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30 Years Of Megadeth’s ‘Rust In Peace’

It’s been 30 years since Megadeth released their iconic fourth album ‘Rust In Peace’. That’s right, the album that gave us ‘Hangar 18’ and ‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due’ turned 30 this year!

Widely regarded as one of the best thrash albums of all time, if you’ve not heard ‘Rust In Peace’ before, now’s the perfect time to give it a spin. Stream it below while you read up on some fun facts.


The first single from the album, ‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due!’, could well be Megadeth’s best known track. You’re probably familiar with those gnarly guitar solos, but did you know the lyrics deal with global religious conflict? In fact, Dave Mustaine was inspired to write the song after witnessing the conflict in Northern Ireland.

The cover of ‘Rust In Peace’ also features depictions of world leaders, including ex Prime Minister John Major and former US president George H.W. Bush, alongside the band’s mascot Vic Rattlehead.

…and aliens

‘Hangar 18’, the second single from the album, is inspired by aliens and UFO conspiracy theories. The creepy video is based on theories surrounding the Roswell UFO incident in 1947, and the track has been covered by numerous bands.

Megadeth wrote a sequel to the song entitled ‘Return To Hangar’, which featured on their ninth album ‘The World Needs A Hero’ eleven years later.

the legacy

‘Rust In Peace’ received mass critical acclaim on release, with rave reviews from Rolling Stone, Kerrang!, the Chicago Tribune and others. It also received a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance.

Metal Hammer put the album at number 3 in their ’50 Hottest Thrash Albums’ article, labelled it the best heavy metal album of the 90’s, and it even features in the book ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’.

‘Rust In Peace’ remains one of Megadeth’s most iconic and influential albums to date. But do you think it’s their best? Tell us your favourite Megadeth album on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Megadeth will play Download 2021 on 4th-6th June in Donington Park, as well as headliners KISS, Biffy Clyro and System Of A Down.