclear murderer I am Polaris
Ready to pounce at the touch of a button
My systems locked in on military gluttons
I rule on land, air and sea
Pass judgement on humanity
Winds blow from the bowels of hell
Will we give warnings, only time will tell
Satan rears his ugly head, to spit into the wind
I spread disease like a dog
Discharge my payload a mile high
Rotten egg air of death wrestles your nostrils
Launch the Polaris, the end doesn’t scare us
When will this cease
The warheads will all rust in peace
Bomb shelters filled to the brim
Survival such a silly whim
World leaders sell missiles cheap
Your stomach turns, your flesh creeps

High priests of holocaust, fire from the sea
Nuclear winter spreading disease
The day of final conflict
All pay the price
The third world war
Rapes peace, takes life
Back to the start, talk of the part
When the Earth was cold as ice
Total dismay as the sun passed away
And the days where black as night

Eradication of Earth’s
Population loves Polaris

10. My Creation

I will give you life
You’ll serve only me
And my will to kill
You will kill for me

All that I desire
All that I command
You are here for me
I’m your master

My creation

I will make for you
A soul mate to love
Unlike your love for me
And you will take my name

She will be your bride
She will serve me too
And I will introduce you to
The Bride of Frankenstein

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s